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January 2013

The first issue of 2013 sees the return of the annual catalyst and is accompanied by part two of Albemarle’s catalyst article series. The regional focus is on European gas and Statoil and Lloyd’s Register provide two perspectives. This issue also looks at software and simulation as well as sulfur and flow metering.


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Contents

COMMENT

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

STEPPING ON THE GAS
Michel Myhre-Nielsen, Statoil, Norway, provides an outlook for the European gas market, focusing on the political, supply and demand issues that are the driving forces in the region. Read a preview here.

BITS AND PIECES: EUROPEAN GAS
Jason Knights, Lloyd’s Register, UK, traces the current trends in the European gas market, arguing that the current fragmented marketplace is hampering progress. Read a preview here.

MAKING THE MOST OF IT
Diego Ruiz and Fernán Serralunga, Soteica Europe SL, Spain, and Gian Luigi Diana, Pinuccio Floris and Francesco Mallica, SARAS SpA, Italy, demonstrate how a reduction in energy costs was achieved at the SARAS refinery complex.

FIFTEEN FACTS ON... CATALYSTS
15 nuggets of information on catalysts, exploring their history and application in various processes both inside and outside of the oil and gas industry.

LEANING FORWARD
Simon Bennett, AVEVA, UK, argues that new technology is about to bring lean manufacturing principles to plant construction.

THE CASE OF THE 'MISSING' HAGO
Zvi Merchav, Merchav Engineering, Israel, and Fred Justice, Chemstations, USA, investigate the process of troubleshooting a crude unit main column at a refinery.

LOADING UP LIQUID
Joy Baker and Eric Harbaugh, Enersul, USA, explore the issues that arise when transporting liquid sulfur away from the production site.

A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
Hans Westerlind, Emerson Process Management, Sweden, outlines how new tank gauging technologies are able to reduce the cost of improving terminal efficiency and safety.

EU STANDARDS: MEASURE UP
Simon Harwood, Allison Engineering Ltd, UK, and Jack Koeken, Fluid Components International, USA, demonstrate how to measure flare gas in line with the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.

TREADING WATER
Nauman Rashid, GE Power & Water, UAE, discusses how desalination and advanced water treatment are essential for economical operation in modern refineries.

TIERS FOR FEARS: PART 2
George Anderson, Steve Mayo and Peter-Paul Langerak, Albemarle Corporation, USA, and Stefano Melis, Albemarle Catalysts BV, The Netherlands, discuss how FCC pretreater unit operations can be optimised to reach Tier 3 gasoline sulfur targets. Part two of this two part article provides three illustrative examples of the expected impact of Tier 3 gasoline on refinery units.

CATALYST REVIEW


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