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May 2013

May focuses on maintenance and you will find our second Global Maintenance Review in this issue, reporting on projects around the world that have taken place in the last 12 months. This issue also looks at gas with a feature on speciality gases, gas treating, processing and LNG.


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Contents

COMMENT

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

NATURAL GAS RISING
Nancy Yamaguchi, contributing editor, takes a closer look at the natural gas industry of the Middle East.

HEAD CONTENT VERSUS HEAD COUNT
Ford Brett, PetroSkills, USA, discusses what 'the big crew change' will mean for industry performance and activity.

SHOW ME THE SPECIALITIES
Stephen Harrison and Steen Sorensen, Linde, Germany, explain the complexities that go into the manufacture and handling of specialty gases for the petrochemical sector which differentiate them from other types of industrial gases.

SIMULATE GAS TREATING HOLISTICALLY: PART THREE
Nathan A. Hatcher, R. Scott Alvis and Ralph H. Weiland, Optimized Gas Treating, Inc., USA, provide a holistic perspective on gas treating simulation over a three part series of articles. This third and final part analyses the removal of CO2 with a piperazine promoted MDEA based solvent in an LNG plant.

SWEET SIMULATION: PART TWO
R. Ochieng and A. S. Berrouk, Petroleum Institute, UAE and J. Slagle, L.G. Lyddon and P. E. Krouskop, Bryan Research & Engineering, USA, discuss the ways in which process simulation has improved the natural gas sweetening Benfield HiPure process.

EXPANSIVE THINKING
Christopher Finley, Ebara, USA, gets to grips with the use of two phase liquified gas expanders for improving LNG liquefaction plant efficiency.

ABSORPTION CHILLING IN LNG PLANTS
V. Rajkumar, N. B. Peterson and C. B. Meher-Homji, Bechtel Corporation, USA and S.L. Gandhi, ConocoPhillips Company, USA, assess the potential of ammonia absorption chilling to enhance gas turbine power and LNG production.

BRIDGING THE GAP
Eike Drewes, Prognost Systems GmbH, Germany, discusses the relationship between safety protection and condition monitoring.

PLAYING IT COOL
Mark McCormick, Emerson Climate Technologies, USA, examines how shale gas processing has triggered a rise in the demand for rotary screw compressors for process refrigeration applications.

THE OPPULENCE OF OPPORTUNITY IN OBSOLESCENCE
Andi Santoso, Compressor Controls Corporation, USA, discusses optimising packaged air compressor operation with high performance control systems.

GOING DEEPER UNDERGROUND
Willem van der Bijl, FLEXIM, The Netherlands, relates the story of the development of ‘Natural Gas Buffer Zuidwending’.

STROKE OF GENIUS
Matthew Shepherd, Paladon Systems Ltd, UK, takes a look at how to implement cost effective smart partial stroke testing technology in automated ESD systems as well as the benefits they provide.

MAN THE PUMPS!
Mantosh Bhattacharya, Petrofac, UAE, presents a case study on the selection of a thermal isolator for a propylene transfer pump.

91 UNDER PRESSURE
Patrick Klima, Crystal Engineering, USA examines some for reducing the total cost of ownership and investment for pressure test equipment.

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

104 15 QUESTIONS WITH AFPM
Charles T. Drevna, President, AFPM, talks refining, manufacturing and why baseball player wouldn't be an alternative career choice.


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