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October 2010

The regional report from Nancy Yamaguchi in this bumper issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering looks at East Asia’s Energy Tigers. Gordon Cope has also contributed to this issue and looks at desalination. There are also features on software for the HPI and the heavy crude challenge.


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Contents

COMMENT

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

EAST ASIA: ALL ENERGY TIGERS
Nancy D. Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, looks at East Asia’s refining industry, paying particular attention to the four ‘Energy Tigers’

PASS THE SALT
Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, outlines why desalination is becoming more important to the petroleum industry.

TACKLING SUBSTANDARD WATER
Holly Johnson and Mark Hess, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, USA, discuss how to handle low quality water sources with compact, high rate softening and clarification technologies

THE FUTURE OF WASTEWATER MONITORING
Peter Norman, GE Power & Water, USA, and Pat Whalen, LuminUltra, Canada, describe how to dramatically improve downstream wastewater management

A SPONTANEOUS SWAP
Wolf Koch, James Wasas, Raymond Stenger and Evan Howell, SWAPSOL Corporation, USA, discuss a breakthrough in flue gas cleanup, CO2 mitigation and H2S removal

NO MORE HEADACHES
Product Strategy, AVEVA Solutions, UK, reports the top 10 instrument and control headaches

SHOW AND TELL
Gary Carson, Equamark, Inc., USA, looks at what technologies are currently available in plant engineering and design and how they can save money now

CYBER WARS
Kevin Staggs, Honeywell ACS Advanced Technology Labs, USA, and Eric Byres, Byres?Security Inc., Canada, discuss the importance of cyber security

TECHNOLOGY OF CHOICE
Lorenzo Micucci, Siirtec Nigi S.p.A., Italy, discusses a new method of natural conditioning for long pipeline transportation

PUTTING TECHNOLOGY TO THE TEST
B. Johnson, C. Baukal, N. Petersen and J. Karan, John Zink Co. LLC, USA, and S. Sidek, Petronas Gas Berhad, Malaysia, outline a thermal oxidiser testing case study

INSPECTING THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL
Debbie Batt, Thermo Fisher Scientific, UK, describes methods for analysing total sulfur and total nitrogen in bunker fuel

ON THE LEVEL
Ian Koscialkowski Fiore, Oswaldo Luiz Carrapiço and Wilson Tsuyoshi Ogino, Petrobras, Brazil, discuss the development of a method to calculate the real time hydrofluoric acid level on an alkylation unit’s acid settler

IN FAVOUR OF HYDROGEN ADDITION
Mitra Motaghi, Bianca Ulrich and Anand Subramanian, KBR, USA, discuss the relevance of slurry phase residue hydrocracking to today’s market

GETTING ACTIVE
Rosann Schiller, Ann Benoit, Yuying Shu and Rick Wormsbecher, Grace Davison, USA, introduce Alcyon, a new FCC catalyst design for maximum activity and conversion

MAKING WAVES IN SULFUR REMOVAL
Florian J. Schattenmann, SulphCo, Inc., presents an alternative to hydrodesulfurisation for removing sulfur from petroleum product streams

AN ITALIAN CASE STUDY
Andy Benton, Michell Instruments Ltd, UK and Antonio Spadaccini, API, Italy, give an overview of online moisture in liquid hydrocarbons at an isomerisation plant in the API refinery, Ancona, Italy

INFRARED IS THE WAY AHEAD
Johan Tegstam, FLIR Systems AB, UK, describes how BP Chemicals enhanced site safety with infrared technology


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