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  • Three cost effective ways to strengthen trays against uplift

    Several common operating conditions cause tray damage, including high liquid levels, free water flashing at the bottom of the column, and excessive pressure drop. The result can be an expensive shutdown causing lost production and profit. Increasing tray thickness can be a first approach for strengthening the tray, but this can increase the material cost of the trays by 50% or more. Sulzer commonly uses three simple cost effective alternatives to increase tray strength in new ...

  • Be smart about FCC olefin recovery

    Whether the driver is propylene as a chemicals feedstock or propylene and butylene as alky feed, FCC units worldwide are being pushed to maximize olefin production. Increased hydrotreating to meet Tier 3 gasoline requirements is reducing gasoline pool octane at a time of high premium-to-regular gasoline price differentials. Maximizing FCC olefi ns to produce high octane alkylate barrels is attractive – if they can be recovered in the FCC gas plant LPG stream. Higher reactor ...

  • BCMT™-500 and BCMT-500-LRT

    Too often profitability is lost because refiners lack adequate accessibility and bottoms cracking power in their catalyst. Albemarle has developed BCMT-500 additive, which features high accessibility and provides powerful functional bottoms conversion sites. BCMT‑500 delivers many pre-cracking sites and high metals tolerance while making up only a small fraction of the circulating catalyst inventory. BCMT-500-LRT provides refiners with the same accessibility, metals tolerance ...

  • Triple eccentric butterfly valve

    Metal seated Butterfly Valve with triple eccentric offset Proven system for superior applications: Oxygen, gases, exhaust gases, fluids as well as abrasive and corrosive media.

  • Measurement instruments and servicing

    Our Measurement Instruments business designs and manufactures a range of bespoke, low maintenance, high reliability instruments providing operators with real time measurements and in-situ visualisation. Our experienced team technically supports an extensive range of nucleonic measurement instruments for phase, density, bulk level and interface measurement and pipe slugging characterisation. All of our nucleonic instruments are custom designed to the needs of the specific application, ...

  • Polymer production technology

    Sulzer Chemtech is the world‘s most renowned supplier of equipment and related solutions in the field of static mixing. The combination of engineering expertise and many years of application know-how enables Sulzer Chemtech to provide global solutions for improved polymer product quality. All Sulzer Chemtech products and services rely on a successful integration of three main competencies: • Static mixing know-how • Piloting & scale up • Process & ...

  • Structured packings for distillation, absorption and reactive distillation

    This brochure was reviewed and supplemented recently. It therefore provides a complete, up‑to‑date overview of packings available from Sulzer Chemtech. Also included is a summary covering the essential column internals and our technical services. More detailed product information, you will find in the following brochures: - Internals for Packed Columns The brochure contains a comprehensive summary of the selection of internals supplied by Sulzer Chemtech, and a description ...

  • New design features enhance separation performance

    The Shell Schoepentoeter™ is a vane-type inlet device for feeding high momentum gas-liquid mixtures into separators or distillation columns. The Schoepentoeter has two main functions: separating the liquid from the vapor and evenly distributing the vapor in the gas compartment of the vessel. While Schoepentoeters have been recognized as the primary choice of radial inlet device in many separator vessels, performance in distillation columns has been challenged by proponents ...

  • DURANIT® Maximum compression strength for maximum operational safety

    When using catalyst supports, a high degree of operational safety through stability and homogeneity of the support material is an important factor for the customer. The specially developed manufacturing process from VFF means that the compression strength of the Duranit® X500 inert balls is significantly higher than that of comparable products. The mean compression strength of the 1“ balls is well above 1000 kg, guaranteeing VFF customers an unsurpassed level of operational ...

  • On-line heater and boiler chemical cleaning technology

    GTC’s fired heater cleaning solves common process feed heater problems. With rising pressure to reduce energy costs, GTC’s advanced fired heater/boiler chemical cleaning technology is an effective way to improve heater efficiency without shutting down plant operations. Our technology is designed to quickly remove deposits such as slag and other fouling materials that build up over time on tube fire side surfaces. Fouling in the convection section caused by condensed ...

  • Shut-off valves

    Valves especially designed for the use in Claus-units / processes. Upon request: Special design for desulphurization of natural gas / gas conditioning. The proven design has been delivered to more than 150 reference plants worldwide. Numerous valves installed more than 30 years ago are still in operation. Applications: - Petrochemical plants - Desulphurization of natural gas and Gas conditioning Sizes:                   ...

  • 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 ...

  • Platts World Refinery Database

    Putting the global refining industry into perspective. The World Refinery Database provides an in-depth, historical and forward looking view of the global refining industry to help you understand evolving market dynamics and gain a competitive edge. Focus on the data you need Analyze specific refineries, or get a regional, national or global perspective with up-to-date and historic information for every refinery in the world. Quickly retrieve, download and integrate data into ...

  • Quantifying FCC gasoline sulfur reduction

    Refiners everywhere have to comply with government-mandated fuel specifications, in particular dramatically lower gasoline sulfur levels. While post-treating remains an option, the associated octane loss creates additional constraints for refiners, particularly those who are hydrogen limited. Regardless of whether your refinery is post-treatment or hydrogen constrained, a gasoline sulfur reduction additive such as Albemarle’s RESOLVE line can reduce reliance on post-treating ...

  • About Axens

    Axens is a group providing a complete range of solutions for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels, the production and purification of major petrochemical intermediates as well as all of natural gas' treatment and conversion options. The offer includes technologies, equipment, furnaces, modular units, catalysts, adsorbents and related services. Axens is ideally positioned to cover the entire value chain, from feasibility study to unit start-up and follow-up throughout ...

  • Hydrogen fuel conversion in fired equipment

    Organizations are facing unprecedented challenges in achieving their strategic climate goals. Now is the time to evaluate options for hydrogen refuelling, efficiency improvements, and novel methods of CO2 reduction in fired heaters and boilers. You can reduce carbon footprints by refuelling fired equipment with hydrogen or ammonia. When planning a refuelling effort there is much more to consider than just the Wobbe Index and combustion performance. The system will experience ...

  • Your valve specialist - safe and economic

    OHL Gutermuth has made a name for itself throughout the world in special valves and offers customized solutions for shutting off, throttling and regulating media under extreme conditions. The particular strength of the company lies in its decades of experience with a wide variety of use-specific requirements in valve technology, which comes from a knowledge of engineering processes and competence in proven and innovative technology concepts. OHL Gutermuth occupies a leading position ...

  • HYDROSAFE® Heat Exchanger

    HYDROSAFE®, Watlow’s new indirect electric heat exchanger for dry gas seal applications, has been designed as a standardized thermal solution that minimizes custom engineering requirements because it can be adapted to a variety of conditions. The HYDROSAFE provides very flexible heating capabilities (12 to 31.2 kW) to compensate for changes in gas flow rates, or changes in gas composition, when interconnected to our purpose engineered WATCONNECT® control panel. Multiple ...

  • SERVOTOUGH OxyExact 2200

    High specification process oxygen analyzer, designed for ultimate monitoring performance. The OxyExact safe area oxygen analyzer combines high precision Paramagnetic O2 sensing technology into a flexible and robust safety-enhanced design, optimized to meet the needs of demanding process monitoring applications like feedstock purity testing and clean up, hydrogen and chlorine production, solvent recovery and sewage and sludge driers.

  • ERTC 2020 Brochure

    16-19 November, Madrid, Spain. The single largest gathering of refining and petrochemical leadership in Europe. Our brochure is the perfect document to take to your decision makers and explain why you should be attending the biggest downstream event in Europe. In the brochure we have included: * Top Speakers * Themes covered in 2020 * The latest agenda * A summary of our sessions including the new In-Focus Workshop Day

  • FCC stripper - distribution studies

    A Tracerco Diagnostics™ Distribution study can be performed to identify catalyst and vapor distribution in the stripper. Uniform distribution of catalyst and steam in the stripper is critical to achieve high stripping efficiency (less carry-down of the hydrocarbon products from reactor to regenerator). A failure to effectively remove the hydrocarbon from the catalyst will result in a loss of product, loss of throughput, and lowered catalyst activity due to increased regenerator ...

  • CORAL™ FCC catalysts

    Improving residue FCC unit performance through enhanced catalyst accessibility. Mass transfer limitations. Many FCC units experience losses in conversion and bottoms selectivity as a result of mass-transfer limitations. These are due to the problems that high-molecular-weight, sterically hindered feed molecules experience when diffusing into catalyst particles. Albemarle offers the breakthrough catalyst CORAL to overcome this problem, especially in residue FCC units. Root causes Catalyst-particle ...

  • A time for grass roots thinking ?

    Within the past year or two spiking crude prices and surging refinery margins have led to overheated talk about increasing refinery capacity worldwide. Plans for construction of as many 60 grass roots refineries have been discussed. But stretched out lead times for major equipment and inflated prices, as well as declining margins and a final realization that there is not enough crude to meet demand, have brought sober thinking to the table. Recent societal changes in India and ...

  • Oil sands crude – profits and problems?

    Canadian bitumen production currently runs about 1 MMbpd, with some being sold as Synbit and Dilbit. Over the next 10-12 years output is expected to increase to 3.5 MMbpd and more refiners will begin investing to process it and come to depend on the Synbit and Dilbit for a significant part of their supply. Few today, however, have ever processed these feeds at high blend ratios, and are unaware that conventional process and equipment designs are not up to the job. Canadian oil ...

  • A flexible solution for mobile water treatment

    Our ambition is to be the customers’ choice for the provision of mobile water services, by rental agreements, ensuring treated water is always available. ‘Plug and play’ water treatment services delivered to your site, whenever you need them. Globally, Mobile Water Services offers reliable, secure, 24/7 services to suit all requirements. Why go mobile? Mobile water systems offer a cost-effective alternative to fixed plants across many industrial environments. We offer ...

  • Caustic services

    For 65 years, Merichem has provided environmentally responsible handling of spent caustics and other secondary materials that result from refining, natural gas and petrochemical processing. Merichem Caustic Management Services safely transports your secondary materials to Merichem manufacturing facilities – as feedstocks for chemical manufacturing or as process chemicals to other end-users. We handle spent streams as non-waste activity, reducing your reportable wastes. Why ...

  • Are you ready for MARPOL?

    As the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has decided to implement the MARPOL Annex VI, all ships must globally reduce their emissions of sulfur by 86% before 2020. This fact is bound to have a huge impact on the shipping as well as the refinery industry. But exactly what will happen? What options are there? What are the opportunities? Who will seize them? And how?   The MARPOL directive presents great opportunities for refineries. Whether you want to produce MARPOL ...

  • SERVOTOUGH H2scan

    Explosion-proof in-line hydrogen process analyzer, using a solid-state, non-consumable sensor configured to operate in process gas streams. The H2Scan hydrogen process analyzer features thin film technology that provides a direct hydrogen measurement that is not cross-sensitive to other gases. The H2Scan is ideal for applications where real-time, hydrogen specific measurements can enhance process efficiencies, diagnostics and maintenance management. ·  &nbs ...

  • LO-CAT - the green solution to sulfur recovery

    The LO-CAT process, available exclusively from Merichem, is a patented liquid redox system that uses a proprietary chelated iron solution to convert H2S to innocuous, elemental sulfur. It does not use any toxic chemicals and does not produce any hazardous waste byproducts. The environmentally safe catalyst is continuously regenerated in the process. The LO-CAT technology is applicable to all types of gas streams including air, natural gas, CO2, amine acid gas,biogas, landll ...

  • SERVOFLEX Micro i.s. 5100

    Intrinsically safe analyzer measuring O2, CO or CO2. High performance oxygen designed for the measurement of toxic and flammable gas samples, the intrinsically safe Micro i.s 5100 is a unique analyzer certified to Zone 0 and Zone 1, and suitable for measuring percent levels of O2, CO or CO2.   Applications include hazard area combustion optimisation, refineries, process monitoring and inerting.

  • Exchanger leak testing - chemical tracers

    Tracerco has been at the forefront of the development of online leak detection for the last 40 years. The method allows the detection of leaks as small as 0.5%. However, customer demands to measure smaller leaks affecting product quality, has prompted extensive research to develop alternative online methods. Through the development of specialist chemical tracers leaks as small as 0.0001% are readily identified. Project Field Test In the following case study, Exchangers A and ...

  • Refinery applications with advanced mass transfer technology

    Sulzer Chemtech is the process engineering and equipment manufacturing division of the international Sulzer Corporation, with its headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland. Areas of expertise include equipment and application know-how in separation and mixing technology. Products include trays, structured packing, and random packing for separation columns; internals for separators; fractional crystallization systems; and equipment for mixing and reaction processes. Leading in ...

  • Platts Energy Transition Service

    A renewed focus to solve your business challenges. Environmental, Social and Governance initiatives span many of the markets served by S&P Global. Platts is focused on the E in ESG, and how the energy transition is impacting all the commodity markets we cover. The Energy Transition refers to the shift towards the sustainable production and consumption of commodities to lower carbon pathways. This encompasses renewable power, hydrogen and biofuels, and abatement techniques ...

  • UPGRADER™ T and AMBER™ T - meeting the tight oil challenge

    North America’s oil production has been reenergized with the advent of sophisticated technologies to recover tight oil economically. Tight oil, defined as liquid hydrocarbons obtained by hydraulically fracturing shale formations, is flowing at ever increasing rates from fields such as Bakken, North Dakota; Eagle Ford, South Texas; and Niobrara, Colorado. Tight oil production is currently at least 7% of the USA’s crude consumption: a figure that is growing rapidly. The ...

  • ACTION® FCC catalysts

    Raising the octane value of FCC gasoline with minimal loss of volume. Taking advantage of new zeolite technology. The chances are that raising the octane level of the gasoline produced in your FCC unit is high on your agenda. Octane has become a key issue for many refiners with the advent of more-efficient car engines; the almost worldwide ban on the use of lead as a gasoline additive; and continuing pressure on octane blending components. The problem is compounded by the drive ...

  • Meet emission challenges with reliable Claus tail gas unit performance

    Meet emission directives while improving your sulfur management. In today’s oil and gas industry, maximizing sulfur recovery from off-gases is extremely important. Regulations get tighter, forcing operators to constantly optimize the efficiency of their sulfur management units. Adding a tail gas treating plant to your Claus unit will enable you to meet the most stringent emission targets for final sulfur removal from the off-gases. The effluent from a Claus plant is the ...

  • FIBER FILM - Non-dispersive hydrocarbon treating

    Introduced in 1974, the FIBER FILM® Contactor is the foundation for a variety of caustic, amine and acid treating processes. Merichem processes using FIBER FILM Contactors have been licensed worldwide and successfully applied to treating problems throughout the hydrocarbon processing industries. One of the most common applications of FIBER FILM Contactor technology is in caustic treatment, an essential part of hydrocarbon processing for impurity removal. Merichem’s FIBER ...

  • 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 ...

  • Designing deepcut vacuum units that really work

    Every barrel of vacuum gas oil (VGO) you can save from being reduced to coke in the delayed coker unit is a barrel more that can go to the FCCU. That’s a good reason to raise HVGO cutpoint. But how to do it? Some people think the job can be done just by running computer models in the engineering office, relying on vendors and their data sheets for a clue to true equipment performance. Experience, however, shows it just ain't so. For either a grass roots project or a revamp, ...

  • Redura® oil sealing systems

    As compressor OEM (Original equipment manufacturer) with more than 170 years of experience, Burckhardt Compression has been setting standards for oil wiper packings for decades. Especially our know-how regarding the outstanding performance of oil sealing systems in our extremely reliable Laby® oxygen compressors, where any oil leakage into the compression chambers must be avoided under all circumstances, speaks for itself. Patented designs developed in-house and exhaustive ...

  • Unleash the potential of your Naphtha Steam Cracker

    The global ethylene market grows at 3.0-3.5% annually, which amounts to 6-7 MM MTA increase in demand every year.  Greater than 95% of ethylene is produced using steam cracking. The two of the main feedstocks for steam crackers are naphtha and ethane with each supplying >45% of all ethylene production. Ethane cracking tends to have lower Cash Cost of Production, supply is regional and insufficient to meet the global ethylene demand.  Naphtha cracking has several disadvantages: ...

  • CDU desalter processing with interface control

    In this webinar, you will find out how Tracerco’s advanced multi-phase nucleonic instrumentation can analyse desalter performance and improve crude blending capacity. Discover opportunities to: • Improve environmental impact, compliance and energy usage • Reduce unplanned trips and downtime • Optimise chemical dosing (demulsifiers/neutralisers) • Reduce overhead corrosion, as well as catalyst deactivation in FCC • Improve process control enabling data driven ...

  • An introduction to Sinopec Hydrocracking Technologies

    This webinar gives you an overview and understanding of hydrocracking and its applications, with an emphasis on technologies and catalysts developed by Sinopec and its research arm, Sinopec Fushun Research Institute of Petroleum and Petrochemicals (Sinopec FRIPP). You will first get an introduction to hydrocracking including feed processing and target output products. Commercial considerations include market share and reference installations such as 40 hydrocracking units designed ...

  • How turbomachinery can support decarbonization

    With the hydrocarbon processing industry’s efforts to decarbonize, hydrogen and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) have further moved into focus as viable alternatives for transforming existing energy markets. Both hydrogen and CO2 provide ample opportunities to be used in hydrocarbon processes either in molecular form or as feedstock. At the same time, the unique physical properties of both hydrogen and CO2 can make them a challenge for process equipment such as ...

  • Technologies to enhance Ethylene production

    In this presentation, three technologies will be introduced. This first is swirling element radiant tube (SERTTM) technology for steam cracking furnaces. In this technology, you will find how heat transfer theory is applied to overcoming the challenges of cracking pyrolysis to meet targets. Successful commercial cases will demonstrate the technical advantages of SERTTM technology. Cracking furnaces with SERTTM technology have longer operating days, lower tube wall temperature ...

  • Steam Cracker recycle processing and product upgrade options

    LPG and light naphtha generated in a refinery complex (from both straight-run and conversion units) are sent to the ethylene cracker as feedstock. There is more i-paraffin than n-paraffin in LPG and light naphtha generated from a hydrocracker and reformer, in particular, i-butane and i-pentane. When cracking i-paraffin and n-paraffin separately in an ethylene cracker, the yield of ethylene and propylene is different; n-paraffin can generate 20wt% of “ethylene + propylene + butadiene” ...

  • Advances in benzene derivatives production

    Xylene and ethylbenzene are important benzene derivatives. In this presentation, you will learn about recent advances in the production process and catalysts of xylene and ethylbenzene. Xylene production is one of the most important aromatic producing processes. You will learn the details of process technology introduction and catalyst features of aromatics transalkylation developed by Sinopec, as well as the process strategies of raw material expansion, Inferior feed tolerance, ...

  • Deep catalytic cracking technology for maximizing the production of chemicals

    Optimization of light olefins (including ethylene, propylene and butene) production has become one of the most competitive options for refiners in the transition. Compared with conventional FCC, FCC technologies which optimized propylene production are helping refiners to restructure their product configuration, from fuel to petrochemical production. You will learn some successful commercial cases, which are aimed to help refiners to select the most suitable and competitive ...

  • Decarbonization with hydrogen solutions

    Demand for hydrogen is expected to increase up to ten-fold by 2050 when multiple industry reports predict 8-24% of the world’s final energy demand will be supplied by hydrogen. Hydrogen has a unique ability to address ‘hard-to-decarbonize’ sectors including refining, chemicals, steel, heating, long-haul transport, and long-term power storage – all of which currently produce significant CO2 emissions. To achieve this, hydrogen must be produced with significantly lower carbon ...

  • Enabling circularity via plastics chemical recycling

    Chemical recycling of plastics is an emerging route to supplement mechanical recycling since polymers can be converted into monomer form.  As opposed to mechanical recycling, wherein the polymer properties degrade with each cycle, the monomers can be re-polymerized without any polymer property degradation. Petrochemical and refining operations of the future will include more plastics oil, obtained from chemical recycling, in the feedstock mix to establish circularity in the ...

  • Best Practice: Screening and QC testing of petroleum products and fuels

    Screening and quality control of petroleum products and fuels can be a tedious and expensive process when performed utilizing traditional methods. Near-Infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) as described in ASTM Guidelines E1655, D8340, and D6122 is a much faster method providing results in just 30 seconds without any solvents and reagents needed. In fact, NIRS has  become the preferred method of numerous producers to quickly quantify key parameters in petrofuels and petrochemicals ...

  • How to maintain production without your water treatment plant

    This webinar reaches out to downstream plant managers, facing an increasing challenge from their ageing assets including water treatment plants. Ageing plants may impact continuity of production. When a plant is not reliable or efficient, emergency maintenance is often required to avoid disruption to production which could result in costly downtime for operating sites. This presentation demonstrates how the rental service from Veolia’s Mobile Water Services, can safely provide ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

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