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February 2020

This issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering covers a range of topics including sulfur, digitalisation, catalyst handling, pumps, valves and compressors. This month’s regional report from Ng Weng Hoong looks at Asia’s energy insecurity.

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Energy anxiety
Ng Weng Hoong, Contributing Editor, looks at Asia’s energy insecurity as the region’s strong oil demand outlook is matched by continuing supply fears.

The quest for a digital solution
Jan-Willem Hennipman and Marco van Son, Comprimo, look beyond the hype cycle and focus on the downstream applications of digitalisation from the perspective of a sulfur recovery licensor.

Steel belts for sulfur processing
Tom Smith, IPCO Germany GmbH, Germany, outlines how enhanced steel belt technology delivers greater resistance to corrosion.

Analyser applications
Parisa Akhshi, AMETEK Process Instruments, Canada, evaluates solutions for sulfur recovery analysis.

De-risking catalyst removal
Glen Derman, EnerMech Ltd, Australia, addresses the significant risks associated with catalyst handling in the LNG sector.

Let it flow
Steven Fulk and Ralph Weiland, Optimized Gas Treating Inc., USA, assess what affects efficiency in trayed and packed columns.

Optimising hydrogen production parameters
Diyar Kiliç, Ismail Bahadir Kara, Asli Reyhan, Eda Bayraktar, and Sultan Orman, Tüpras, Turkey, evaluate methods to optimise hydrogen production cost in a steam methane reformer. From zero to hero Brian Burkhart, Baker Hughes, USA, seeks to define ‘zero leakage’ of equipment and outlines how it can be achieved.

Not in isolation?
Mark Abbott, ValvTechnologies, USA, examines the challenges to effectively isolating hot, high-pressure fluids in oil and gas, and the modern valve solutions which exist to address this issue.

The power of pumps
Uli Eibl, NETZSCH Pumps & Systems, Germany, explains how individually configured positive displacement pumps can handle difficult tasks in midstream and downstream areas.

Retrofit or replace?
Luca Lonoce, Sulzer, looks at the benefits of using retrofit technology to meet the changing demands of the hydrocarbon processing industry.

Enhanced life, reliability and performance
Rambabu Chundru, Elliott Group, USA, discusses how finite element analysis applied to compressor impeller design can enhance compressor life, reliability, and performance in oil and gas and petrochemical applications.

Working in tandem
Travis Phoenix, Siemens Oil & Gas, USA, sets out the considerations for implementing mixed compression arrangements in gas processing facilities.

A close connection
Stuart Hall and John Morton, John Crane, UK, consider how advancements in rotating equipment go hand-in-hand with mechanical seal improvements.

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