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February 2013

One of our biggest gas issues of the year focuses on everything gas oriented from processing and treating, to LNG, to hydrogen generation. The regional report from Gordon Cope takes a look at Central American gas and what the region has to offer. Also, brush up on your Middle East knowledge with our 15 facts feature.


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Contents

COMMENT

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

HIDDEN TREASURE
Except for Mexico, natural gas, and indeed all hydrocarbons, has been largely ignored in Central America. However, the region could nevertheless hold tremendous potential, suggests Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor.

BIOFUELS: AT A CROSSROADS
Matthew Morton and Jonathan Bourne, Nexant Consulting, UK, overview and analyse the global biofuels market, while looking at what the future may have in store for green fuels.

FIVES ALIVE
James M. Hildreth, Lummus Technology, USA, demonstrates how C5s can be upgraded to higher value propylene.

SIMULATE GAS TREATING HOLISTICALLY: PART TWO
Nathan A. Hatcher, R. Scott Alvis and Ralph H. Weiland, Optimized Gas Treating, Inc., USA, provide a holistic perspective on gas treating simulation over a three part series of articles. Part two considers a performance map for a CO2 capture plant using MEA.

SWEET SIMULATION: PART ONE
Richard Ochieng and Abdallah S. Berrouk, Petroleum Institute, UAE, and Justin Slagle, Lili G. Lyddon and Peter E. Krouskop, Bryan Research & Engineering, Inc., USA, explain how improved performance of a natural gas sweetening process was achieved by using process simulation.

LIQUID HEAT
Ryan Ritz, Paratherm Corporation, USA, describes the applications, operations and maintenance of thermal fluid systems in gas processing.

AS COLD AS ICE
Susan Brownlow, Linde Gases Division, Germany, describes the process of liquefying LNG beyond the Arctic Circle.

REFORMER FOLLOWS FUNCTION
Niels Kristian Nielsen, Niels Ulrik Andersen and María José Landeira Østergård, Haldor Topsøe, Denmark, reveal how the design and operation of steam methane reformers can help to optimise performance.

NOT JUST A LOAD OF HOT AIR
F.A.C. Schaefer and A.W.M. Bertels, Bronswerk, The Netherlands, look at several options for air driven heat exchangers to use energy more efficiently in the LNG field.

A SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE
Theodoros Albanis and Evdoxia Kladopoulou, Hellenic Petroleum S.A., Greece, and Blazo Ljubicic and Marco Fazzini, Koch Heat Transfer Company S.r.l., Ita

ENDURING, EFFICIENT AND ECO FRIENDLY: IT'S GOT A RING TO IT
Andreas Zeiff, Redaktionsbüro Stutensee, Germany, and Gunther Machu, HOERBIGER Kompressortechnik Holding GmbH, Austria, argue that seals are an essential component of reciprocating compressors, contributing to durability and efficiency of operation.

SMOOTHING THINGS OVER
Néstor González and Jan Smeulers, TNO, The Netherlands, discuss the reliability of centrifugal compressors against high frequency phenomena.

BUCKLE VISION
Matt Tones and Chad Yoder, Garlock Sealing Technologies, USA, describe how radial buckling in spiral wound gaskets can be prevented or avoided altogether.

THE LIFE ELECTRIC
Mark Clark, on behalf of Rotork, UK, shows how one tank terminal demonstrates an electrically operated solution for emergency shut down valves.

RAMP IT UP
Mike Pemberton, ITT Goulds Pumps, USA, argues that improving the efficiency of pumps can be an on ramp to sustainability.

15 FACTS ON... THE MIDDLE EAST
15 nuggets of information on the Middle Eastern region and its oil and gas industry.


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