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  • ERTC 2019 advisory board meeting report

    In March 2019, the WRA hosted the ERTC Advisory Board meeting at the Hotel Bristol, Warsaw. Chaired by Tracy Ellerington, Director Europe & Russia Operations at Solomon Associates our expert participants shared their thoughts on Europe’s downstream status and the challenges that lie ahead. Our comprehensive post-meeting report elaborates on the key points raised during the morning including: - How upcoming legislation will affect business strategy and downstream’s ...

  • Processing heavy Canadian crude

    Reducing crude oil cost is the major incentive driving crude and vacuum unit projects to handle heavy Canadian crudes. But such crudes–Albian Heavy, Christina Lake, MacKay River and others derived from oil sands–today present refiners with a unique set of problems not just because of extra-low API gravity, but also because of asphaltenes, vanadium and nickel, high solids content and extremely high viscosity vacuum residues. To process such crudes reliably over a 4-5 ...

  • DuraSOx™

    Highly attrition-resistant SOx reduction additive without performance compromise. DuraSOx SOx reduction additive is the culmination of intensive development work focusing on obtaining the most attrition-resistant Sox additive on the market without any performance compromises. It follows in the footsteps of Albemarle’s longest marketed SOx additive, KDSOx®, in that both take advantage of Albemarle’s patented hydrotalcite technology. SOx reduction additives are ...

  • FCC technical support, industry-leading service

    Grace technical service engineers regularly visit refineries to review unit operating data, evaluate catalyst management and unit performance, as well as provide specific recommendations to optimise unit operation. Grace can provide expert advice on operational problems concerned with the mechanical integrity of the FCCU. For example, issues such as cyclone performance, stripper efficiencies, circulation problems, transfer line problems, slurry circuit fouling, or high unit erosion ...

  • ERTC 2019 Newspaper

    Arkema achieved its 6000th sulphiding job in September 2019 -- Sabin  Metal Corp. announces capacity expansion project -- Renewables: four  options for greater market share and profitability -- Introducing FUSION  – the best of both worlds -- Implementing advanced technologies for  crude to chemicals projects -- Case study: How Shell is navigating the  energy transition -- The future is now -- Celebrating women in the  downstream industry -- ...

  • Sindie +Pb: Sulfur plus lead in petroleum products

    As aviation industry requirements become more stringent, lead detection is critical in such products as aviation gasoline and jet fuel. Sindie® +Pb delivers unprecedented precision and accuracy for sulfur and lead detection.

  • The UOP Callidus scepter pilot and scepter model P1 portable igniter

    Meeting the refining and petrochemical challenge. As a result of the efforts of UOP Callidus engineers and with input from our customers, the Scepter Pilot was developed. The new pilot system was designed at the world-class industrial scale, UOP Callidus Research and Test Facility, and only released after three years of extensive evaluation. The Scepter Pilot is available in two models to meet the demands of industry. UOP Callidus Scepter Pilot is available in two models, the ...

  • Multi-cassette designs provide a new option for mist elimination

    In many industrial processes, the entrainment of liquid in gas streams can lead to damage to compressors or filler materials such as molecular sieves or, at the very least, reduction of throughput. The formation and the size of liquid droplets in the gas stream are determined mainly by the process application. With the wide variation of entrainment and processes, various technologies continue to develop to best meet those needs. New Mist Elimination Technology The Sulzer MKS ...

  • SERVOTOUGH FlueGasExact 2700

    High performance combustion process analysis of oxygen and combustibles, designed for use in the most hazardous and challenging location. Armed with an integral sampling system custom-designed for operation in some of the hottest and most extreme combustion environments, the FluegasExact is the analyzer of choice for measuring oxygen and combustibles in the most demanding hydrocarbon processing and power generation applications.

  • ReFRESH™ your Catalyst

    Topsoe´s ReFRESH™ technology offers you the opportunity to use Haldor Topsoe catalysts twice for maximum economic benefit by reactivation of the catalytically active sites. Activity up to 95+ % of fresh catalyst is restored. The technology is commercially proven with more than 65 references and applicable for spent BRIM® and HyBRIM™ catalysts. The ReFRESH™ technology is a specialized method of metal redistribution – available only from Topsoe ...

  • DuraZOOM™ - industry-leading olefin and octane enhancement

    DuraZOOM additive is the latest in a long line of light olefins and octane enhancers manufactured by Albemarle. ZSM-5 additives were developed by Mobil Oil Corporation and first used in 1983 as octane enhancers necessitated by the phasing out of tetraethyl lead. Since then, their use has grown enormously worldwide. The initial applications required relatively low levels of ZSM-5 crystal. More recently, the use of ZSM-5 additives has shifted from octane enhancement to propylene ...

  • Liquid-liquid separation technology

    In industrial process equipments liquid-liquid mixtures are produced by essentially two different mechanisms. a) Mixing of the phases in either purpose built equipment, mechanical mixers, static mixers where pressure energy is applied to increase the surface free energy of the fluids to produce droplets, or in shear flow of the fluid mixture in pipes. b) The cooling of a saturated liquid below the solution point so that the solute phase condenses out of solution resulting in ...

  • Look what the cat dragged in

    In most US refineries, the fluid catalytic cracker (also known as The Cat) is the main unit for converting heavy oils into gasoline and diesel. It produces gasoline (also known as cat gasoline), which is the largest single component of the US gasoline pool. Cat gasoline contains up to 2500 ppm sulphur and must be desulphurised before blending into finished gasoline to meet the new Tier 3 gasoline specification of 10 ppm. This desulphurisation job is done in Cat gasoline desulphurisers. ...

  • High performance tray tower solutions

    Advanced distillation column design. Revamping distillation columns requires a solid process design background, particularly when conducting evaluations of existing equipment and data. GTC advises clients to understand where they are on the reflux to theoretical stage curve prior to setting the design strategy for a column. The lower the stage count, the higher the reflux rate required. However, the exact sensitivity will affect considerations in the revamp and design of your ...

  • PROvantage™

    Operate in higher propylene mode without changing your base catalyst. PROvantage olefin/octane enhancement additive provides refiners with the flexibility to operate in a high propylene mode without the activity dilution of the base catalyst inventory normally associated with high levels of traditional ZSM-5 additives. Why PROvantage works PROvantage contains several different types of active acid site components all in close proximity. The proper balance of these sites efficiently ...

  • At Sabin Metal we’ve turned science into art

    The art of recovering maximum value from your precious metal bearing materials. The science of recovering maximum value from your precious metal bearing materials begins with the most technically advanced analytical, research, and sampling equipment, systems, and procedures. The art of recovering maximum value is a different story; that’s based on seven decades of experience and success serving thousands of organizations around the world. At Sabin Metal we combine science ...

  • Recovery and refining precious metals

    Recovery and refining of precious metals from hydrocarbon, petroleum, chemical, and petrochemical processes. Sabin recovers PGMs and other precious metals from spent catalysts with soluble and insoluble alumina, silica-alumina, and zeolite. • PGMs (platinum, palladium, ruthenium, and rhodium), rhenium, gold, silver, and other precious metals • Pellets, beads, extrudates, and monolithic structures • Waste by-products associated with catalyst processes Sabin ...

  • Chemical process industry

    The chemical process industry has always been the driving force for Sulzer Chemtech’s innovations. In the early 1960’s, the stringent requirements for the purification of heat-sensitive fragrances led to the development of the Sulzer Packing BX, which set a new standard for vacuum distillation and led to the development of many other unique products. For classical column operations like distillation, absorption and extraction, and for alternatives such as crystallization, ...

  • VORSOMAX® Cyclonic Equipment

    Reduce new vessel size or increase capacity in high-pressure applications with our new VORSOMAX® cyclone mist eliminator and VORSOMAX® cyclonic inlet device. The advanced design DEMISTER-PLUS mist eliminator can achieve even greater increases in capacity over conventional mist elimination equipment. The well-proven DEMISTER-PLUS mist eliminator design features a feed inlet device and a one- or two-stage mist eliminator, combining the efficiency of the DEMISTER® mist ...

  • Persisto - unique materials specifically developed for reciprocating compressors

    A variety of high-quality plastic compounds is now available for use as sealing and rider rings in reciprocating compressors. But in many cases, these materials have not been developed specifically for use in a reciprocating compressor. For reasons of cost effectiveness, they are optimized for as wide a range of applications as possible, e.g. in the automobile and the chemicals industries. One well-known example is the so-called Bearing Grade PEEK which, despite its disadvantages, ...

  • KDSOx™

    Cost-effective SOx reduction solution for full-combustion FCC units. Reducing SOx emissions has become increasingly challenging in many parts of the world. Depending on the location, SOx emission limits are defined at the refinery level as bubble limits; at the individual emissions source; or, in some cases, by the concentrations in the atmosphere in the vicinity. In light of these challenges, many refineries have successfully used SOx additives for reducing overall sulfur ...

  • Axens catalysts and adsorbents

    Decades of scientific achievement in catalyst and adsorbent research, product development, engineering expertise, process licensing technologies, manufacturing capability, and industrial feedback form the basis of the most advanced and reliable catalysts and adsorbents available anywhere to serve the refining, petrochemical, chemicals, gas, alternative fuels and water industries.   Our products, which constitute the most complete portfolio on the market, are grouped according ...

  • Tracerco™ Level System

    Bulk level measurement. Developed to comply with the latest functional safety standards, the SIL2 certified TracercoTM level system delivers extremely reliable bulk level measurements, regardless of process conditions. Its external modular design, with no moving parts, provides measurement redundancy, as well as the ability to offer consistent, accurate level measurement. This offers operators process optimisation, leading to improved product quality and reduced process issues. Key ...

  • Tower field service, maintenance, revamps and installation

    Worldwide maintenance and installation services. Since 1971, Tower Field Service (TFS) has been a tower specialist performing tray and packing installation, tower maintenance, and plant turnaround projects. Years of successful tower and vessel experience assures our customers of a partner who is safe, cost effective and technically experienced. The challenge to complete multiple tower revamps and retrofits safely and on time is what Tower Field Service most prides itself in. ...

  • SUPERFRAC® XT High Performance Trays

    The SUPERFRAC® tray family has been proven through more than 25 years of application in the most demanding fractionation, absorption, and stripping applications. Through sustained investment in research and development, Koch‐Glitsch continues to improve the performance of the SUPERFRAC tray to meet the future requirements of its customers.   Koch‐Glitsch’s most recent development is the SUPERFRAC® XT tray, which applies our combined hydraulic, separation, ...

  • Burckhardt plate valve™

    The long running valve best in O2 applications. Why the plate valve? The Burckhardt Plate Valve™ is of proven design, which has been continually optimized over the years. Special care has been given to improve the robustness and longevity of the valve plate, damper plate and the springs under different operating conditions. A decisive advantage for the operator is the conversion from metallic to non-metallic plates and vice versa without additional machining on the valve. ...

  • Cycle life estimates for catalyst reload vary from 7 to 44 months

    It is very difficult to accurately predict the cycle life for a hydroprocessing unit. This is especially true with today’s highly variable feed slates. Despite this fact, catalyst suppliers are always asked to estimate cycle life when bidding for a catalyst reload, and they comply with the request even when it is nearly impossible to make a decent estimate with the available data.   In one recent case, four catalyst suppliers were asked to make reload proposals, ...

  • Amine headaches a pain

    MPR Services understands that amine engineers face a never ending group of challenges in ensuring their systems perform as designed. Since 1989, MPR Services has been working with amine engineers in addressing these challenges through our scientifically, developed technologies. In 1990, MPR’s patented HSSX® Process was introduced to remove heat stable salts from amines. Since then, MPR has developed new technologies, improved existing technologies and acquired additional ...

  • Anti-fouling trays maximize coker main fractionator profitability

    The Coker Main Fractionator is systematically subjected to harsh operating conditions that can lead to deteriorating efficiency and performance due to coking and fouling. Poor reliability results in loss of profitable coking margins for the refinery. The main fractionator vapor feed from the coke drum overhead is characterized by a tendency for further cracking, as well as the presence of fine coke particles carried from the drums. The hottest zones of the column (bottom quench, ...

  • ResidCrackeR™ 4G

    ResidCrackeR™ 4G is the latest generation of Grace’s coke selective bottoms cracking ResidCrackeR™ catalyst family for residue FCC feed applications. ResidCrackeR™ 4G is an extension of the ResidCrackeR™ catalyst family, a component of the EnhanceR™ technology platform, which is the market leader in the EMEA region. ResidCrackeR™ 4G incorporates new technologies that were developed during the extensive Grace R&D program that was ...

  • Trays for any application

    Sulzer Chemtech offers the largest tray portfolio on the market. Whatever the requirements, we have the right tray! Continuous innovations and improvements are: • First movable valve • First fixed valve • First customer tray design program • Use of push valves on commercial trays • Alliance with Shell Global Solutions to widen our tray Portfolio • Incorporation of fixed valves on multi downcomer Trays • Development of VGPlus • Highest capacity ...

  • Topsoe stream management

    Ensuring optimal utilization of all hydroprocessing units, hydrogen and catalyst. Refiners often face bottlenecks and challenges at their different units. Many times, these are solved within the refinery itself, and only considering a single or maybe a few units. With Topsoe Stream Management the feed and product pool is assessed applying Topsoes advanced proprietary models. That provides a performance optimization at a level unreachable by the refinery alone. Within the past ...

  • GO-ULTRA™ catalysts

    Get more from your gas oil feed streams. Facing today’s economic challenges, refiners worldwide are seeking to restore margins and increase profits by maximizing yields from their operations. For the gas oil market, Albemarle’s research and development team has created a breakthrough fluid cracking catalyst that offers impressive benefits and higher value than existing market offerings. Albemarle’s GO-ULTRA™ FCC catalyst Based on the company’s ...

  • Maximize reliability in grassroots crude units

    Crude unit operators are far too familiar with a long list of crude unit reliability problems including fouling in heat exchangers and fired heaters, poor desalting, corrosion of piping and equipment, and coking in the vacuum column wash zone. Many millions of dollars have been spent fighting these problems, yet they continue to force unplanned shutdowns with depressing regularity. Revamps must address reliability issues, but project scope is hindered by the limitations of existing ...

  • Structured grid packing

    Structured grid packings have traditionally been used for high severity services. Grids have a high open area, relatively low surface area, and a robust construction to withstand process upsets and to resist fouling. There are two main types of grids, categorized by structure - conventional grid and corrugated, high-efficiency grid. Developed first, conventional grids have a structure made from vertical members and angled flaps. The simple construct is fouling resistant, but has ...

  • Experience the Sabin difference for precious metal catalyst recovery and refining

    We turn science into art for highest possible returns and added value. The “science” of recovering and refining precious metal catalysts is straightforward: state of the art technology. The “art” of this process, however, is what makes Sabin different from all others: that’s the knowledge, experience, and expertise gained from seven decades of successfully serving thousands of organizations around the world. We’d be pleased to count you among ...

  • On budget, on time, offline

    Flawless project execution will not prevent a unit shutdown due to selecting the wrong metallurgy for a challenging crude slate. No matter how well it is fabricated and installed, a shell and tube exchanger with cold, high viscosity vacuum resid on the tube side will have poor heat transfer performance. On-time shipping and installation of a too-small desalter will not prevent crude column overhead corrosion if the centerline velocity is overly optimistic for the design crude. A ...

  • MINIVAP VP Vision - next generation vapor pressure testing

    MINIVAP VP Vision is a highly versatile portable vapor pressure tester that features best-in-class precision and a pressure range of 0-2000 kPa. It is the first analyzer that demonstrates excellence in engineering by earning certificates for robustness and durability. Based on Grabner´s cutting-edge Cockpit™ technology, the instrument offers unmatched networking capabilities and enables. Benefits • Engineered for excellence MINIVAP VP Vision measures gasoline, ...

  • Axens tech services

    Operating personnel are uncomfortable with changes affecting operations such as: process upsets, catalyst regeneration and replacement, changes in feedstock, modified product specifications, evolution of production goals and new operating staff. In coping with these changes, your resources - manpower, know-how and experience, are often strained. Axens’ Tech Service Agreements (TSAs) are attractive as they allow you to expand your qualified resources at regular intervals ...

  • PURASPEC CLEAR Chloride guards

    Chlorides in a refinery. Where does it come from? Chlorides are introduced into the refinery flowsheet in several ways. Some crude sources can bring both inorganic and organic chloride content. Desalter processes and chemical additives are used to remove chlorides and prevent corrosion and fouling caused by these chlorides. The other major source is from the Catalytic Reforming Unit (CRU). This unit upgrades straight run naphtha value for use in the gasoline pool or as petrochemical ...

  • How turbocompressors drive and safeguard downstream plant operations

    This webinar reaches out to end users in the hydrocarbon industry who face the challenge of achieving operational availability, equipment reliability, and efficiency in their plants. These factors are crucial for end users, with many complex and intricate processes operating in parallel. Compression technology drives and safeguards many of these processes. Presenter Ulrich Schmitz will put particular focus on different chemical/petrochemical and refinery, syngas, and LNG applications. ...

  • How to achieve operational excellence with safe and profitable operating windows

    Plant of the Future’ is making headway towards operational excellence using technologies that enable safe and efficient operations to improve your bottom line and reduce OPEX expenses. Operations Management provides the foundation needed to enable operations excellence. In this presentation, we’ll show you the tools we’ve designed to manage and control critical limits, shift handovers, and process deviations. You are going to learn: - How Honeywell Forge Operations Management ...

  • Learn how to build refinery models quickly and easily to support your LP model

    In this webinar we will present refinery modelling workflows, features and functionalities, which showcase Honeywell Forge Process Simulation’ refinery-wide flow sheeting capabilities. These capabilities span the beginning-to-end design, use, and exporting results of a refinery model.   First, attendees will see how easy is to create a model from scratch utilizing our Process Simulation 'drag & drop' refining reactor templates. Finally, we will showcase the product ...

  • Ensuring business continuity in industrial operations

    Join this webinar to discover the multiple areas in your organization where Honeywell Forge can help ensure the reliability, efficiency, and safety of your refining operations. We will explore cases from asset performance management and process optimization to remote worker performance and competency solutions.   The new normal is here to stay. Uncertainty is the new name of the game; however, resilience should also be a key player. How are you ensuring the reliability, ...

  • A layered approach to achieving plant-wide optimization goals

    Join this webinar to discover the multiple areas in your organization where Honeywell Forge can help ensure the reliability, efficiency, and safety of your refining operations. We will explore cases from asset performance management and process optimization to remote worker performance and competency solutions.   The new normal is here to stay. Uncertainty is the new name of the game; however, resilience should also be a key player. How are you ensuring the reliability, ...

  • Driving machine learning through fundamental machinery diagnostics

    Join Honeywell’s APM specialist, Ben Berwick, as he discusses how Honeywell leverages Asset Performance Management technology to recognize the earliest onset of rotating machinery issues. The rapid pace of predictive analytics, artificial intelligence and digital twins for industrial assets is proving revolutionary in how asset intensive organizations benefit from the actionable information provided by asset performance management (APM) software.  A key element in deriving ...

  • High-Performance Tail-Gas Treating

    Discover the benefits of applying the latest technology in modern, low-temperature Shell Claus offgas treating (SCOT™) units. See how next-generation, low-temperature SCOT catalysts can help extend cycle life, lower energy costs and ensure regulatory compliance, even with the most difficult feeds and conditions. In this webinar you will: • Learn why modern tail-gas treating units are being designed without an inline burner, and the impact this has on inlet temperatures ...

  • Digital Reliability: 24/7 Real-time Machinery Diagnostics

    Dynamics SPC discusses our turnkey solution we call COMPACS. COMPACS monitors the health of your equipment in real-time. We’ve spent close to three decades developing the system and technology. You will learn that what differentiates our solution from all others on the market is it employs a patented artificial intelligence allowing you to diagnose equipment defects several minutes, hours, even days prior to equipment failures.   We will provide examples of how COMPACS ...

  • Simplify crude assay importing in UniSim design by utilizing H/CAMS

    Haverly H/CAMS is the industry leading assay crude management software with over 2000 assays. Honeywell's UniSim Design software links to Haverly H/CAMS via a COM interface and allows you to import proprietary assays with just a few clicks. This functionality increases engineering effectiveness, eliminates the need for manual data entry, and makes it easier to model crude storage facilities and refining processes. Presenters: Jagdish Rachh - Honeywell David Alexander - Haverly Moderator: Ken ...

  • Intelligently predict and manage sour water corrosion in refinery applications

    One of the primary concerns in refinery operations, especially when processing sour crudes, is management and mitigation of NH4HS (Sour Water) corrosion in hydrocrackers, hydrotreaters, FCC and other unit circuits. Honeywell's Predict-SW software, a byproduct of more than 15 years of intense Joint Industry Project (JIP) research, provides an easy to use framework to quantify NH4HS corrosion as a function of key process parameters across the refinery value chain for commonly used ...

  • Understanding the financial impact of a collapsed flue gas tunnel in your SMR

    The overall influence of tunnels on the flue gas flow in a steam methane reformer has been modeled and documented, and the concept that running a reformer without tunnels can decrease overall efficiency is well understood in the industry. The study detailed in this webinar focuses on the effects of operating a reformer after removing just a single tunnel, leaving the rest in place. The resultant flue gas flow field is analyzed by looking at temperature profiles, residence time ...

  • Maximising naphtha through hydrocracking: Refinery of the future

    Globally the demand for petrochemicals is increasing at rates nearly 1.5 times GDP. In regions where there is a heavy investment in large-scale para-xylene capacity there is a significant demand for naphtha. However not all naphtha is suitable to produce aromatics. Heavy naphtha is required, but it is in limited supply. This is where the Honeywell UOP UnicrackingTM process becomes the key enabler to petrochemical production. By installing one, or a combination of Unicracking ...

  • Towards Your Low-Carbon Refinery

    This On-Demand webcast from Shell Catalysts & Technologies, discusses proven technologies for capturing CO2 from both low and high-pressure streams.  Are You…  • Under pressure to reduce your carbon footprint?  • Looking for ways to cost-effectively reduce your CO2 emissions?  • Unsure which carbon-reduction solutions will be most appropriate for your facility? Any serious ambitions to reduce a facility’s carbon intensity are likely to ...

  • Intelligently predict and prevent corrosion across your operations

    Learn how the fight against corrosion never stops - it is a fact of life every day across Oil & Gas, Refining and Pipeline operations, what-if you could have insight into real-time corrosion rates in your process? Honeywell Predict® Corrosion Suite provides the next generation of corrosion management solutions, intelligent software providing real time corrosion quantification. Unlike conventional corrosion management methods, unique prediction models are employed that ...

  • From hydrogen production to sulphur recovery - let ceramics pave the way

    Learn how to boost the reliability and performance of your hydrogen production and sulphur recovery plants through the deployment of Blasch’s proven ceramic systems. Benefits include: • Higher plant reliability and much longer run-lengths • 60 -90% faster installation times • Capacity increase • Annual energy savings of several hundred thousand dollars for SRUs • Lower emissions   Flue gas tunnels in Steam Methane Reformers warp and fail causing non ...

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