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March 2013

This month, Nancy Yamaguchi, in her regional report looks at areas that are home to heavy crudes. The issue also launches our Recruitment and Employment Series with an article from oilcareers.com. And, as this is our March issue you will find a guest comment from AFPM President Charles T. Drevna and 15 questions answered by the orgnisers of StocExpo.


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Contents

COMMENT

GUEST COMMENT
Charles T. Drevna, President, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers provides a guest comment this month.

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

THE WEIGHTY ISSUES: SHIFTING CHALLENGES IN HEAVY CRUDES
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, overviews the changes that are occurring in the heavy crude oil supply chain, all the way from exploration through to marketing.

Read a sample of this aticle here: https://www.energyglobal.com/news/processing/articles/Heavy_crudes_challenge_328.aspx

THE WILD FRONTIER
Mark Guest, OilCareers.com, UK, addresses the downstream recruitment conundrum, arguing that a shift towards ‘unconventionals’ provides fresh opportunities but greater demands. This is a first article in a series on Recruitment and Employment that will run in the coming months.

SALT DEPOSITION MINIMISATION
Faisal M Al-Faqeer, Majed M Al-Qarni and Rami S Madadin, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia, explain how salt deposition can be minimised via process changes in a condensate stabiliser reboiler.

ENHANCING LIQUID YIELD
Yee-Young Cher, Rosann Schiller and Jeff Koebel, Grace Catalysts Technologies, USA, explain how one catalyst family has been formulated and applied for enhanced bottoms cracking and process flexibility.

MAKE MONEY IN A SLURRY
Steve Kalota, Expertech, USA, and Victor Scalco and Robert Buckingham, General Atomics, USA, explain how return from the bottom of the barrel can be maximised by improving the value of the slurry oil stream.

ENDURING ENERGY
Carl Keeley, Jeremy Mayol, Stefano Riva and Vasileios Komvokis, BASF Corporation Refining Catalysts, and Steve Challis, Chalcat Consulting Ltd., UK, show how a new catalyst was able to provide distillate maximisation in a European FCC unit.

HANDLING A CHANGE
Lucas Revellon, Intercat/Johnson Matthey Catalysts, USA, outlines the challenges of transporting and handling fresh and equilibrium FCC catalyst in a newly revamped RFCC unit.

SWEET TALKING: CATALYSTS AND REACTOR INTERNALS
Sumanth Addagarla, Theodorus Maesen and Dan Torchia, Chevron Lummus Global, USA, argue the importance of a smooth relationship between the catalyst and reactor internals within a hydroprocessing unit.

SECURITY BLANKET
Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, examines the safety and security issues that are currently affecting the modern oil and gas industry.

A BOOM WITH A VIEW
Johannes Hesper, R. Stahl, Germany, overviews a range of explosion proof CCTV solutions for plants operating in hazardous areas.

FLAMES: UNDER ARREST
Michael Davies and Thomas Heidermann, Braunschweiger Flammenfilter (PROTEGO), Germany, explain how to test and apply flame arresters.

STAYING ALIVE
Colin Bateman, Belzona Polymetrics Ltd, UK, focuses on the asset life management strategies available for above ground storage tanks.

CONSCIENTIOUS CLEANING
Søren Hubert Petersen, Oreco A/S, Denmark, recounts how one company cleaned a challenging tank in Italy by combining cost efficient tank cleaning with environmentally friendly methods.

MATCH FIT RADARS
Doug Anderson, VEGA Controls Ltd, UK, looks at non-contact radars versus guided wave radars as methods of process level measurement technology.

LIFE SUPPORT TECHNIQUES
James Henry, SKF, USA, looks at the tools and techniques used in condition monitoring to increase efficiency and reliability, and extend the service life of plant equipment.

THE RIGHT CONDITIONS FOR MONITORING
Jack Huggett, The Woodhouse Partnership Ltd, UK, describes how one refinery evaluated and installed vibration monitoring of pumps with a view to reducing down time and maintenance costs.

15 QUESTIONS WITH STOCEXPO
Matt Benyon, Managing Director, easyFairs, organisers of StocExpo, shares his opinions on oil, gas, storage and restaurants in Weybridge.


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