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March 2011

This is one of our biggest refining issues of the year. We have a regional report from Nancy Yamaguchi focusing on US refining and the oilsands. Corrosion protection articles from Baker Hughes and Structural Preservation and an opportunity crude article from Shell Global Solutions. We also have a guest comment from Charles Drevna, President of the NPRA.


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Contents

COMMENT

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

NORTH AMERICA: A CONTINENT IN THREE PARTS
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, looks at North America’s oil markets and the growing role of the Canadian oilsands.

CLEANING UP THEIR ACT
Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor: as refineries clean sulfur from fuels, complications abound.

START WITH STREAM ANALYSIS
John O'Connell, Sulfur Recovery Engineering, Canada, explains how detailed stream analysis can provide an accurate basis for refinery design.

FCC CATALYSTS: NOW RARE EARTH FREE
Colin Baillie, Grace Davison Refining Technologies, Germany and Rosann K. Schiller, Grace Davison Refining Technologies, USA, examine the development of rare earth free fluid catalytic cracking catalysts.

DEACTIVATION BEHAVIOR
Michael Schmidt, Haldor Topsøe, Denmark, explores the loss of activity in fluid catalyst cracking pretreating.

ON THE SCIENCE OF FCC-PT CATALYSTS
Sonja Eijsbouts, Albemarle, the Netherlands, and Steve Mayo and Louis Burns, Albemarle, USA, discuss how insights into deactivation mechanisms can be leveraged to enhance performance.

KEEPING ON TRACK
Peter Bost, Shell Global Solutions International B.V., The Netherlands, Antony Francis, Reliance Industries Limited, India, and Rutger de Mare, ORTEC B.V., The Netherlands, look at the integration and optimisation of crude planning and scheduling in the hydrocarbon supply chain.

STAYING SAFE
Ratko Posta, Flowserve GESTRA AG, Germany, focuses on flow control safety design and safety integrity levels.

GET READY TO COMPLY
Thierry Moinet, Tyco Fire Protection Products, explains how the forthcoming EU ban means it is time to address PFOS.

MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES
Paul Darlington, Hughes Safety Showers, UK, explains how to choose the correct safety shower.

PREDICTING THE FUTURE
Gordon P. Kallenberg and Timothy D. Malone, Intertek APTECH, USA, present predictive reliability analysis, an engineering tool by which the reliability of plant equipment can be predicted prior to and during the course of service life.

LONGER LIFE WITH CORROSION CONTROL
Kwadwo O. Sarpong, Baker Hughes Incorporated, USA, discusses multiple corrosion control strategies employed to address amine hydrochloride salt deposition in an atmospheric tower overhead system including desalter wash water acidification.

SPOTLIGHT ON: CONCRETE ASSET MANAGEMENT
Paul A Noyce and Yu-You ‘Andy’ Wu, ElectroTech CP, USA, look at how to manage concrete assets.

DO NOT LEAVE THE DRIVER'S SEAT
Martin Steffen and Jörg Maffert, Dillinger Hüttenwerke, Germany, discuss the supply of heavy plates for major projects.

THE GOAL IS SAFETY EXCELENCE
J.R Swift, HMT, USA, explains how to create a culture for improved safety performance.

INCREASING SAFETY AND EFFICIENCY
Robin Boot, Kanon, The Netherlands, looks at how to increase fluid handling jetty efficiency and safety.

STAYING ONE STEP AHEAD
Marc Seeger, Chris Broekmeulen and Sebastian Ruik Beyhaut, ROSEN Group, present a comprehensive asset integrity management solution for tank farms.


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