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Opec's risky metamorphosis

The urge to create a bigger producer group based on the Declaration of Cooperation is changing Opec's power politics

Remove carbonyls from gaseous hydrocarbon streams for ethylene plant service

Within the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI), particularly the petrochemical sector, there remains an irritating series of reactions associated with acid gas removal (AGR) using dilute caustic soda—namely, aldol condensation reactions and their respective products.

Use advanced predictive analytics for early detection and warning of column flooding events

In this study, a methodology was implemented to predict crude distillation tower flooding events based on key process variables, including product yields, column pumparound (PA) flowrates, column temperatures and overhead reflux flowrate.

Oil goes into the red zone

The market is primed for another price rally. The industry needs to update its outlook

Challenges and opportunities for equation-based hydrates prediction

Gas hydrates may form in any location where free gas, water, and the appropriate temperature and pressure exist, such as in natural gas production, transportation and processing systems.

Creating a ‘win-win’ between construction contractor and project owner—Part 1

Numerous articles have been written about the key elements to a successful construction project.1–6 The important considerations for a successful project, which have been widely accepted, are: scope, cost, schedule, safety and quality.

Advanced steam system optimization program

The steam system forms an integral part of the safe, reliable and profitable operation of a process plant. Steam constitutes approximately 30% of the energy used in a typical petroleum refinery.

Africa: The challenge of investing in Africa’s additional capacities

According to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2017, Africa’s total crude oil production is approximately 7.9 MMbpd.

U.S. government raises crude output forecast for 2018-2019

The U.S. government boosted its forecast for domestic crude output both this year and next year amid a surge in prices.

Oil rises as Trump tells buyers to cut back on Iranian crude

Oil rose to a three-year high after the U.S. told buyers of Iranian crude they have six months to curb their purchases or face tough penalties.

Industry Honors Vic Weston with 2018 MVP Award

It’s been more than three decades since Tom Iseley moved to Louisiana and joined the Purdue University faculty, but he’ll never forget his first meeting with Vic Weston.

Some Extra-Clean Breaks with Standard Practices

In recent weeks, some innovations in the area of fortifying the environment have been gaining attention and should make those in the industry, particularly those involved with gas distribution, feel good about what they do for a living.

INGAA’s Bruner Seeks Unity Within Natural Gas Industry

In electing Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company President Jeffrey Bruner as its chairman, the INGAA Board of Directors chose a true pipeline veteran in every sense of the word.

Industry Perspectives: China holds nearly half of all petrochemical projects in Asia

Over the past decade, the Asia-Pacific region has been the leader in total active projects in all sectors of the downstream processing industry.

Modeling and optimization of pressure distillation to achieve pharma-grade THF

This case study details the production of tetrahydrofuran (THF), with a purity of 99.96 wt% and water moisture of less than 200 parts per million (ppm).

Surfactant contaminants in feed gas streams to amine units—The phantom foaming agent

Contamination in feed gas streams to processing plants is a leading cause of lost revenue, upsets and low throughput. More detailed testing shows that surfactants in the gas stream are among the most damaging contaminants affecting the process. Surfactants pose a number of challenges, such as foaming and emulsification. In the feed gas, surfactants may be the predominant cause of amine foaming leading to high H2S in the treated gas and amine solvent losses.