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October 2015

This October 2015 issue is full of interesting new features, including a discussion on the proposed new Environmental Protection Agency regulations on delayed coking and catalytic reforming units; an examination of the latest generation of sulfur recovery analysers; and Yves Herssens, MECS/DuPont, and Steven Meyer, MECS/DuPont, provide an explanation of how tail gas scrubber sulfur plant bypass ability aids emergency shutdowns and startups. This issue also features 'Hands off operation: Part two', where Paul Lyon and Maria Chwal, Vympel, Germany, discuss automated hydrocarbon dew point measurement.


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The calm before the storm
Ng Weng Hoong, Contributing Editor, explains why LNG markets are on the precipice of massive change.

Rationalising regulation: part one
Aaron Wright, Robert Ohmes and Joni Lipkowitz, KBC Advanced Technologies, Inc., discuss the impact of proposed new Environmental Protection Agency regulations on delayed coking and catalytic reforming units.

Measure for measure
Rhys Jenkins, Servomex Group Limited, UK, discusses points of gas analysis in ethylene production, providing a comprehensive guide to processes and analysis measurement technologies.

Acute analysis
Randy Hauer, Ametek Process Instruments, USA, explains how the latest generation of sulfur recovery analysers can boost reliability and safety in Claus sulfur recovery units.

Here to stay
Greg Hall, BCCK Engineering, Inc., USA, explains why nitrogen rejection will continue to be used throughout the gas processing industry, despite low commodity prices.

Planning for uncertainties
Anton Demmers, Neha Gupta and Rick van der Vaart, Shell Global Solutions International BV, outline how operators can reduce project risks through early adoption of a robust gas processing concept.

Scrub up
Yves Herssens, MECS/DuPont, Belgium, and Steven Meyer, MECS/DuPont, USA, explain how tail gas scrubber sulfur plant bypass ability aids emergency shutdowns and startups.

A staged approach
Hal Alper and Elizabeth Copeland, MYCELX Technologies Corp., USA, highlight the benefits of a sequential staged approach to the treatment of complex condensate streams.

The dirt on sulfur remelting
Izza Humayun, Enersul Limited Partnership, Canada, outlines a recommended approach to managing contaminated sulfur.

Automatic systematic
Offsites account for a significant proportion of a typical refinery’s bottom line. Paul Dickens, ABB Limited, UK, explains how operators can use automation opportunities to improve profitability.

Hands off operation: part two
Paul Lyon and Maria Chwal, Vympel, Germany, discuss automated hydrocarbon dew point measurement.

A guide to vapour pressure
Kevin Fogarty, Icon Scientific, UK, provides an introduction to the standards and solutions for the safe measurement of vapour pressure in the production, storage and use of petroleum products.

The tricky trickle valve
Adam Brandt, Jim Miller and Mark Noppenberger, NextGen Cyclones, LLC, USA, discuss the intricacies of trickle or flapper valve design and function within a refinery’s FCC reactor and regenerator cyclone.

Downsizing downtime
Andy Dunn and Jennifer Hopkins, Cameron International, explain how partnering with a valve service provider can help companies increase the return on their investments.

Pump protection
Massimiliano Di Febo, Pasquale Paganini and Giacinto Di Mango, IPC, Italy, present an advanced diagnostic and protection system for centrifugal pumps.

The step forward
Pasquale Delio Manicone and Francesco Annese, GE Oil & Gas, Italy, take a look at new pump designs for the hydrocarbon processing industry that represent a major step forward in pump suction operability.

Getting to grips with HIPPS
Robert Walker, Severn Glocon Group, UK, takes a closer look at high integrity pressure protection systems.

Sulphur Show Preview
Hydrocarbon Engineering previews a selection of companies that are exhibiting their downstream oil and gas sulfur technologies at Sulphur 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

15 questions...
We talk to John Rudolph, Honeywell Process Solutions, about cyber security, STEM and time travel.


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