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February 2017

The February 2017 issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering covers a wide range of features, including gas processing & treating, process control, speciality gases, desulfurisation, compressors, and pumps & valves. This month’s regional report from Contributing Editor, Ng Weng Hoong, focuses on the LNG market in Asia and Australasia.

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Asia's LNG drive
Ng Weng Hoong, Contributing Editor, explains why Asia’s ‘big four’ economies will continue to drive and dominate LNG imports through 2030.

The threat is real
Roberto Parola, Linde, Germany, and Mike Hayes, Linde, North America, explain why the oil and gas sector and environmental bodies worldwide are pushing to combat the threat of mercury.

A novel idea
Hammad Ahmad, ATG Plant Automation, Pakistan, evaluates the recovery of natural gas through a novel hybrid between a membrane and amine unit implemented at a gas facility in Pakistan.

Power performance
John Specht, Shell Global Solutions International B.V., the Netherlands, and Pat Holub, Huntsman Corp., USA, profile two projects that helped a tail gas treatment unit to improve its operability and lower operating costs, while meeting tough emission requirements.

SRF: Behind the steel
Michele Colozzi, Simona Cortese, Lucio Molinari, KT - Kinetics Technology S.p.A. (Maire Tecnimont Group), Italy, and Michele Manzulli, Virtual Materials Group Europe, Spain, examine sulfur recovery facilities and how a recent technological development brings operators closer to successful and efficient processing, engineering and operation.

Understanding temperature profiles
Ralph H. Weiland and Nathan A. Hatcher, Optimized Gas Treating Inc., USA, delve into the world of amine absorber temperature profiles.

Dropping the dead weight
Femke Schaefer, Bronswerk Heat Transfer B.V., the Netherlands, explains how alternative design solutions for shell and tube heat exchangers helped Persian Gulf Petrochemical Company to reduce total weight and plot space at the Bid Boland II gas processing plant in Iran.

Cunning cryogenics
Yousef Jarrah, Yosuke Kondo and Ryan Hirschsohn, Nikkiso Cryo Inc., USA, review the methods used to enhance cryogenic pump performance and reliability.

Overhaul operations
Samuel Eccles, SPX FLOW, UK, describes the overhaul of a pump for a critical diethylamine pumping process, exploring the technological developments that helped to ensure a successful project outcome.

Smarten up
Mantosh Bhattacharya, Petrofac, UAE, presents a blueprint for smart rotating machines used in the oil and gas industry.

Give it a boost
Roy G. Milum, P. E., Petrotech, USA, examines the impact of control system upgrades in gas processing facilities for extraction efficiency improvement.

Better blending
Javier Araujo, Honeywell, Spain, discusses the increasing global demand for lubricants and how moving to a modern process of lubricant blending can ensure better control, reduced downtime and increased output.

The economics of process analysis
Gregory Shahnovsky, Ariel Kigel and Ronny McMurray, Modcon Systems, UK, discuss how the implementation of online process analysers can improve refinery economics.

Signed, sealed, delivered
Mike Mulrooney and Goutam Shahani, ShureLine Construction, USA, examine process project design and delivery for today’s market.

The welding way
Mike J. Fletcher and Ron A. Sewell, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques, UK, present a modern weld purging solution recently implemented at a major gas import facility in Milford Haven, UK.

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