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January 2009

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World News
Contract awards, project updates, industry latest, news digest, diary dates, mergers and acquisitions

The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Gordon Cope, Hydrocarbon Engineering correspondent, reports on the North American natural gas sector

A Malaysian Mission
Lurgi, GmbH, an Air Liquide Group company, Germany, provides an engineering contractor's project case file

Uniquely African
Eric Roper, EGTL, Nigeria, describes a new GTL project

Building the Hydrogen Economy
Robert J. Farrauto, BASF Catalysts LLC, USA, looks at how to build the hydrogen infrastructure for the hydrogen economy

Convection Reformer Technology
Erik Broman and Jack Heseler Carstensen, Haldor Topsøe, Denmark, explain the benefits of medium sized hydrogen plants technology based on convection reforming

Ethylene Enhancement
Stephen J. Stanley, Lummus Technology, a CB&I company, USA, examines how changing ethylene plant process chemistry can bring an improved return on investment

Next Generation Training Simulator
Charles Cutler and Lisa Vasbinder, Cutler Technology, USA, introduce a rapid development FIR based training simulator

Plug and Play
David Jerome, Invensys Process Systems, USA, gives an overview of CAPE-OPEN software interfaces

Working in Harmony
David Joffrion, Intergraph, USA, describes how De Smet S.A. Engineers & Contractors, Belgium, helped to provide an alternative fuels solution

The Pressure Drop
S. Gavelin, Tranter International AB, Sweden, looks at pressure drop requirements for plate heat exchangers

All the Mods Cons: Part 2
Michael Schultes, Werner Grosshans, Steffen Müller and Michael Rink, Raschig GmbH, Germany, present a modern liquid distributor and redistributors design

High Pressure, High Standards
Takao Koga, KOBELCO EDTI COMPRESSORS, INC., USA, examines high pressure screw gas compressors

Pump and Valve Review
A review of suppliers of pump and valve technologies for the hydrocarbon processing industry

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