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December 2015

The December 2015 issue is filled with exciting topics, including petrochemicals, software, health and safety, gas processing, heat exchangers, valves and desulfurisation. Nancy Yamaguchi provides this month’s Regional Report, reviewing the effects of recent political turbulence on North Africa’s oil and gas sector, while KBC’s Keynote article discusses the impact of proposed new EPA regulation on fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) units. We finish this jam-packed issue with 15 facts on Canada.

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World News

A turbulent time
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, reviews the effects of recent political turbulence on North Africa’s oil and gas sector

Rationalising regulation: part two
Aaron Wright, Robert Ohmes and Joni Lipkowitz, KBC Advanced Technologies, Inc., continue their discussion of proposed new EPA regulations, this time focusing on the impact on FCC units

Finding the right path
Ekaterina Kalinenko and Luisa Sykes, Euro Petroleum Consultants, explain how the global petrochemical industry can adapt to the high level of uncertainty and volatility in energy markets and still remain competitive

The sky's the limit
Richard Sappe, AVEVA, UK, looks at the limitless opportunities offered by cloud computing

Digging into the digital workspace
Omar Sheikh, Bluebeam Software, Inc., USA, explains how the use of a digital workspace can help oil and gas companies to improve efficiency and maximise resources

Fighting crime
Robert McComber, Schneider Electric, Canada, explains why companies that decide to share their cyber security solutions could be leaders in major industry advancements

Education to experience exchange
Geert Boogaerts, essenscia, Geert Vercruysse, BASF, and Jan Degrève, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Department of Chemical Engineering, Belgium, provide an insight into the development of process safety education and training courses at the Delta Process Academy (DPA)

A new catalytic approach
Rahul Khandelwal, GTC Technology, USA, and Matt Thundyil, Transcend Solutions, USA, present a novel process to meet refiner and gas plant's sulfur recovery needs

A catalyst for thought
Bradford M. Cook, Sabin Metal Corporation, USA, describes how to best capitalise on PGM catalyst recovery and refining

Avoiding separation anxiety
Rick Peters and Ankur Jariwala, Cameron Process Systems, USA, look at membrane-based systems for CO2 removal

Line up!
Ganesh Kidambi and Pavan Chilukuri, Shell Global Solutions International BV, The Netherlands, explain how operators can use new gas treating lineups to meet ultra low sulfur dioxide emissions for projects based on sour and contaminated gas reserves

Rewarding recovery
M. P. Heisel and B. Marès, PROSERNAT, France, present an economic method for sulfur recovery from low H2S content gases

Immersion heaters 101
Ilan Toledano, Wattco, USA, provides an introductory guide to immersion heaters, and discusses their role in the oil and gas industry

Cooling off
Tom Higley, CALGAVIN, UK, describes the difficulties of designing air cooled heat exchangers for cooling viscous products

The highest resistance
Barinder Ghai, Sandvik Materials Technology, EMEA, explains how high alloy multi-purpose austenitic stainless steel helped to ensure safe operations in the heat exchangers at an oil refinery in India

Progressive preheating
Bart van den Berg, HeatMatrix Group, the Netherlands, explains the benefits of polymer air preheaters for corrosive flue gas

The right selection
Fabian C. Gonzalez, Flowserve Corp., USA, details control valve selection for severe service slurry applications in coking processes

The performance from within
Juha Yli-Petäys, Metso, Finland, highlights how intelligent solenoid valves save time, money and resources

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