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February 2023

The February issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering begins with an outlook for the downstream sector in Central and South America. Key themes in this issue include decarbonisation, carbon capture, hydrogen, sulfur, turbomachinery and valves. The issue also includes articles on simulation, maintenance and corrosion protection.

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Glancing back, looking forward
Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, reflects on happenings in Central and South America’s downstream oil and gas sector in 2022, and forecasts what lies ahead for the region.

Capture to conquer
Jaleel Valappil, Bechtel Energy, USA, looks at how to ensure operability of hydrocarbon facilities with post-combustion carbon capture.

The route to recovery
Camille Ventham and Gerrit Bloemendal, Comprimo, part of Worley, detail the process behind recovering carbon dioxide and hydrogen from sulfur plants.

Sulfur degassing solution
Diego Scilla, Siirtec Nigi S.p.A, Italy, introduces an atmospheric liquid sulfur degassing solution that has been developed based on plant data.

Offshore amine unit optimisation
Robert B. Fedich and Amalia Pantazidis, ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC, USA, outline the benefits of a flexible initial process design for an amine unit on an offshore platform.

Compressor optimisation in the age of decarbonisation
Klaus Brun, Elliott Group, USA, explains why the decarbonised energy economy requires customised compressor solutions for three primary value stream gases: hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and natural gas.

Navigating green pathways
Craig Martin, Paul Modern and Juan Moreno, Cook Compression, explore two potential pathways to decarbonisation for energy companies.

Overlooked process conditions
Lea Clauson, DeZURIK Inc., USA, presents a number of valve selection considerations for a refinery.

Managing site downtime with a maintenance programme
Luke Perry, Rotork, UK explains how maintenance of flow control assets can not only prevent failure, but also improve overall plant efficiency.

Expectations from simulation: part one – realistic and reliable
In part one of a two-part article, Prashanth Chandran, Nathan Hatcher and Ralph Weiland, Optimized Gas Treating, Inc., USA, detail the two perspectives that should be considered when setting expectations from simulation.

Shielding assets
Ted Huck, MATCOR Inc., USA, explains why cathodic protection is a proven technology and a viable strategy for corrosion control and mitigation in hydrocarbon processing facilities.

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