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November 2013

This issue we look at European refining with Euro Petroleum Consultants and the first part of TA Cook’s 2 part series. The lead feature focuses on opportunity cures and we also delve in to plant maintenance and engineering with specific case studies from Tupras and Wison Engineering. The issue also covers catalysts, desulfurisation, water treatment, heat exchangers and emissions monitoring.


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Contents

03 COMMENT

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

12 EUROPE: STILL WAITING
Luisa Sykes, Euro Petroleum Consultants, discusses the European refining market in 2013 and looks at how recovery in the refining sector has been postponed for another year.

22 DIESELISING EUROPE: PART 1
Pedro Custódio, T.A. Cook Consultants, Germany, discusses why the diesel boom need not lead to refinery closures.

25 WITHIN REACH
Michael A. Silverman, Carlos A. Cabrera and Michael D. Hillerman, Ivanhoe Energy, USA, discuss how HTL enables monetisation of heavy oil in remote locations

31 TIGHT OIL CHARACTERISATION
S.A. Lordo, G.T. Savage, T. M. Syvret, Nalco Champion, USA, discuss the implications of tight oil, associated processing challenges and strategies.

40 BOTTOMS UP!: PART 2
In the second instalment of a two part series, Jeremy Mayol, Carl Keeley, Vasileios Komvokis, Stefano Riva, and Stephen D. Challis, BASF, discuss approaches to select the best FCC catalyst to improve unit profitability.

48 DON'T BE MEDIEVAL, MAKE MORE DIESEL!
Bi-Zeng Zhan and Theo Maesen, Chevron Lummus Global, USA, and Jay Parekh and Dan Torchia, Advanced Refining Technology, USA, describe how catalyst technology approaches and processing tactics can be used to optimise hydrocracker unit operation in order to meet the future needs for diesel and gas oil production.

53 THINK SMART
Charles Olsen, Advanced Refining Technologies, discusses the advantages of high activity catalysts.

59 ENHANCING SRU PERFORMANCE
Ahmet Bebek, Turkish Petroleum Refineries Corporation, Turkey and Shamie Algoe, Shell Global Solutions, The Netherlands, discuss ways of improving acid gas enrichment in order to reach performance targets.

66 INNOVATIVE THINKING
John Payne and Mark Hudson, Foster Wheeler, UK, outline strategies that refiners can use to derive increased value from their refinery turnarounds.

73 THE ROAD TO SICHUAN
Zhou Hongliang, Wison Engineering, China, discusses the facilitation of complex project success through effective organisational structure and efficient procurement logistics.

79 EFFECTIVE SIDESTREAM FILTRATION
Ingo Königs, Kurita GmbH, Germany, discuss how the use of special filter conditioning agents can dramatically improve sidestream filter efficiency.

83 MEETING THE CHALLENGE
John O’Regan, SCFI, Ireland, explores the options currently available to plant operators for the disposal of spent caustic and explains a new solution that is set to enhance the way waste caustic is treated.

87 AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO SULFUR RECOVERY
Matt Thundyil, David Seeger, Ramiro G. Vazquez and Sameer Pallavkar, GTC Technology US, LLC, discuss an alternative approach to sulfur recovery from lean sour gas streams.

91 TAKING THE NEXT STEP
Tome Stanic, Voith Turbo BHS Getriebe GmbH, Germany, discusses how innovatively designed turbo gearboxes can provide new levels of performance and the potential to debottleneck entire drive trains.

97 TAKING A VIEW ON DESIGN
Mantosh Bhattacharya, Petrofac, UAE, discusses end user design review for high pressure centrifugal compressors.

104 15 FACTS ON EUROPE
15 bite sized chunks of information on Europe, its countries and its hydrocarbon industry.


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