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January 2020

The January issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering kicks off with an in-depth look at the petroleum sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, courtesy of Contributing Editor Nancy Yamaguchi. Other topics include separation and mass transfer equipment, wastewater treatment, gas quality monitoring and our annual Catalyst Review.

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MENA in brief
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, focuses on the Middle East and North Africa region, providing in brief summaries of its varying petroleum sectors.

Sustaining operational excellence
Martin Skarle, Preem, Sweden, with Manel Serra, Jesús Gil Vilda, and Josep-Anton Feliu, Inprocess, Spain, examine modern training methods for operators and how these have been successfully rolled out.

It's all in the data
Jaime Rivera, Mauricio Castro, and Pedro Hurtado, ENAP, Chile, alongside Federico Neira, KBC (A Yokogawa Company), Argentina, outline how ENAP has utilised software to improve its decision making in areas including refinery optimisation and production planning.

The art of separation and mass transfer
Dan Summers, Sulzer, USA, provides an overview of how separation and mass transfer technology for the oil and gas sector has changed and how the latest solutions can boost refining processes.

A range of trays
Jason Lyu, Hongping Tang, and Fred Tahmassi, AMT International Inc., USA, examine how new tray technologies are helping with the increased demand for propylene downstream products.

The linchpin of NGL treating
Evan Barclay and Kenneth Winston, Process Technologies a Filtration Group® company, USA, examine the importance of filtration and separation as a vital technology for NGL processing.

Running out of steam
Steam and condensate leaks have a serious cost. Stan Barskov and Andrew Greene, Athlon, a Halliburton Service, USA, look at the bitter taste left by every lost Btu.

Pursuing purity
Albert Low, Jeroen Boom, and Ken Severing, Veolia Water Technologies, North America, outline a liquid-liquid extraction method to remove dissolved and dispersed hydrocarbons from wastewater and produced water.

A film adaptation
Gregoire Poirier-Richer, SUEZ - Water Technologies & Solutions, Canada, provides an overview of common problems with oil processing steam systems and examines recent advances that have occurred in the use of volatile film-forming amines.

A sample of what's to come
John Powalisz, Sentry Equipment Corp., USA, outlines how to correctly sample steam and water in hydrocarbon processing plants.

Detecting moisture leaks
Daniel T. Menniti, Breen, USA, examines how an 'above dew point' methodology can detect moisture leaks, while maintaining a clean and dry sensor in between moisture events.

Quality control
Gleb Derevyagin and Sergey Seleznev, LLC SPA Vympel, Russia, with Paul Lyon and Maria Chwal, Vympel GmbH, Germany, outline methods to improve the monitoring of gas quality and hydrocarbon condensation behaviour.

The importance of accurate monitoring
Rhys Jenkins, Servomex, UK, explains how sensing technologies can help terminal operators solve vapour recovery challenges during marine loading.

Tip top
Bram van Oirschot, ALE's Conbit operation, the Netherlands, reveals how critical-path flare tip maintenance takes place in situations where a crane is impractical.

Catalyst Review
Hydrocarbon Engineering reviews some of the most advanced catalyst technologies available within the downstream industry today.

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