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December 2011

This is the final issue of 2011. The regional report from Strategic Decisions Group looks at ASEAN oil and gas. Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, looks at risk assessment and we provide you with the final instalments from Bryan Research and Albemarle in their gas processing and sulfur series. Also, in this issue you’ll find reports on catalysts and precious metals in Europe.


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Contents

COMMENT

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

EASTERN SUNRISE: FUELLING ASEAN GROWTH
Girish Shirodkar, Strategic Decisions Group, India, provides an overview of the ASEAN members, centring on the strategic apparatuses in place to fuel future growth in South East Asia.

THE CHANGING GAME
Richard DeSantis, Sabin Metal Corp., USA, analyses how under utilisation, over capacity and profit pressures are presenting new challenges and opportunities to European refiners.

TOO PRECIOUS TO WASTE
David Astles, PhosphonicS Ltd, UK, stresses the importance of precious metal scavenging from catalyst process and waste streams.

A RISKY BUSINESS
Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, explains how risk assessment methodology makes petroleum assets a harder target for aggressors.

A HELPING HANDOVER
John Sanins, Bentley Systems, USA, discusses the current challenges, trends and approaches involved in effective project handover in process manufacturing.

THEORY IN PRACTICE
Attilio Brighenti and Daniele Cazzin, S.A.T.E. Systems and Advanced Technologies Engineering, Italy, report the findings from a transient dynamic analysis undertaken as part of a capacity upgrade at a large gas processing facility.

FUZZY LOGIC AND NEURAL NETWORKS
Eike Drewes and Jost Anderhub, PROGNOST Systems GmbH, Germany, provide an insight into the basic techniques and special challenges associated with the application of automatic diagnosis to reciprocating compressors.

FINDING A FUEL/AIR BALANCE
Paul Carrington, Yokogawa UK Ltd, and Alan Cowie, Yokogawa Laser Analysis, USA, detail efficient and safe control of furnaces using new techniques for combustion analysis and control.

FOUNDATIONS OF FAILURE
Ralph H. Weiland and Nathan A. Hatcher, Optimized Gas Treating Inc, USA, analyse instabilities in amine units, highlighting the causes of failure through a series of case studies.

A WATER STORY: PART TWO
Bradley R. Atkinson, Bryan Research and Engineering Inc., USA, and Eric Prim and Naomi Baker, Pilot Energy Solutions LLC, USA, examine hydrate formation during a natural gas liquid recovery operation. The second part of this two part article builds on the hydrate formation model established in part one by examining new design parameters and their effects on the unit.

SLIMMING DOWN SULFUR: PART THREE
Alan Kramer, Albemarle, USA, explores the rare earth free solutions to FCC sulfur problems. The final installment of this three part article focuses specifically on fuel sulfur reduction, with a particular examination of the problems caused by gasoline range sulfur.

KEEPING AN EYE ON PERFORMANCE
Sheri R. Snider, Nalco Company, USA, discusses how lighter ethylene plant feedstocks affect process gas compressor fouling and monitoring.

MAKE IT MANAGEABLE
Jan Theron, Ceram, UK, discusses refractory management in the petrochemical industry.

15 FACTS ON... OIL AND GAS
15 fun, festive and fascinating facts on the oil and gas industry.


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