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December 2009

The December Regional Report from Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, looks at North Africa’s oil and gas industry. Sulfur is a focus in this issue with articles from Gordon Cope, Hydrocarbon Engineering Correspondent, and Sandvik. Also, Bryan Research and Engineering Inc., begin their evaluation of general rules of thumb in amine sweetening unit design and operation.


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Contents

Developments in North Africa
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, discusses North African oil and gas, and the development of the refining industry

The yellow roadblock
Gordon Cope, Hydrocarbon Engineering Correspondent, examines how the coming glut of sulfur poses big problems

A successful installation
Ulrich Nanz, Sandvik, Germany, details a new sulfur solidification and handling system at the Jamnagar refinery

Getting rid of waste ammonia
Lorenzo Micucci, Siirtec Nigi SpA, Italy, offers a guide to ammonia treatment with Claus units

Rules of thumb: Part 1
Luke Addington and Chris Ness, Bryan Research and Engineering, Inc., USA begin an evaluation of general ‘rules of thumb’ in amine sweetening unit design and operation

Pollution control pays off
P.S. Helm and R.T. Jacobsen, Sabin Metal West Corporation, USA, investigate environmental sensitivity in the secondary precious metal recovery industry

Cutting costs without cutting corners
Bernhard O. Herzog, ABB Global Consulting, Switzerland, and Paul Jackson, ABB Process Automation, UK, explain how risk based inspection can reduce costs

Higher returns on investment
Dag Pettersen, Sharecat Solutions, Norway, explains how information technology can help solve the costly problem of underperforming energy supply chains

Reducing risks and cutting costs
Juha Kivelä, Metso Automation, Inc., Finland, looks at the benefits of new generation safety valve controllers

Aftermarket solutions
Scott McPherson, Sulzer Pumps, Inc., USA, presents solutions for the abrasive services aftermarket


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