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November 2020

This issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering includes features on catalysts and catalyst testing, bottom of the barrel technology, columns and internals, water treatment, pumps, hydrogen production, and clean marine fuels. This month’s regional report, courtesy of Euro Petroleum Consultants, looks at the policies and initiatives being adopted in Europe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A journey down the stream
Ekaterina Kalinenko, Euro Petroleum Consultants, Russia, reflects upon the flexible policies and initiatives being adopted by the European downstream industry in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Tackling high nickel feedstock
Xiang YangDong, Yang YuanBin, and Zhang Ying, PetroChina, alongside Karen Qingling Huang, BASF, explain how FCC catalyst technology was used at a Chinese refinery to achieve better nickel passivation and consequently increase feed rate and improve product yield structure.

Improved chemistry, improved catalysts
Per Zeuthen and Sergio A. Robledo, Haldor Topsoe, review the development of a catalyst for ultra-low sulfur diesel production that can help to boost performance.

Testing times
Kai Dannenbauer, Ioan-Teodor Trotus, Robert Henkel, and Florian Huber, hte GmbH, Germany, examine the application of catalyst performance testing in refinery operations.

Finding a new path
Ale Vráblík and Radek Cern, Unipetrol Centre for Research and Education, Czech Republic, discuss simulating processing of distillates originating from plastic waste in the production of diesel fuel.

Taking up the challenge
Victor Scalco and Christian Vaccese, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, USA, rethink bottom of the barrel technology in a pandemic reality.

Rubbing out toxic RPOs
Jörg Koch and Celso Pajaro, Sulzer, introduce rubber process oils and present an environmentally-friendly option to replace common aromatic extender oils.

Time for a column check-up
Martin Rizo, Alessandro Ferrari, and Neil Sandford, Koch-Glitsch, and Panos D. Dimitriadis, Motor Oil (Hellas), Corinth Refineries S.A., describe the revamping of a naphtha splitter through the installation of new trays.

Using bugs to clean wastewater
Graig Rosenberger, Veolia Water Technologies North America, examines how refineries are using microorganisms to remove common contaminants from wastewater.

Getting biofouling under control
Niclas Kempen, Paulo Gomes, and Fiona Finlayson, Kurita Europe, introduce a biofilm control agent to help reduce biofouling and improve total cost of operation.

Automating asset integrity
William Vickers, Ionix Advanced Technologies, UK, examines recent advances in the automation of thickness monitoring processes.

A better rotation policy
Dr Tong Zou, T.A. Cook Consultants, USA, makes the case for adopting an optimised pump rotation schedule for a standby pump system.

OLD air regulations written anew
Rob Ferry, Lindsay Giovannetti, and Inaas Darrat, Trinity Consultants, USA, explore the implications of recent air regulation revisions for the organic liquids distribution industry.

The future of hydrogen production
Omar Bedani, Valentina Depetri, and Fabio Ruggeri, Wood, consider the important role that hydrogen will play in a low-carbon future, and outline possible options for its renewable production.

The road to a clean and green future
Kaj Portin and Mikael Wideskog, Wärtsilä, Finland, assess the strengths and weaknesses of various carbon-free marine fuels.

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