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September 2008

On this month's cover: INTERCAT is the leading supplier of FCC additives and addition systems. With over 25 additive products, its FCC additives and addition systems allow refi ners to make the most of the synergies that exist in the FCC unit so that they may continually optimise yields and minimise emissions.


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The Boom That Could Have Been
Dr Julia Kusznir, Koszalin Institute of Comparative European Studies, Poland and Dr Heiko Pleines, Dept. of Politics and Economics, Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen, Germany, give an overview of the Russian refining sector

The Price of Plant Safety
Clive Wilby, AVEVA Solutions, UK, explores the problem of plant safety and shows how information management technology can solve it to increase both safety and profitability

Globally Connected
Anne-Marie Walters, Bentley, USA, gives an overview of how Bechtel uses Bentley’s ProjectWise for collaboration and data reuse in the massive Jamnagar Refinery expansion

Software Solutions
David Joffrion, Intergraph, USA, details the solutions that the company has employed to increase data quality and improve project workflows

A Study in Contrasts
COADE Inc., USA, reports on India as it improves its infrastructure and prepares to become a global economy

Fuel for the Future
Frans Plantenga, Leen Gerritsen and Jan Pieter Fortuin, Alternative Fuel Technologies, Albemarle, The Netherlands, present the company's vision and approach to biofuels in the refinery

New Opportunities
Brian Watkins and Charles Olsen, Advanced Refining Technologies, USA, Kevin Sutovich and Joanne Deady, Grace Davison Refi ning Technologies, USA, Natalie Petti, Vandelay Management, USA, and Stephan Wellach, Grace Davison Refi ning Technologies, Europe, present new opportunities for coprocessing renewable feeds in the refinery process.

Efficient Automation
Matthias Mehner, Siemens AG, Germany and Andreas Rabitz, Alpha Meß-Steuer-Regeltechnik GmbH, Germany, discuss the use of intrinsically safe I/O systems in biodiesel plants

Taking Care of Biodiesel Optimisation
Tory Woolf, Michael B. Simpson and Jean-Luc Flandin, ABB, Canada, review the use of FTIR analysis for production optimisation

Catalyst Overview
Hydrocarbon Engineering provides an overview of some of the most advanced catalyst technologies available within the hydrocarbon processing industry today

All the Mod Cons: Part 1
Michael Schultes, Werner Grosshans, Steffen Müller and Michael Riuk, Raschig GmbH, Germany, present a modern liquid distributor and redistributor design

Solving Waste Problems
Chandler Johnson, Dewitt Dees, Christian Cabral and Karim Essemiani, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, USA, explain how contaminant removal and footprint problems are tackled with moving bed biofilm technology

Streamline and on Target
Paul Ring, CH2M HILL, USA, explains how to streamline a preventive maintenance program


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