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January 2010

David Hayes, Contributing Editor provides this month’s regional report, looking at developments in the Thai petrochemical industry. The current struggle being faced by biofuels to reach regulated demand is discussed by Gordon Cope. Also, this issue includes the annual Catalyst Review, which outlines the most advanced catalyst technologies available to the industry.


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Contents

THAI-D UP FOR THE THAI-ME BEING
David Hayes, Contributing Editor, examines the Thai petrochemical industry and its plans to double capacity.

RISING TO THE CO2 CHALLENGE: PART 2
Joris Mertens, KBC Process Technology, Ltd, the Netherlands, presents the second part in this series, discussing a greenhouse gas management strategy and tools for refineries.

MAXIMISING RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Michael B Simpson, ABB, Canada, looks at the return benefits of advanced process control for gasoline blending optimisation.

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL
Gordon Cope, Hydrocarbon Engineering Correspondent, reports on how biofuels are scrambling to meet regulated demand.

STAYING AHEAD WITH SOFTWARE
Hoffert Jean-Luc, Litwin, France, on behalf of Integraph, presents a case study where new software has been implemented to streamline modelling workflows.

ONLINE AND ON TRACK
Réjane Dastillung and Marc Loublier, Naphtachimie, France and B. Descales, J.R. Llinas, I. Cermelli and S. Destang, Ineos Technologies, France and D. Lambert, C. St Martin, M. Sanchez, B. Ribero and Z. Yu, Topnir Systems, France, explore steam cracker optimisation through online analysis and rigorous kinetic models.

CATALYST REVIEW
Hydrocarbon Engineering provides an overview of some of the most advanced catalyst technologies available within the hydrogen processing industry today.

OILSANDS DEMONSTRATION
Don G. J. Dutton, SNC-Lavalin Inc., Canada, and James Powell, Siemens AG, Canada, examine a successful oilsands application.

TAKING SMART CONTROL
Thomas Karte, Jörg Kiesbauer and Karl-Bernd Schärtner, SAMSON AG, Germany, examine methods of smart control for rotary actuators.

GETTING TO KNOW CCS
Robert Smyth, Grant Johnson and David Wilkinson, Costain Energy & Process, UK, present an overview of developments in carbon capture and storage.

HIGH IN PURITY
Walker Garrison, Valero Energy Corporation, USA and Chris Howell and Dave Christophersen, VWS Crown Solutions, USA, examine how optimised pretreatment ensures high purity water and improved efficiency in steam generation.


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