Skip to main content

June 2024

This issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering begins with a regional report discussing the state of oil and gas markets in South and Central America. Features in this issue include catalysts, digital innovation and heat technology. This issue also features a Q&A with Dr. Matthias Schwab, Director of New Business Development & Sustainability, BASF Process Catalysts.

This month's front cover is brought to you by Baker Hughes.


Register for free »
Get started now for absolutely FREE, no credit card required.


Contents

Comment

World news

Flourish or languish
Gordon Cope, Contributing Editor, discusses the state of oil and gas markets in South and Central America and considers how countries can realise their energy potential amongst political storms.

Navigating low product demand: part one
In the first part of a two-part article, Scott Baker, Ram Paul Bajaj and Ross Storey, Shell Catalysts & Technologies, alongside Marc Donnelly, Eickmeyer & Associates, consider the operational challenges facing ethylene oxide operators as a result of low turndown, and the short-term solutions that are available.

An essential step
Jaap Bergwerff, Ketjen, explains why the hydroprocessing of waste plastic oils is an essential technology in the chemical recycling of waste plastics.

Cracking the case of hydrocarbon catalysis
Taco van der Maten, Malvern Panalytical, the Netherlands, discusses the use of X-ray diffraction (XRD) as a valuable tool for catalyst characterisation.

Maximising precious metal catalysts
Bradford Cook, Sabin Metal Corp., USA, outlines best practice control points for refiners looking to maximise the value and lifecycle of precious metals catalysts.

Growing value through collaboration
Virginie Bellière-Baca, Sulzer Chemtech, discusses customer partnership, innovation, and the endless evolution of technology in the downstream industry.

Conquering challenging applications
Rebecca O’Donnell and Raghavendran Mahalingam, Baker Hughes, explain why the hot high pressure separator let down valve solution is one of the toughest applications in the hydroprocessing process.

Seawater solutions
Desalinated seawater can serve as a reliable alternative to freshwater for industrial plants, but challenges abound. Gregory Gedney and Dave Noblin, Greene Tweed, USA, explain.

Advanced thermal reactor inspection
Martin McCallister, Delta Controls Corp., USA, explains how a process inspection camera designed for continuous online inspection of SRU thermal reactors can help operators monitor the performance of units.

Smooth operations
Christian Chanel, Integrated Global Services (IGS), USA, presents a guide to optimising convection section performance in ethylene furnaces.

Fuelling the future
E. M. Ishiyama, D. Oakley, J. Kennedy, S. J. Pugh, and H. U. Zettler, Heat Transfer Research Inc. (HTRI), discuss the advantages that digital innovations can offer in tackling challenges faced by contemporary refineries during the energy transition.

Paving the way for greener systems
Chelsea Hogard, Watlow, USA, considers the importance of data insights in mitigating the risks associated with process heating and aiding the transition to more efficient systems.

Intelligent plants
C. Brighenti, A. Brighenti and M. Ricatto, S.A.T.E., Italy, explain the journey to increased autonomy for hydrocarbon processing plants.

Q&A with...
Hydrocarbon Engineering talks to Dr. Matthias Schwab, Director of New Business Development & Sustainability, BASF Process Catalysts.


Register for free »
Get started now for absolutely FREE, no credit card required.