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May 2019

The May issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering includes features on gas processing, digital technologies, corrosion monitoring, compressors and valves and asset integrity. This month’s regional report looks at the latest developments in Alaska and Canada’s oil and gas sectors.

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Chill out
Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, argues that although Alaska and Canada may suffer cold winters, their oil and gas sectors are red hot.

The development journey
Raymond Bergmann and Martin van der Veer, Shell Global Solutions, describe the technology development journey that has enabled the replacement of manual sampling with online Raman spectrometry.

Amine regenerator control: part two
Pedro L. Ott, Nathan A. Hatcher and Ralph H. Weiland, Optimized Gas Treating Inc., USA, debate strategies for controlling lean loading.

Gas on the go
Trixie Pomares-Secillano, DNV GL – Oil & Gas, UK, puts forward the conceptual design for a mobile shale gas processing facility.

Existing in a cryogenic world
Dan Cychosz and Douglas Carlson, Emerson Automation Solutions, USA, show that even in extremely low temperatures, differential pressure-based instrumentation can deliver versatility, accuracy and value.

Full of hot air
Rhys Jenkins, Servomex, UK, explains how laser technology can provide safety monitoring in flare stack applications.

Overcoming corporate amnesia
Joy Singh, T. A. Cook Consultants Inc., USA, looks at leveraging digital technologies to build the next generation of petro-technical professionals.

Modern machine learning
John Hague, AspenTech, USA, explains how low-touch machine learning is fulfilling the promise of asset performance management (APM).

The team approach
Leon de Ridder and Lewis Barton, ROSEN Group, describe how three technologies come together for corrosion detection and management of an aboveground fuel pipeline.

Making the right choice
Dr. William Vickers, Ionix Advanced Technologies, explores how the latest developments in non-invasive ultrasonic integrity and corrosion monitoring systems can help to maximise productivity and minimise downtime.

Method in the MAD-ness
Tim Hill, Quest Integrity, USA, outlines how to achieve maximum online fired heater integrity optimisation.

Hidden dangers
Sarel Duvenage, Fluor, South Africa, and Dr. Shehzaad Kauchali, School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, discuss the problem of immiscible vapour pressure.

Changing the narrative
Joel Sanford, Siemens, USA and Jerad Mitchell, Praxair Inc., USA, recount how the implementation of reliable valves helped to supply hydrogen to BP’s Whiting Refinery.

Mapping out the possibilities
Massimiliano Di Febo and Pasquale Paganini, IPC, Italy, explore compressor map modifications in off-design conditions.

Myth vs reality
Gobind Khiani, GAPv Inc. (Consulting Engineering Assessment), Canada, explores the reality of hydrostatic pressure testing process piping systems.

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