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July 2018

Some of the topics covered in this issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering include petrochemicals, catalyst technology, water treatment and digitalisation. This issue also includes our annual Pumps, Valves and Seals Review, as well as a regional report looking at the latest developments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Diverse and developing
Nancy D. Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, explores Sub-Saharan African oil and natural gas resources and downstream operations.

A novel approach
Youdong Tong, Feng Su and Peter Sun, Nalco Champion, an Ecolab Company, along with Guang Tian, Gui-Hong Huang, and Dong-Feng Su, China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), present an approach to acrylic acid fouling control.

A different mindset
With uncertainty in the global transportation fuels market, Ujjal Mukherjee, Chevron Lummus Global, USA, outlines key considerations for crude to chemicals operations.

Unified catalyst development
Steven Zink, Honeywell UOP, USA, explores a unified approach to hydrotreating catalyst development.

What to do with too much naphtha?
Bart de Graaf, Ray Fletcher, Herman van den Bold, and Niels van Buuren, Inovacat B.V., the Netherlands, explain how new naphtha conversion technologies can help address increasing demand for propylene.

Delivering value
Ch. Chau, Y. Jeong, R. Hu, and M. Federspiel, W.R. Grace & Co., USA, discuss how to boost resid-to-propylene with premium FCC catalytic solutions.

Metals management
Carl Keeley, Vasilis Komvokis, Fernando Sánchez Arandilla and Modesto Miranda, BASF, Europe, introduce a new catalyst for heavy resid feedstock applications.

Taking steps to reduce FCC NOX emissions
Miray Genç, Aytaç Gül, Eda Bayraktar Dalgiç, and Seyma Avcilar, Tüpras, along with Tom Ventham, Johnson Matthey, map out the path that the Tüpras Izmit Refinery took when exploring the subject of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) NOX reduction.

Avoiding the invisible pitfalls
Bradford M. Cook, Sabin Metal Corp., USA, explains how effective precious metal management can help to maximise returns for refiners.

Improving reliability
Mike Minnerly and Taylor Birckbichler, Elliott Group, USA, discuss how a rerate of a refiner’s poorly performing hot gas expander resolved its reliability issues.

A welcome boost
Ipek Öztürk, Kurita Europe GmbH, explains how chemical treatment programmes can help boost the efficiency of wastewater treatment.

Targeted delivery
Concetta Sapio, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions, Italy, recalls how microbiological growth and sulfate-reducing bacteria levels were controlled at a refinery in Italy.

Controlling water-steam cycles
Jens-Uwe Schröter, LAR Process Analysers AG, Germany, discusses how online total organic carbon analysis can help optimise and control water-steam cycles in the downstream oil and gas industry.

Chilled out
A. M. Derevyagin, G. A. Derevyagin, S. V. Selesnev and P. C. Lyon, Vympel, introduce the next generation of chilled-mirror hygrometers.

A measure of success
Eric Benson, HollyFrontier, Steve Cox, Fluid Components International (FCI), and Scott Anderson, LaTech Equipment, USA, review a case where flow meters helped a refinery to measure flare gas for safety and environmental compliance.

Proactive protection
Dr Alexander Horch, HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH, Germany, explains why safety and security in refining and processing needs rethinking.

An inside out defence
Sam Galpin, Bedrock Automation, USA, explains how the use of public key infrastructure can enhance plant security.

Pumps, Valves & Seals Review
Hydrocarbon Engineering presents an overview of some of the recent developments and technologies in pumps, valves and seals for the downstream oil and gas industry.

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