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October 2019

This issue begins with a regional report focusing on the Middle East’s important position at the centre of the global oil market. Other topics include digitalisation, gas analysis, flare management, rotating equipment, and our annual Sulphur + Sulphuric Acid Conference Preview.


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Contents

Middle East in the middle
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, focuses on the Middle East’s important position at the centre of the global oil market, shoring up prices or crashing them down.

The workforce nationalisation challenge
Manas Dutta, Honeywell, India, considers why knowledge capture and transfer are the key to greater participation of local workforces in the Middle Eastern downstream sector.

Staying ahead
Duncan Micklem, KBC (A Yokogawa Company), USA, examines the importance of understanding the value of digitalisation.

Identical twins?
Not all digital twins are the same, writes Fernanda Martins, AVEVA, Brazil, highlighting how a ‘living’ digital twin can maximise return on investment, guarantee information consistency, and promote better efficiency and safety.

Service delivery for guaranteed outcomes
Steve Linton, Honeywell Process Solutions, UK, looks at how automation support services have evolved to meet today’s operational and business demands.

High pressure protection
Harry Z. Ha, Fluor Canada Ltd, Canada, studies the dynamic response of a high integrity pressure protection system for natural gas feed lines to LNG plants.

Analysis for gas emissions
Dr. Barbara Marshik, Servomex, USA, offers an overview of the available gas analysis technologies for continuous and effective emissions monitoring in order to satisfy modern standards.

New environment for flare control: part two
Kevin Leary, Zach Kodesh and John Ackland, John Zink Hamworthy Combustion, present a new flare management plan.

Emission enhancement
Jim Deller, ClearSign Combustion, USA, and Andy Smith, ASHCOR, USA, introduce an efficient combustion solution for oil and gas operators that can increase DRE while lowering NOX.

A measured approach
Randy Brown, Fluid Components International, USA, looks at the importance of precise air flow measurements when optimising a refinery boiler’s air-to-fuel mixtures.

Equipment performance enhancement
Charles Soothill, Sulzer, USA, looks at some of the recent advances in rotating equipment technology and how they can be implemented to improve performance and minimise costs.

Finding the sweet spot
Meha Jha and Julie Valentine, Emerson Automation Solutions, USA, alongside Didier Lambert, Topnir Systems S.A.S, France, outline various methods for online opportunity crude characterisation.

Comparing coking behaviour
Manuel Roussel, Justine Allo, Meriem Abikchi and Mathieu Couvrat, Manoir Industries, France, compare different alloys and their ability to resist the formation of coke in steam cracking furnaces.

Upgrading with oxygen
Lorenzo Micucci, Siirtec Nigi, Italy, looks at the ways in which refineries can use oxygen enrichment technology to upgrade their sulfur recovery unit capacity and flexibility.

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 2019 in Houston, Texas, US.


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