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May 2012

The May issue sees the launch of a new feature, the Global Maintenance Review. We will be providing you with a round up of maintenance news and case studies from around the globe. Also, we look at gas processing and treating with URS, tank storage with AR Watson and Rosen. There is also part two of the PumpCalcs article and part 2 of Fluor’s compressor series.


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Contents

COMMENT

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

A JUGGERNAUGHT FED ON FOSSILS
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, evaluates India’s hydrocarbon industry and product market.

THE POWER OF THE PUMP: PART TWO
Robert X. Perez, Pump Calcs, USA, offers a guide on how to select the right centrifugal pump. The second installment of this two part article outlines 10 considerations for the selection of efficient and reliable centrifugal pumps.

ON THE SHALE TRAIL
Ed Sheehan, Kevin Taylor and Johnny Johnson, URS Corporation, USA, discuss shale gas processing retrofit options.

FUTURE SHOCK
Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, argues that the refining sector is entering a period of upheaval, meaning that the refineries of the future could look very different to those in use today.

GLOBAL MAINTENANCE REVIEW
Hydrocarbon Engineering provides an overview of maintenance projects undertaken around the world over the past 12 months.

THE AERIAL VIEW
Malcolm Connolly, Cyberhawk Innovations, UK, explains why hydrocarbon operators should consider remotely operated aerial vehicles for inspection and improved safety.

SMOOTH OPERATORS
Frank Joop, Intergraph, USA, discusses the benefits of control system engineering for the safe efficient and economical operation of a plant.

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPRESSOR TESTING: PART TWO
Neetin Ghaisas, Fluor Canada Ltd, explains the key requirements for centrifugal compressor testing. The second part of this two part article elaborates on the compressor performance test and mechanical running test.

ADDRESSED TO COMPRESS
Graham Pearl, CompAir, UK, outlines how compressed air specification can lead to better performance in the oil and gas industry.

VIRTUAL COMMISSIONING: MORE THAN A TOY STORY
Peter Küper and Alexander Lindworsky, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, Germany, consider whether virtual commissioning of compressor trains is simply a new toy for engineers or a future key technology for the oil and gas industry.

IMITATE TO UNDERSTAND
José María Nougués, Michael Brodkorb and Josep A. Feliu, Inprocess Technology, Spain, detail how dynamic process simulation can be used for centrifugal compressor systems.

TANK RELOCATION
Gustavo Magram and Lance Watson, AR Watson Inc., USA, explain the process of lifting and moving storage tanks and the potential cost savings involved.

THE RISK INSPECTORS
Ronald Tuls and Bron Hekkema and Sebastian Ruik Beyhaut, The ROSEN Group, describe how a prioritisation plan can be created for out of service inspections at tank terminals using a risk based inspection methodology.

FLARE FOR DESIGN
Dhiren Madlani, Flaretot, UK, demonstrates how total flare system design can be achieved using one integrated suite of software applications

A BENEFICIAL EXCHANGE
Peter Ellerby, Cal Gavin, UK, argues that technologies to enhance heat exchanger performance can yield savings in cost, weight, footprint and reduced fouling, citing an example from Mexico.

15 FACTS ON... INDIA
15 nuggets of information on India and its oil and gas industry.


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