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May 2023

This issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering begins with a regional report exploring why geopolitics are set to rule Asia’s oil markets this year. Key features throughout the issue include spent caustic management, compression technology, decarbonisation, LNG, simulation, and digitalisation.

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Navigating Asia’s energy sector
Ng Weng Hoong, Contributing Editor, discusses the ways in which geopolitics are set to rule Asia’s oil markets in 2023.

Spent caustic management: treatment options and beneficial reuse
Cyndie Fredrick, Richard Stambaugh, Mark Knobloch, Kathy Young, Emma Chan and Jessica Parsa, Merichem Company, explore how the oil and gas industry is prioritising the safe treatment and/or reuse of its waste materials.

Making the right choice
Artem Vityuk, BASF Corp., USA, and Arno Goertz, Air Consulting, Germany, explain the process behind selecting adsorbents for heat-regenerated compressed air dryers.

Keeping up with new developments
Dr Roland Emmrich and Olga Alhaj-Hohenstein, MAN Energy Solutions, Germany, reflect on the most recent developments in axial compressors, and provide an overview of new solutions available to aid decarbonisation efforts.

Enhanced design to enhance operations
Prof. Dr. Klaus Hoff and Jens Wulff, NEUMAN & ESSER, Germany, detail how a compressor design program can be used to reduce a plant’s CAPEX, OPEX and greenhouse gas emissions.

Taking control of a system
Nabil Abu-Khader, Compressor Controls Corp. (CCC), UAE, presents a number of operation scenarios for power recovery trains (PRTs).

Bridging the LNG and energy transition gap
Magnus Ulseth, Quorum Software, explains how cloud-based software can help LNG fulfil its potential as a transition fuel.

Expectations from simulation: part two – case studies
As a follow-up to part one of this article, Prashanth Chandran, Nathan Hatcher and Ralph Weiland, Optimized Gas Treating, Inc., USA, present a series of case studies whereby simulators have been used across a range of treating applications.

The importance of accurate analysis
Gadi Briskman and Tom Rosenwasser, Modcon Systems Ltd, introduce a method that enables accurate prediction of the hydrocarbon dew point using machine learning (ML).

Efficient detection capabilities
Julian Yeo, United Electric Controls, USA, discusses how wireless gas leak detection can improve monitoring efficiency and regulatory compliance.

The time for digitalisation is now
Ross Boyd, TRU, USA, explains how digitalisation can be implemented at the operational level to assist turnarounds, inspections and maintenance at refineries.

Tracking changes
Ashfaq Anwer, UAE, discusses the development and management of written inspection schemes, and explores how they can help to ensure equipment reliability in process plants.

Advanced mapping solutions
Frederic Reverdy, Eddyfi Technologies, France, explains how best to perform corrosion mapping with ultrasonic techniques.

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