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March 2017

The March 2017 issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering covers a range of topics, including catalyst technology, corrosion control, processing opportunity crudes and safety. This issue also features a Q&A with a number of downstream heat technology experts, and Contributing Editor, Nancy Yamaguchi, looks as the latest developments in the US downstream market.

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US refinery crude supply
As the global oil market moves into closer balance between supply and demand, Contributing Editor, Nancy Yamaguchi, examines the possible implications for the US downstream sector.

Looking to a prosperous future
Süleyman Özmen, Shell Global Solutions US Inc., USA, outlines the importance of continuous improvement in refinery operations as a route to sustained profitability.

Preparing for the IIoT evolution
Bart Winters and Francois Leclerc, Honeywell Process Solutions, present a real-world approach to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for process reliability.

Stable stacking
James Esteban and Wes Whitecotton, Criterion Catalysts & Technologies, USA, discuss how stacked catalyst systems can improve catalyst system stability and cycle longevity.

Is the catalyst enough?
Ken Chlapik, Scott Vidrine and Sravan Pappu, Johnson Matthey Process Technologies, USA, and Paul Diddams, Johnson Matthey Process Technologies, Europe, evaluate catalytic technologies and monitoring techniques that enable reliable yet flexible refining operations between major turnarounds.

Making a breakthrough
Ray Fletcher, InovaCat B.V., the Netherlands, presents a new technology capable of converting low valued naphthas into maximum propylene and BTX.

A versatile alkylation route
Mitrajit Mukherjee, Grace Brock, Vamsi Vadhri and Tom Hickey, Exelus Inc., USA, present a new process that converts butanes and methanol to alkylate, resulting in minimal aromatics, olefins and sulfur content.

Controlling naphthenic acid corrosion
Sam Lordo, Dr. Kailash Sawhney, Dr. Satheesh Kumar Sambandam and M. Rajganesh, Nalco Champion; An Ecolab Company, USA, provide an overview of the use of phosphate ester inhibitors for controlling high temperature naphthenic acid corrosion.

Joined-up thinking
Damage as a result of hidden corrosion is a major issue for the oil and gas industry. Archie Crawford, Bilfinger Salamis, UK, looks at recent advances to tackle the issue on offshore assets and asks whether there is something to learn for those who maintain downstream facilities.

Measure it, manage it
Bruce Pellegrino, Sensor Networks, Inc., USA and Mike Nugent, E2G, USA, examine a new technology for online corrosion monitoring and control when processing opportunity crudes.

A flexible diet
Ralph Navarrete and George Duggan, Baker Hughes Inc., USA, explain how desalter pH management can help to increase crude diet flexibility.

The cure to separation anxiety
Victor Scalco, General Atomics, USA, explains how fines control in the catalytic process can help to increase profits from the 'bottom of the barrel'.

Lessons learned
Jimell Erwin, Ph.D., Southwest Research Institute, USA, outlines how pilot-scale testing can help to assess the rewards and challenges of bioderived feedstocks.

Important innovations
Duncan Baillie, LUX Assure Ltd, UK, explains how innovative technologies are redefining chemical testing in the oil and gas industry.

A process revolution
Eugen Schibli, Mettler Toledo, Switzerland, explains how intelligent weighing sensors with predictive maintenance can help the downstream processing industry to stay ahead of issues and avoid disruptions.

Verifying viscosity
Luc K. Bellière and Philippe Burg, Sofraser, France, evaluate a new kinematic viscosity analyser working at reference temperature.

Safe and sound
Ton Beems, Yokogawa Europe, the Netherlands, explains how compliance with IEC-61508 and IEC-61511 standards can be ensured through the operational phase of the safety lifecycle.

Sharing is caring
Allan Ralston, Safehouse, UK, examines how sharing innovation can help to drive improved health and safety standards and performance in the oil and gas industry.

The fatal four
Blast rated modules are often the last line of defense for those working in blast zones. Gert Lessing, Hallwood Modular Buildings, USA, outlines important safety considerations when selecting a module.

A helping hand
Hasan Alaradi, RRC Middle East, Bahrain, reviews a turnaround carried out at ORPIC's Sohar refinery in Oman, focusing on the health and safety requirements of the project.

Relieve the pressure
Stefan Rüsenberg, Rembe GmbH Safety + Control, Germany, discusses failure analysis of high pressure rupture discs and presents effective counter measures.

Use it or lose it
James Au and David Ng, Chemical Engineering Partners, USA, examine various re-refining and recycling processes that can be undertaken to reduce contaminants and preserve the value and usability of used oil.

Laser spectacular
Colin Pittman, Advanced 3D Laser Solutions Ltd, UK, examines the use of laser scanning technology in the downstream storage industry, and how it aids in high accuracy tank calibration.

Bringing the heat
Erika Ahvenainen, Intergraph® PP&M, the Netherlands, and Jana Miller, Intergraph CADWorx® & Analysis Solutions, USA, outline how to improve heat exchanger and pressure vessel design and analysis.

Heat technology Q&A
Hydrocarbon Engineering questions a number of downstream heat technology experts about R&D, testing and design, efficiency improvements and the overall market outlook.

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