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December 2013

The regional focus this month is on North Africa and as we hand the reigns to Nancy Yamaguchi, we also expand on the region in our 15 facts feature. Petrochemicals are also explored in depth with articles from UOP and ABB. Valves, compressors, sulfur and safety are also part of this, our final issue of 2013.


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Contents

03 COMMENT

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

12 A WEAKENING SIROCCO?
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, discusses North African oil and gas

25 A DIFFERENT GAME PLAN
Gregory A. Funk, David Myers, and Bipin Vora, UOP, USA, discuss new technology for the production of ethylene and propylene from methanol

29 SUSTAINED INTEGRITY
Ian Livesey, ABB Consulting, UK, outlines a pragmatic approach to managing asset integrity and outlines how this can best be achieved

35 COLLABORATING FOR FLOW SOLUTIONS
MOGAS Industries discusses designing valve solutions to meet a changing market

40 SAVE A MILLION
Klaus Stachel and Andreas Horinek, HOERBIGER Compression Technology, Austria, discusses how stepless capacity control of strategic hydrogen compressors can pay for itself in a matter of months by eliminating power wastage

45 CHOOSING VALVES
Sari Aronen, Metso Automation Inc., Finland, discusses valve selection for aromatic applications

49 CAVITATION CONTROL
Brad Clarke and Mark Gimson, Singer Valve, Canada, outline how to deal with cavitation in control valves

55 NEW INSIGHT INTO AMINE SYSTEMS
Ralph H. Weiland, Clayton E. Jones and Nathan A. Hatcher, Optimized Gas Treating, USA, outline how mass transfer rate based simulation can offer unprecedented insight into hydrogen cyanide ingress and formation of tower internal recycles in amine systems

59 DYNAMIC TRAINING
Martin Ross, Honeywell Process Solutions, USA, provides details of a recent project in Oman

63 UNLOCKING GAS STREAMS
Kwi Cheng Lee and Isabel Conradus, Shell, the Netherlands and Joe Gelder, Cansolv Technologies Inc., Canada, discuss new technologies for the resolution of contaminated gas streams

70 FROM SHORE TO SHIP
Uday N. Parekh and Bevan Houston, Devco, USA, look at sulfur recovery to ship loading technologies that are clean, economic and safe

79 LIGHTNING PROTECTION
Bruce Kaiser, Lightning Master, USA, discusses the best way of controlling the ignition phenomena

84 EVOLVING FOR EMERGENCIES
Joe Philippsen and Leokadia Rucinski, Total Safety, USA, discuss the evolution of mass notification emergency communication systems

90 TOWARDS A WELL OILED MACHINE
Martin Keulemans, Brainum BV, the Netherlands elaborates on the potential of using modern IT in the liquid bulk storage industry

96 15 FACTS ON...
This month we give you 15 facts on North Africa. Find out what Algeria's national dish is, as well as which country in the region is China's biggest economic partner


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