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March 2021

This issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering has a focus on clean fuels and the environment, particularly the hydrogen revolution. Other topics include catalysts, digitalisation, maintenance & inspections, and safety. This month’s regional report analyses the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the US oil market, and assesses the forecasts in the EIA’s ‘Annual Energy Outlook 2021’.

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Included in the March issue:
The Tanks & Terminals Spring 2021 supplement - view your free issue here.

The US energy outlook and COVID-19
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, analyses the effect of COVID-19 on the US oil market and assesses the forecasts in the US Energy Information Administration’s recently published ‘Annual Energy Outlook 2021’.

A new wave of clean fuels
Lars Liebig, Uniper Energy DMCC, United Arab Emirates, argues that a new game plan for bunkering norms is inevitable as environmental targets gain momentum.

A template for liquid hydrogen
Bob Oesterreich, Peter Gerstl, and Ty Webb, Chart Industries, reveal how advances in LNG technology have paved the road for liquid hydrogen in the quest for zero carbon emissions.

21st century hydrogen
Gary Bennington, Magma Catalysts, and Tom Ventham, Unicat B.V. and G.W. Aru, LLC, explore the development of a new steam methane reforming technology for the future hydrogen economy.

A new generation of catalysts is born
Per Zeuthen, Michael T. Schmidt, and Sergio A. Robledo, Haldor Topsoe, Denmark, introduce a new, novel alumina-supported catalyst.

Octane improvement in FCC units: an open choice
Hernando Salgado and Melissa Clough Mastry, BASF Refining Catalysts, offer a review of octane improvement methods in an FCC unit and assess each method’s advantages and disadvantages.

Going head-to-head
Kai Dannenbauer, Ioan-Teodor Trotus, Robert Henkel, and Florian Huber, hte GmbH, Germany, discuss catalyst testing and supporting catalyst management in a refinery.

Ejectors eject energy hogs
Bill Kubik, Graham Corp., USA, explains why turbine operating costs depend on condenser and ejector performance.

Seize the moment
Sandeep Chandran, Honeywell Connected Plant, USA, suggests steps that today’s competitive refining industry can take now to establish a clear path to digitalisation.

Get with the programme
Mark Vining, MISTRAS Group, USA, explains how newly-developed risk-based inspection (RBI) assessment programmes can use a combination of API 580-recognised methodologies to help operators ensure safety and compliance while supplying better data for more informed inspection and maintenance decisions.

No idle concern
Charlie D. Smith, ExxonMobil, USA, emphasises the importance of implementing an effective rust prevention programme before idling equipment.

Intelligent signalling
Claire Lloyd, REMBE GmbH Safety + Control, Germany, explores how intelligent signalling solutions keep operators informed about the status of the entire plant.

Beyond band-aids
Contaminants cause constraints. Mathews Thundyil and David M. Seeger, Transcend Solutions LLC, USA, present a methodology to help operators move beyond addressing symptoms to finding solutions to improve operating efficiency.

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