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August 2019

In this issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering, Matrix PDM Engineering makes four predictions on the implementation and impact of the upcoming IMO sulfur regulations. We also have features on distillation, gas treating, LNG, and our annual Compressor Review.

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What's up in the land down under?
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, explores Australia’s love-hate relationship with fossil fuels, and questions whether the energy sector can meet its carbon pledge.

Predicting the IMO impact
Bevan Houston, Matrix PDM Engineering, USA, makes four predictions on the implementation and impact of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Fuels Sulfur Content Regulation.

Hitting the mark
Jenny Seagraves, ExxonMobil Chemical, USA, and Robert B. Fedich, Essex Consulting, USA, compare amine-based tail gas treating technologies.

Valve tray selection
ChewPeng Ang, Sulzer Chemtech, Singapore, reviews the requirements and properties that petrochemical and chemical industries look for when selecting valve trays for their distillation processes.

Overcoming challenges: part two
In this concluding article, Izak Nieuwoudt and Neil Sandford, Koch-Glitsch, USA, use case studies to question whether there needs to be a trade-off between capacity and efficiency in large diameter trayed towers.

A balancing act: part two
In the final instalment of this two part article, David A.G. Suares, Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd, India, outlines the applicability of the unbalanced heat method through two case studies.

Purging with nitrogen
M. Sirajuddin, Gas Land Inc., USA, outlines how nitrogen generation from membrane technology plays a key role in the LNG industry.

LNG troubleshooting
David Engel, Cody Ridge, and Scott Williams, Nexo Solutions, Amine Optimization Company Division, USA, analyse cryogenic heat exchanger fouling troubleshooting at LNG facilities.

Small but mighty
Massimo Pardocchi, Bilfinger EMS GmbH, Germany, explains how small scale LNG plants could open up new markets.

Power up
Manish Verma, TMEIC, USA, details how using medium voltage adjustable speed drives can help plants save energy and improve power factor.

A juggling act
Vinai Misra, Woodward, USA, outlines the important role that compressor controllers play in the successful operation of ethylene plants.

Next steps in axial compression
Dr Stefan Ubben, MAN Energy Solutions, Germany, looks back at the most important developments of axial compressors and explains why the focus is now on CO2 compressor technology.

In the mix
Massimiliano Di Febo and Pasquale Paganini, IPC, Italy, suggest a method for analysing centrifugal compressor performance and evaluate the influence gas mixture composition has on this.

Compressor review
Hydrocarbon Engineering presents a selection of advanced compressor equipment, technology and services that are available in the downstream oil and gas industry.

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