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October 2018

In the October issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering, Nancy Yamaguchi reports on the latest developments in the Middle Eastern oil sector. The issue includes features on sulfur removal, nitrogen, filtration systems, gas analysers, pumps and expanders, as well as process control and automation. It also contains a preview of a selection of companies that will be exhibiting at the Sulphur + Sulphuric Acid Conference 2018 in November.


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Contents

Maintaining the middle ground
Nancy D. Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, outlines why the Middle East remains in the middle of the oil and gas market.

A digital revolution
Zied M. Ouertani, ABB, Germany, discusses the digitalisation of the onshore hydrocarbon chain.

Reliability: the key enabler
Ahmed Habib, INTECH Process Automation, USA, outlines ways to improve reliability in industrial control systems.

Breaking down barriers
Annemarie Diepenbroek, Honeywell Process Solutions, Australia, explains how augmented reality technology can remove obstacles and improve safety for field workers in the hydrocarbon industry.

Turning it turbo
Joe Lillard and Mike Noffz, Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench Company, USA, explore the use of turboexpanders for cryogenic separation in propane and butane dehydrogenation.

Vibration analysis
Christian Wanner, Prüftechnik, Germany, explains why it is important to read and analyse vibration of machinery in the downstream sector.

Safety first!
Sébastien Larrea, Onis, USA, discusses the safety benefits of mechanical blinding compared with other traditional blinding tools during process shutdowns.

Goldilocks and the three methods of waste optimisation
Jerry Nichols, AGC International, USA, explores a method of downstream waste optimisation that comprises of separation and filtration.

Filter replacement strategies
Joshua Kohn, Camfil Power Systems, Canada, explains how substantial savings can be realised with optimised filtration and by changing filters at the right time.

Confronting unconventional oil
Timothy Houser, Stephen Gibson and Victor Scalco, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS), USA, explore front end filtering of unconventional oil.

Bursting the helium bubble
Dr Ed Connor, Peak Scientific, UK, explores using nitrogen as an alternative to helium for GC analysis.

Switching to in situ analysis
Dr Peter Geiser and Dr Viacheslav Avetisov, NEO Monitors, Norway, discuss the advantages of using TDLAS analysers for tail gas analysis in sulfur recovery units.

Simple sulfur recovery
Frands E. Jensen and Livia Sierra Lloréns, Haldor Topsoe, USA, detail an alternative process for sulfur recovery in refineries.

Sulphur + Sulphuric Acid Conference Preview
Hydrocarbon Engineering previews a selection of companies that will be exhibiting downstream oil and gas sulfur innovations and technologies at the Sulphur + Sulphuric Acid Conference 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden.


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