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March 2010

This month’s regional report comes from Nancy Yamaguchi and discusses US Gulf Coast refining. Heavy crude processing is the lead feature in March with articles from NRCAN and Nalco. This issue also focuses on catalyst technology with articles from Albemarle, Haldor Topsoe and Johnson Matthey and tank storage with articles from ProMinent and Rosen.


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Contents

THE COAST WITH THE MOST
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, examines the US Gulf Coast, a hub of US oil and refining.

RISING TO THE CO2 CHALLENGE: PART 3
In the third and final part of this article series, Joris Mertens and John Skelland, KBC Process Technology Ltd, provide an overview of CO2 emissions reduction options in refineries.

LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE
Clyde Young, John M. Campbell & Company, USA, considers the aftermath of accidents and the ensuing investigation processes.

FLASH EXPERIMENT FINDINGS
Mugurel-Catalin Munteanu, Jinwen Chen and Hena Farooqi, National Centre for Upgrading Technology (NCUT), CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada, look in depth at predicting liquid vaporisation and VLE in bitumen derived heavy gas oil hydrotreaters.

OPPORTUNITIES, PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
Brad Mason and Sam Lordo, Nalco Company Energy Services, USA, report on improving desalter performance during heavy opportunity crude processing.

FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION
Rosann K. Schiller, Grace Davison Refining Technologies, USA, introduces a new catalyst system to offer economic benefits to refiners.

BOTTOM OF THE BARREL ECONOMICS
Alan Kramer, Troy Percival, Feiko Riks, Jack Wilcox, Yen Yung, Ken Bruno, and Bart de Graaf, Albemarle Corporation, USA, explain how a premier bottoms cracking additive can boost refining profits.

TECHNOLOGY EVOLUTION FOR LIQUID
Dan Morton, Haldor Topsoe, Inc., USA, discusses the importance of even liquid distribution inside reactors.

PURE AND SIMPLE
Andy McKidd, Norman Macleod and Peter Broadhurst, Johnson Matthey Catalysts, UK, introduce a new purification solution for sulfur removal from synthesis gas plant feedstocks.

A UNIQUE APPROACH
D. Lambert, C. St Martin, M. Sanchez, B. Ribero, S. Beaucamp, TOPNIR™ Systems, France, explain FCC heavy feed characterisation for process control through Topnir analysis.

MOVING IN TIME WITH THE MARKET
Paul Crawford, Enersul LP, Canada, explains how successful design of a sulfur facility can help producers cope with market uncertainty.

PAVING THE WAY WITH A HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAY
Beijing Zehua Chemical Engineering Co. Ltd, China, introduces the application of ADV® trays in the aromatics complex.

RETHINKING REFRACTORY DESIGN
Jeffrey Bolebruch, Blasch Precision Ceramics, USA, explains near net shape refractory forming technology and its use to create significant process improvements.

KEEPING TIGHT ON FLARE GAS EMISSIONS
D. Frye and A. Pasquale, Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA, present a solution to flare gas emission monitoring.

KEEPING CORROSION UNDER CONTROL
Jim Costain, GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies, USA, looks at the latest inpection technology used to combat refinery corrosion.

AN EFFECTIVE COMBINATION FOR A WASTEWATER APPLICATION
Daxin Wang and Flora Tong, The Dow Chemical Company, China; and Peter Aerts, Dow Water & Process Solutions, USA, present an application of combined ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis for refinery wastewater reuse.

HARD TO HANDLE
Michael Birmelin, ProMinent GmbH, Germany, addresses the challenge of complete chemical fluid handling.

ONSTREAM TANK INSPECTION
Paul Robertson, Mike Trinidad and Rick Meyer, ROSEN Europe, the Netherlands, detail methods of monitoring tank facilities with onstream technologies.


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