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December 2020

This issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering includes features on compressors, rotors, data analytics & simulation, construction projects, water management, and gas separation. This month’s regional report looks at Russia, and how its downstream sector is faring in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Included in the December issue:
The Tanks & Terminals Winter 2020 supplement - view your free issue here.

Riding through the storm
Ekaterina Kalinenko, Euro Petroleum Consultants, Russia, examines how Russia’s downstream industry is faring while developing strategies for the future.

Navigating the natural gas journey: part two
In the second part of this two part series, Chris Wallace and Dr Hari Nemmara, Filtration Technology Corp., USA, continue their exploration of how to manage liquid contamination along the natural gas journey.

Biofouling mitigation
Livia Fallet and Renate Ruitenberg, Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company, USA, explain how connecting chemistry and advanced data analytics can help to minimise operational risks in cooling water systems.

Productive prediction-making
Allison Buenemann, Seeq, USA, explains how rapid prediction of quality problems can empower petrochemical plant personnel to make timely adjustments that improve production outcomes.

Integration of refinery planning model with simulation
Ömer Yurttas, Seçil Uzun, Eda Bayraktar, Hale Sayan, Bünyamin Kilinç, Tuncer Gök, and Ismail Batur Usta, Tüpras, Turkey, show how a linear programming model for a catalytic reforming unit can be improved by using a simulation model.

On-purpose propylene production
Stephen Ross, Shane Harvey, and Christopher Braman, Elliott Group, USA, highlight the use of centrifugal compressors for propane dehydrogenation.

Rethinking compressor selection
Yavuz Ertune and Megan Schaenzer, Siemens Energy, make the case for using integrally geared compressors in high-flow applications.

Engineering a new generation of rotor
Justin Fleming and Paul Wells, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor International Corp., USA, explain the choice faced by hydrocarbon processing plant owners between replacing or upgrading rotors in centrifugal compressors and the best way to reduce maintenance expenditure over the long-term.

Keeping an eagle eye on performance
M. Theodore Gresh, Flexware Inc., USA, outlines the benefits of continuously monitoring compressor and turbine performance, and presents case studies in support of continuous performance monitoring.

A recipe for quality
Ashim Parmar, COIM, USA, alongside Alan Lloyd and Goutam Shahani, ShureLine Construction, USA, delve into the elements needed to provide consistent quality throughout construction projects.

Fighting back against fouling
Dennis Long, Watlow, USA, investigates how continuous helical flow technology can be used to reduce fouling.

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