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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.

HPCL plans to shut secondary units at refineries

India’s state-run Hindustan Petroleum Corp plans to shut some secondary units at its Mumbai and Vizag refineries in the current fiscal year in order to be able sell Euro-VI compliant fuel

India raises cost of refinery project with Aramco

India has increased the cost estimate of a giant refinery and petrochemical project to be jointly built with Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi National Oil Co by more than 36%, after protests by farmers forced the relocation of the plant

Japan LNG buyers talk tough as spot prices drop to 3-year lows

An inexorable decline in spot market prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) is pushing utilities in Japan to be more aggressive in price reviews built into traditional long-term contracts linked to oil prices

Australia to consider reserving some gas for home market

Australia, the world’s top liquefied natural gas exporter said it would consider forcing gas producers to reserve some supply for the domestic market, as it looks to cut energy bills for households and manufacturers.

Floating LNG market overview: Has FLNG crested the wave?

Following the oil price crash in 2014, coupled with the view of an oversupplied LNG market, sanctioned volumes of new LNG supply dropped considerably between 2015 and 2017. However, throughout these stagnant years, FLNG was a bright spot in the market.

Singapore moves closer to becoming a global LNG trading hub

Amid strong demand for LNG in the Asia-Pacific region and the need to secure regular gas supplies on a large scale, Singapore may become a major regional hub for LNG trade.