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July 2010

The July Regional Reports look at the Italian oil and gas industry. This issue also includes a Keynote article from CMAI that looks at the global ethylene market. Articles discussing developments in CAD software from AVEVA and Equamark are also included in this issue.


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Contents

COMMENT

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

AN INSIGHT INTO ITALY
Didier Favreau, Cedigaz, France, reviews the latest developments in the Italian natural gas market including an analysis of natural gas demand, supply and medium term forecasts for the future.

ITALY'S CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Giorgio Greco, GE Oil & Gas, Italy, discusses how technology is helping the Italian downstream sector adapt to different conditions.

REACTING TO REMAIN A FRONT RUNNER
Mark Eramo and John Stekla, CMAI, USA, take a look at ethylene market trends, paying particular attention to activity in the US.

ON THE UP
Michael Cords, Ebara International Corporation, USA, presents the benefits of upward flow cryogenic liquid expanders.

BECOMING MORE INTELLIGENT
Gary Carson, Equamark Inc., USA, discusses how computer aided design has allowed process and instrument diagrams to become intelligent and allow easy information access to all.

THE IT REVOLUTION
Neil McPhater, AVEVA Solutions Ltd, UK, explores digital convergence.

KEEPING IT CLEAN WITHOUT AFFECTING QUALITY
Maurice Korpelshoek, CDTECH, The Netherlands, and Kerry Rock and Rajesh Samarth, CDTECH, USA, discuss sulfur reduction in FCC gasoline without octane loss.

PUSHING THE LIMITS?
Greg Shumake and James Small, CB&I, USA, focus on hydrogen plant capacity expansions.

REACHING HIGHER LEVELS
Gregory L. Hall, BCCK Engineering, Inc., USA, explores nitrogen rejection with integrated high NGL extraction.

MAKING SAVINGS WITH SMART TECHNOLOGY
Ismo Niemelä, Metso Automation Inc., Finland, examines reducing the total cost of ownership of valves by using smart technology.

KEEPING TRACK OF THE ELEMENTS
Matthew Cassap, Thermo Fisher Scientific, UK, discusses the simplified analysis of trace elements in gasoline using Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES).


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