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August 2012

The August issue focuses on turbomachinery to coincide with the Turbomachinery Symposium which is held in September. We also include our second annual compressor review. Also in this issue you will find a regional report on Sub-Saharan Africa from Contributing Editor Nancy Yamaguchi as well as features on plant maintenance and hydrogen.


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Contents

COMMENT

WORLD NEWS
Contract awards, project updates, industry latest, news digest, diary dates, mergers and acquisitions.

DIVIDED UNDER THE SUN: SUB-SAHARAN REFINING
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, delves into the Sub-Saharan African refining sector, providing a country by country analysis of the region’s downstream oil and gas operations.

THE BEARING NECESSITIES
Chet Farabaugh, SKF Magnetic Bearings, Canada; Mike Creecy, SKF Global Oil and Gas, USA; and Joe Lillard, Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench Company, USA, discuss the expanding number of applications for magnetic bearing systems.

WORKING BENEATH THE SURFACE
Dennis Chalmers, Atlas Copco JC Carter Pumps, discusses how improving the efficiency of third generation LNG and LPG cryogenic pumps can reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions.

BACK FROM THE DEAD
Luis Rodriguez, Sulzer Turbo Services, USA, details how a reliable and custom engineered repair was able to cut cost and turnaround time to one third for a steam turbine used in the petrochemical industry.

COMPRESS TO IMPRESS
Amin Almasi, WorleyParsons Services Pty Ltd, Australia, explores oil injected screw compressor design and selection for hydrocarbon processing applications.

COMPRESSOR REVIEW
Hydrocarbon Engineering presents an overview of the most advanced turbomachinery and compressor technologies currently available to the downstream hydrocarbon processing industry.

THE KEY TO THE LOCK
Stephen Harrison, Linde Gases Division, Germany, and Marco Marquez, Linde North America, USA, explain how the use of hydrogen can unlock the potential of poor quality crudes processed in modern refineries.

A CLEAR VIEW
Clive Wilby, AVEVA, UK, describes how the efficiency of through life plant maintenance can be increased by the use of information management technology right from the FEED stage of the project.

PLANNING AGAINST FAILURE
Ward Lipscomb, Adhesive Services Company, USA, outlines methods to maintain long term rotating equipment reliability.

A SWEET TREAT
Thomas Cassirer, Tranter International AB, Sweden, provides an overview of heat exchangers for amine gas treating applications.

STICK OR TWIST? SPECIAL AND GENERIC SOLVENTS: PART TWO
Tofik K. Khanmamedov, TKK Company, USA, Duke Tunnell, BSDT Seminars, USA, and Vitaly A. Khodakovsky, OJSC ‘Yuzhniigirpogaz’, Ukraine, explore the strategies for acid gas enrichment and tail gas treatment, focusing on whether special solvents or generic solvents should be used. Part two of this two part article focuses on the enrichment of various gas streams using different flow sheets.

15 FACTS ON... TURBOMACHINERY
15 nuggets of information on turbomachinery, exploring its history and application in various industries, including oil and gas.


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