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New Diagnostics Technology Assesses Pipeline Pig Runs

By using newer, non-intrusive technology, pipeline operators can survey their assets to gain a clear understanding of the pipeline’s deposit profile in a safe and cost-effective manner without having to stop production or risk inserting tools into the pipeline.

Utility & Communications Construction Update

The summer construction season of 2019 saw further decline for the Utility & Communications Construction Index (UCCI) companies relative to the S&P 500. From June through September, the S&P 500 is up over 3 percent, while the UCCI had declines of approximately 1.4 percent.

Driving the viability of micro-LNG projects

In recent years, as the world has increasingly shifted away from heavier distillates in favor of cleaner-burning fuel sources, the role of natural gas in the global energy landscape has expanded dramatically

Advanced modeling for monitoring centrifugal compressor operation

Ensuring safe and optimal operative conditions for compressors is a primary goal for process plants.

Business Trends: One downstream—Strategic imperatives for the evolving refining and chemical sectors

Downstream executives will remember the present decade as a golden age for the industry, driven by low feedstock prices and healthy end-use demand.

Looking back at the Phillips 66 explosion in Pasadena, Texas: 30 years later

October 23, 2019 marks the 30-yr anniversary of a devastating fire and explosion that claimed the lives of 23 workers at a major chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas.

Are there ghosts in your maintenance backlog?

The heart and soul of a maintenance organization is often found in the backlog of identified work. However, this work is not only the ready work.

Asia: China eyes significant growth in petrochemicals

China aims to grow its domestic petrochemical production during the next 5 yr–7 yr, driven by the ongoing modernization of major production facilities and an increase in foreign investments.

HDD Reunion To Unite Past, Present and Future

Though its history is relatively brief, HDD players quickly became a fraternity of visionaries. To honor this unique, tight-knit community, a special HDD Reunion will be held at the annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition.

Midstream International Update: Pipeline Construction & Market Trends

Global demand for natural gas and the infrastructure necessary to deliver it is set to keep growing over the next five years, with ongoing increases in demand across underdeveloped Asian economies and the continued development of international gas trade

Arctic gas boosts Gazprom Neft

The Russian producer looks on track to achieve its production growth targets

Asset life assessment: A strategic reliability tool for the process industries

Asset life assessment (ALA) has become a strategic tool for process plants (e.g., petrochemical, chemical, and oil and gas) to determine the extent of degradation and the ability of assets to bear static and dynamic loads while sustaining the desired production processes.

Executive Viewpoint: Now and into the future: Challenges and solutions for the global processing industries

Hydrocarbon Processing sat down with senior-level executives of Merichem Company, Cyndie Fredrick (CF) and Kathy Young (KY), Senior Vice Presidents and General Managers of Merichem’s two business units, to discuss the state of the downstream industry, where it is heading in the future and how their company is helping operators meet their sustainability goals.

Pipeline Constraints, Not Export Ban, Caused Big Price Differentials

Over the past decade, the price of WTI diverged considerably from Brent, sometimes selling at a steep discount. Some studies pointed to the ban on exporting U.S. crude oil production as the main culprit, but scarce domestic pipeline capacity explains half to three-quarters of the deviation.

Diversified Infrastructure Providers Reshaping Private Water Landscape

The U.S. municipal water landscape is undergoing a transformation, as critical infrastructure services – water, gas, and electricity – converge under single investor-owned utility banners. This trend is highlighted by the growing roster of diversified infrastructure service providers owning water and wastewater utilities in the U.S., according to a new report from Bluefield Research.

Catalysts producer inaugurates new services and support office

Clariant announced that the company’s Catalysts business inaugurated a new services and support office in Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.