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August 2013

The August issue is home to our annual Compressor Review and a further editorial feature on turbomachinery. The regional report looks at the Indian downstream market and our 15 facts focus on the oilsands. We also have editorial focused on blending, sulfur removal and plant upgrades and turnarounds.


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Contents

03 COMMENT

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

12 THE RISE OF INDIA
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, discusses the factors that have influenced India's rise as a petroleum product market and trader.

24 EXPANDER EVOLUTION
Phillip Dowson, Mike Minnerly, and Carl Schuster, Elliott Group, USA, discuss the evolution and improvements in FCC expander technology since their 1960s introduction.

31 FORWARD THINKING, BACKWARD RUNNING
Ron Adams, Sulzer Pumps, espouses the benefits of hydraulic power recovery turbines.

36 BUNKER BLENDING
Ara Barsamian, Refinery Automation Institute LLC, USA, discusses how smart bunker blending can lead to dramatic reductions in marine fuel costs.

41 PREPARING FOR NOX EMISSIONS REDUCTION
Scott T. Eagleson and Nick Confuorto, Belco Technologies Corporation, USA, discuss the need to prepare wet scrubbing systems for future stringent NOx requirements.

47 HYDROPROCESSING REACTOR INTERNALS
Roberta Cenni, Haldor Topsoe, Denmark and Dan Morton, Haldor Topsoe, USA, discuss common issues in connection with design of internals and the benefits yielded by recent improvements.

53 THE IMPORTANCE OF PILOT PLANT TESTING
Michel Melin, Stefan Brandt, Daniel McQueen and Colin Baillie, Grace Catalysts Technologies, Germany, outline the importance of conducting pilot plant testing prior to fluid catalytic cracking catalyst selection.

57 PEDESTAL REPAIR
Ward Lipscomb, Adhesive Services Company, USA, discusses turnkey foundation repair with the equipment in place.

61 COMPLEX GAS PROCESSING MADE SIMPLE
Matthijs de Oude, Shell Global Solutions International BV, The Netherlands, discusses how gas projects can optimise the costs and complexity of their process line ups.

65 STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
Kristian J. Hoffman and Angela Seipel, Thermo Fisher Scientific, UK, explore the measurement of ultra low levels of sulfur and nitrogen in aromatic hydrocarbons and oxygenates.

68 MAXIMISING REFINERY FLEXIBILITY
Timothy D. Lebrecht, Air Products, USA, recommends oxygen enrichment technology to optimise the operating flexibility in refineries and maximise profitability.

75 TIME TO KILL
Doug Nordstrom and Mike Adkins, Swagelok Company, USA, explain how to use a regulator to reduce time delay in an analytical system.

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

96 15 FACTS ON...THE OILSANDS
15 things you may, or may not know about the oilsands.


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