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February 2011

This February, Contributing Editor, Gordon Cope looks at the US natural gas industry. The issue includes the annual Pump and Valve Review with an introduction from Ebara which discusses the history of submerged motor pumps. We also look at Biofuels with an article from Albemarle and Heat Exchangers with an article from Tranter.


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Contents

COMMENT

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

GAS BUBBLE TROUBLE
Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, investigates the headache for the US petroleum sector caused by the glut in natural gas production.

SATISFYING ENVIRONMENTAL CRITERIA
Steve Jackson Costain Energy & Process, UK, assesses technology options to satisfy environmental criteria.

HIGHS & LOWS
Gary M. Sieli, Chevron Lummus Global, USA, explores process options designed to address the International Maritime Organisation's fuel oil sulfur limits.

NEXT STEPS
Raino Linnaila and Kaisa Lipponen, Neste Oil, Finland, outline a renewable diesel with lower emissions.

CLAIM TO FAME
Edgar Steenwinkel, Albemarle, the Netherlands, reveals the new opportunities for biodiesel producers created by sustainable catalysts.

THE HISTORY OF SUBMERGED MOTOR PUMPS:
Michael Cords, Ebara International Corporation, USA, looks at the technological history of submerged motor pumps in the LNG industry.

PUMP & VALVE REVIEW
A review of suppliers of pump and valve technologies for the hydrocarbon processing industry.

IMPRESSIVE COMPRESSORS
Hidenori Hagihara, Kobe Steel Group Ltd, Japan, introduces a variety of applications for integrally geared centrifugal compressors.

KEEPING IT COOL
Peter Ellerby, Cal Gavin Ltd, UK, and Johan van der Kamp, Bronswerk Heat Transfer B.V., the Netherlands, examine how optimising air cooled oil coolers can lower capital and operating costs.

GOOD ENGINEERING PRACTICE
Stefan Gavelin, Tranter International AB, looks at engineering practices for all welded shell and plate heat exchangers.


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