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December 2023

The December issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering explores a wide range of topics including emissions control, methane, sulfur, pumps and valves, LNG fuel, and much more. This issue also includes an exclusive keynote article focusing on elevating sustainability in the world of refining.

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Elevating sustainability in the world of refining
Miro Cavkov, Euro Petroleum Consultants (EPC), Bulgaria, explains why modern refineries need to adopt a diverse approach on their journey to reaching sustainability goals.

Reducing environmental impact
Andrew Hubbell, CITGO, Brandon Burns, Shell Energy and Chemicals, and Victor Batarseh, W.R. Grace & Co., explain how the environmental impact of FCCs can be reduced with wet gas scrubbers by implementing SOx

Minimising damage, maximising value
Juan Gonzalez, Merichem, USA, considers the importance of using technology to eliminate hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from gas streams.

Conquering challenges
Alexander Emil Mavarez Colmenarez and Hussain Hasan Al-Salman, Kuwait National Petroleum Co., Kuwait, discuss the challenges associated with the implementation and commissioning of advanced process control in the NGL fractionation units of the Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery.

Selecting cost-effective MOV actuators
Michael Li PanFeng, Wonder Engineering Technologies Ltd, Singapore, explains the importance of motor operated valve (MOV) actuators in process plants and addresses key selection criteria.

Careful control valve selection
Juha Relander, Valmet, Finland, outlines the importance of selecting the most appropriate severe service control valves.

Instantaneous bellows leak detection
Adam Attig, Emerson, USA, reveals how new technology can instantly detect leaks in relief valve bellows, eliminating the need for manual rounds and reducing fugitive emissions.

New challenges meet new technology
Gudjon Thor Olafsson, Michael Winther and Rasmus Gregersen, Svanehøj Danmark, discuss the advantages of new electric submersible fuel pumps for LNG-powered ships.

Insights from the second law
Thomas G. Lestina and Kevin J. Farrell, Heat Transfer Research Inc. (HTRI), USA, examine how using a second-law approach can help to improve the efficiency and environmental impact of process heat exchangers.

Using TDL to acheive process and plant safety
Tyler Schertz, Mettler Toledo, Switzerland, considers the intrinsic benefits of tunable diode laser (TDL) spectroscopy, which promote a fast and accurate response to safety events within industrial processes.

Methane momentum
Mark Naples, Umicore Coating Services Ltd, UK, explains why fixing methane leaks from the oil and gas industry can be a game-changer.

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