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March 2014

March is one of our biggest refining issues of the year. Nancy Yamaguchi focuses on South American refining in the regional report and this theme is continued in our 15 Facts feature. International Paint provide part 3 of our shale feedstock processing series and the issue also looks at catalysts, corrosion, storage and health and safety.


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Contents

(03) Comment

(05) Guest Comment
Charles T. Drevna, President, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

(07) World News
Contract awards, project updates, industry latest, news digest, diary dates, mergers and acquisitions

(14) From north to south
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, discusses the Latin American refining sector in light of the changes in oil supply and demand within the Americas

(26) Oil, water, and corrosion
Edward Shanks, International Paint Ltd., examines the role of protective coatings in corrosion prevention for assets used in the transportation and storage of crude shale oil

(33) Productivity amplification
Sean Smith, CertifiedSafety, USA, discusses safety as a productivity enhancing force multiplier

(37) Modes of protection
Edward Naranjo, MSA Safety, USA, reviews ethylene detection methods and assesses their potential to mitigate the consequences of gas leaks

(42) Shale solutions
Ken Bryden, E. Thomas Habib Jr., Olivia Topete and Rosann Schiller, Grace Catalyst Technologies, USA, explain how the correct choice of catalyst can allow refiners to most fully exploit the opportunity of shale oil

(49) Novel technology
Michael T. Schmidt, Haldor Tops√łe, Denmark, discusses catalyst generation based on novel catalyst preparation technology

(55) It ain't easy being green
Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, discusses the controversy and technological hurdles facing clean fuels

(59) Options for octane
Mohan Kalyanaraman, John Greeley, Monica Pena, and Sean Smyth, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE), USA and Tom Halbert, Carmagen Engineering, Inc., USA, discuss technology options for achieving significant reductions in FCC gasoline sulfur while retaining octane

(65) Clean by design
Eric W. Lin, Ujjal K. Mukherjee, and Peter J. Risse, Chevron Lummus Global, USA, discuss feed adaptation for clean fuels production

(71) Alternative tank storage
Heinrich Imhof, IMHOF Tanktechnik, Germany, discusses the best available technique to reduce emissions, risks and cost on aboveground hydrocarbon storage

(76) Enhancing coke drum longevity
M.N. Dantas and K. Ropelato, ESSS, Brazil, and G.P.M. Silva and A.G. Oliveira, Petrobras, Brazil, discuss how computational fluid dynamics can be used to illuminate methods for improvement in coke drum longevity

(84) Time capsule
D. Cudic, Stopaq B.V., The Netherlands, looks at plant ageing and degradation prevention

(91) Armoured against corrosion
Hugh Roarty, Belzona, UK, discusses the advantages of new generation erosion resistant coatings over conventional ceramic filled coatings, for spray application

(99) Reliability in recovery
Matthew Allen, Total Petrochemical and Refining, USA, and Jeffrey Bolebruch, Blasch Ceramics, USA, outline how sulfur recovery unit reliability can be enhanced through effective boiler ferrule design

(105) Something in the water
F. Callero and R. Martini, ABB, Italy and M. Abela, D. Giannobile, Isab Energy Services, Italy, discuss the challenges that face industrial water treatment, and the advanced process control measures that can be implemented at an IGCC plant to overcome them

(112) 15 facts on...
This month we give you 15 facts on Latin America


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