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November 2011

In this refining issue we are pleased to offer an insight in to the European refining industry with an article from the Euro Petroleum Consultants and Part 2 of KBC’s global refining overview. This issue also includes a catalyst feature with articles from Grace, Intertek and Haldor Topsoe and a safety feature with articles from Honeywell and ABB.


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Contents

COMMENT

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

A CONVALESCENT CONTINENT? CHANGES AND CHALLENGES IN EUROPEAN REFINING
Stefan Chapman, Euro Petroleum Consultants Ltd., UK, takes a look at the current issues facing the European refining industry as it fights off the malaise of the global recession.

GLOBAL REFINING REVIEW: PART 2
Stephen George, KBC Process Technology Ltd, UK, provides an overview of the worldwide refining industry. In the second installment of this two part article, developments in Asia and the Middle East are considered.

BATTLE OF ATTRITION
Colin Baillie and Sabeeth Srikantharajah, Grace Davison Refining Technologies, Germany, and Bernhard Zahnbrecher, Bayernoil, Germany, discuss improved attrition resistance and product yields through a change of FCC catalyst.

PURE AND SIMPLE
Axel Düker, Süd-Chemie AG, Germany, presents the ptimisation of integrated aromatic complexes via the use of novel purification catalysts.

WORTH THINKING ABOUT
Lars Skyum, Haldor Topsøe, Denmark, outlines a method to calculate the net present value of a catalyst, taking into account factors including cost reduction, regeneration and catalyst performance.

CLEANER MARINE FUELS
Robert Absil, Intertek, USA, reviews methods of meeting marine fuel sulfur oil specifications through catalyst and reactor technologies.

NO STRINGS ATTACHED
John Colpo and Diederik Mols, Honeywell Process Solutions EMEA, describe the emerging safety applications for industrial wireless technology throughout the oil and gas industry.

SAFE AND SOUND
Graeme Ellis, ABB Consulting, UK, extols the virtues of process safety performance indicators within an overall process safety management system.

THINKING CAPS
Jari Kirmanen, Metso Automatic Inc, Finland, discusses the applications for high end intelligent emergency valves.

SEEKING OUT THE HOT SPOTS
Nicolas Aubin, Petroval, France, explores infrared thermography.

CARRY ON CLAMPING
Jörg Sacher, FLEXIM GmbH, Germany, and Björg Otte, BP Gelsenkirchen GmbH, Germany, look at non-invasive high temperature flow measurements in the Ruhr Oel Gelsenkirchen refinery.

HYBRID THEORY
Anke Braun and Josef Jarosch, LEWA GmbH, Germany, and Rainer Dübi and Luzi Valär, Burckhardt Compression, Switzerland, discuss ways to improve efficiency of CO2 and acid gas compression.

BACK TO THE ROOTS
Heinrich Imhof, IMHOF Tank-Technik, Germany, evaluates emission control and risk management for hydrocarbon storage tanks.

THROUGH THICK AND THIN
Luc Bellière, Philippe Burg, Domitille Chantereau and Suzanne M. Stanton, Sofraser, France, analyse the role of viscosity control throughout a variety of petroleum related operations.

THE SWEET SPOT
Blazo Ljubicic, Koch Heat Transfer, USA, compares hairpin technology against conventional heat exchanger designs for application in the oil and gas industry.

15 QUESTIONS WITH...PATRICK O'NEIL SAJBEL, MERICHEM
A personal and professional insight into Merichem's Director of Catalyst Products.


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