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September 2015

The September 2015 issue is jam packed with a number of exciting features, including Catalyst Handling, Water Treatment, Heat Transfer, Clean Fuels, Blending and Engineering Case Studies. The lead feature, Recruitment & Employment, features commentary from a number of companies and authorities operating within the oil and gas industry regarding the current job climate, and the prospects for the future. Meanwhile, Gordon Cope provides this month’s Regional Report on the monumental changes occurring in the Mexican oil and gas industry. To finish off the issue we give you 15 facts on shale gas.


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World News

Fiesta time!
Mexico’s oil and gas sector is undergoing a monumental change. Whether for better, or worse, is anyone’s guess. Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, provides an update on the latest industry developments.

Recruitment and employment perspective
Volatility in oil prices, amongst other factors, has had a profound impact on recruitment and employment in recent months. But will this last? And, if so, for how long? Hydrocarbon Engineering asks a number of companies and authorities operating within the oil and gas industry for their take on the current job climate, and the prospects for the future.

The boiling point
Thomas Lestina and Clement Sofka, Heat Transfer Research, Inc., USA, outline boiling mechanisms for light hydrocarbon service.

Feeling the heat
Roly Juliano, Watlow GmbH, Germany, discusses natural convection heat transfer for electric heaters.

Premium performance
Joe Podge and Steve Doyle, Chromalox, USA, discuss high performance component heating solutions for large, high temperature industrial applications.

A rare alternative
Alexis Shackleford, Thomas Masak, Qi Fu, Gary M. Smith and Bilge Yilmaz, BASF Corporation, and Robert D. Culp and Piotr Gawecki, Shell Global Solutions, discuss an alternative to rare earth elements in FCC catalysts.

Does your FCC catalyst add up?
FCC catalysts and additives are generally considered the second greatest refinery operating expense after crude oil purchases. Manfred Brown, Johnson Matthey, UK, examines the variety of addition devices available on the market today, using real world operating data to assess their accuracy and reliability.

The sweet smell of success
The pressure for refineries and process plants to minimise costs and increase efficiency continues to rise. Sean Appleton, 3M United Kingdom plc, examines the obstacles which the amine sweetening process can present to this aim, and looks at a recent solution to the problem.

Follow the trend
Pierre Clément, Cellier Activity, ABB France, discusses investment trends in lubricant blending technologies.

Film forming technology
Wolfgang Hater, Andre de Bache and Ingo Königs, Kurita Europe, Germany, describe an innovative technology based on film forming amines for the treatment of boiler feed water.

Don't let complexities trump efficiencies
Marcus Sprenkel, Cameron Process Systems, USA, explains why cleaning ethylene quench water requires solving multiple problems.

The next generation
Stephen Harrison and Ismail Erilhan, Linde Gases, explain why next generation fuels demand a new take on environmental control.

Turn it down
Marco van Son, Shashank Gujale and Sander Kobussen, Jacobs Comprimo® Sulfur Solutions, explain how cofiring was used to turn down a sulfur recovery unit at a gas plant in Alberta, Canada.

15 facts on...
This month we give you 15 facts on shale gas.


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