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August 2020

The August issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering includes features on sulfur, separation technology, gas processing, heat exchangers, digitalisation and pressure relief valves. The issue also includes our annual Compressor Review, as well as a regional report examining the latest developments in Australia’s petroleum sector.

This month's front cover is brought to you by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor International.


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Contents

From the fire to the frying pan?
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, looks at Australia’s petroleum sector as it has shifted from contending with fires to tackling COVID-19.

Creating a seamless digital patchwork
Mark Gilbreath and David Savage, Matrix PDM Engineering, USA, examine the efficiency of sulfur’s differing routes to global markets.

Top marks
Frands E. Jensen, Haldor Topsoe A/S, Denmark, looks at a novel way to convert H2S gas to elemental sulfur with low investment and operating costs.

Good processing by design
Senthil Krishnamoorthy, Sulzer, USA, looks at how to identify the most appropriate column components for a hydrocarbon separation process.

The future of FCC
Christian Vaccese and Victor Scalco, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, USA, argue that the future of catalytic cracking is tied to a better bottom line.

Navigating the natural gas journey: part one
In the first part of this two part series, Chris Wallace and Dr Hari Nemmara, Filtration Technology Corp., USA, discuss how to manage liquid contamination along the natural gas journey.

Under the microscope
Ralph H. Weiland, Optimized Gas Treating Inc., USA, outlines how process simulation can help to identify effective methods to improve glycol dehydration.

Engineering for success
Achkan Bagheri, Eric Bleuset, Renaud Egal, and Marie Simonnet, Fives Cryo, France, examine brazed aluminium plate-fin heat exchangers and modern simulation tools for avoiding failures.

Laying the groundwork
Data and its corresponding infrastructure must be ready for consumption by plant personnel and software applications for successful digital technology implementations. Andrew Cole and Rob Turley, KBC, a Yokogawa company, UK, explain why.

Accelerating digital transformation
Ravi Gopinath, AVEVA, UK, explains why rethinking process engineering can boost downstream oil and gas companies’ competitive edge.

Ways and means
John Fuller, Emerson Automation Solutions, USA, looks at IIoT implementations as a way to help users improve control valve performance and predict problems.

Best of three?
Brian Burkhart, Baker Hughes, USA, highlights three options for operators wishing to solve root cause failure modes with direct-spring pressure relief valves.

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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