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December 2010

The final issue of 2010 looks at Asia with articles from Robert Orttung and David Hayes. The issue also has a sulfur feature with articles from Sandvik, TKK and Merichem. WorleyParsons provide the gas processing article and KBR take a look at the petrochemical industry.


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Contents

COMMENT

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

CENTRAL ASIA ASSERTS ITSELF
Robert Orttung, Resource Security Institute, USA, examines the development of Central Asia’s downstream sector.

BOUNCING BACK IN JAPAN
David Hayes, Contributing Editor, provides an overview of the petrochemical industry in Japan.

THE ART OF SCIENCE
Kevin M. Beirne, Sabin Metal Corp., USA, looks at the art and science of recovering precious metals from spent hydrocarbon processing catalysts.

A UNIQUE SUCCESS STORY
Conard Baker, Anadarko Pinnacle Gas Treating, Inc., USA and Tony Barnette, Merichem Company, USA, focus on flexible, high reliability operation in natural gas processing.

A SULFUR SOLUTION
Hans-Georg Pohle, Sandvik, Germany, describes the sulfur granulation and handling solution used in the Elefsis refinery upgrade.

TOP TREATMENT
Tofik K. Khanmamedov, TKK Company, USA, and Ralph H. Weiland, Optimized Gas Treating, Inc., USA, introduce new amine based desulfurisation strategies to enhance conventional tail gas treatment.

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
Jon Lewis, WorleyParsons, UK, explores complexity and contaminants in gas processing.

PROPYLENE ON PURPOSE
Michael J. Tallman and Curtis N. Eng, KBR, USA, look at technologies that will fill the gap between propylene production and demand.

TAKING ADVICE
Paul Alton, ABB Engineering Services, UK, looks at the challenge of dealing with recommendations from safety reviews of existing assets.

TWO PHASE EXPANSION
Hans E Kimmel, Ebara International Corporation, USA, describes two phase expanders for liquefied hydrocarbon gases.

CHOSEN TO PERFORM
Earnie Carey and Dave Montgomery, Flowserve, USA, discuss how selecting the right electric valve actuator for coker applications can increase reliability.


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