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December 2019

Hydrocarbon Engineering’s final issue of the decade begins with a prediction of how new legislation is likely to impact Russia’s refining sector, courtesy of Euro Petroleum Consultants. The issue also covers a range of topics including petrochemicals, FCC catalysts, hydrodesulfurisation, gas analysis, compressors and heat technology.

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Working through the red tape
Valentin Kotlomin, Euro Petroleum Consultants Ltd, Russia, predicts how new legislation will affect Russia’s refining industry.

Grappling with growth
Richard Murphy, Allegro Development, USA, examines the challenges of the growing petrochemical market.

Upgrading propylene production
Lothar Karrer, Carl Keeley, and Modesto Miranda, BASF, alongside Antonio Diaz, Miguel Arjona, and Eloisa Serrano, Cepsa, Spain, explore the methods used to maximise propylene production and improve its purity at Cepsa’s refinery in La Rábida, Spain.

Paving a new path to high-value products
Dan Gillis and Arun Arora, Chevron Lummus Global, USA, look at the benefits of upgrading residue hydrocracking products to transportation fuels and petrochemical feedstocks.

A holistic waste treatment approach
Jan De Ren and Christopher Ferguson, Callidus Technologies, a division of Honeywell UOP, present a comprehensive approach for effluent treatment from hydrocarbon extraction and sweetening units.

Looking beyond the norm
With refineries broadening the scope of their crude oil processing capabilities to handle heavier, sourer feedstocks, advances in hydrogen sulfide removal technology are set to play a key role in enabling operators to meet environmental and production targets. Lennard Spit, Frames, the Netherlands, reports on recent developments.

Monitoring methods
Haitem Hassan-Beck, ADNOC Refining, UAE, discusses the importance of monitoring and optimising hydrodesulfurisation unit operations.

Calculating chemical composition
S. Hielscher, S. Herrig, M. Thol and R. Span, Thermodynamics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and J. Barbe, Messer Group GmbH, explore how the modelling of composition changes in liquid hydrocarbon mixtures can be used for analyser calibration.

Smart combustion analysis
Dr Peter Geiser, Dr Viacheslav Avetisov, Dr Junyang Wang and Larry E. Sieker, NEO Monitors, Norway, overview the evolution of TDLAS technology.

Compressors in refinery service
Klaus Brun, Brian Pettinato, and Stephen Ross, Elliott Group, USA, examine typical refinery processes that require compressors.

Dynamic simulation
Attilio Brighenti, Davide Duranti, and Debora Quintabà, S.A.T.E. Systems and Advanced Technologies Engineering, Italy, evaluate the dynamic simulation of turbomachinery by hardware in the loop real-time systems.

Peak performance
Jonathan Miller, Chart Industries, USA, advises how leveraging insights from distributed control systems can help keep heat exchangers at peak performance.

The right tools for success
Edward Cass, Paratherm Heat Transfer Fluids, USA, evaluates top strategies for sustaining the performance of thermal fluids.

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