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February 2012

February is one of our biggest gas issues of the year. We introduce a new speciality gases feature with articles from Costain, BASF and Linde. We’ll continue the gas theme with analysers from Yokogawa, processing and treating with Zeeco and Worley Parsons and 15 facts on US Natural Gas on pages 80 along with a regional report on US gas from Gordon Cope.


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Contents

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

LIFE'S A GAS?
Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, reports on the new sources, new markets and new headaches involved in US natural gas production.

THE CLEAN GREEN SLATE
Bliss Baker, Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, Canada, evaluates ways to build upon the success of the first generation of biofuels.

AN ABU DHABI CASE STUDY
David Wilkinson, Costain Abu Dhabi Company W.L.L., Abu Dhabi, and Grant Johnson, Costain Energy & Process, UK, discuss nitrogen rejection technology for Abu Dhabi.

FERTILE GROUND FOR GREEN PLANTS
Christian Riemann, BASF Intermediates Division, Germany, reveals how the development of a new scrubbing agent process can facilitate efficient biogas treatment.

SAFETY IN A CYLINDER
Stephen Harrison, Linde Gases Division, Germany, focuses on identifying hazards and mitigating risks when dealing with industrial gases.

OPPORTUNITY NOX
Kirk Wesselowski, Zeeco, USA, shows how to achieve ultra low NOx emissions in thermal oxidisers for gas processing.

READY TO ROLL
Jon Lewis, WorleyParsons, UK, explores the gas pretreatment options for the LNG liquefaction process.

WHEN SPEED MATTERS
Loek van Eijck, Yokogawa, The Netherlands, questions whether rapid analysis of gases and liquids can be better achieved through use of a gas chromatograph or near infrared analyser.

TAKE THE PLUNGER
Claus Kalmbach, Wepuko Pahnke GmbH, Germany, provides an overview of plunger pumps (according to API 674) and their use in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

THE POWER OF THE PUMP: PART ONE
Robert X. Perez, Pump Calcs, USA, offers a guide on how to select the right centrifugal pump. The first installment of this two part article covers basic centrifugal pump theory, performance and construction, while offering a basic overview of centrifugal pumps used in hydrocarbon processing.

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPRESSOR TESTING: PART ONE
Neetin Ghaisas, Fluor Canada Ltd, explains the key requirements for centrifugal compressor testing. The first part of this two part article focuses on performance testing prerequisites and the importance of proper assessment of test facilities.

GET INTO THE GROOVE
Herveline Robidou, GEA Heat Exchangers, France, offers a solution for enhanced performance of air cooled heat exchangers, which can provide savings on the plot area, fan consumption and the life cycle cost of the cooling installation.

15 FACTS ON... US NATURAL GAS
15 nuggets of information on the USA's natural gas industry.


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