Blogs
    • 11 Sep 2018

    Avoid Corrosion-Induced Asset Integrity Loss

    A U.S. Energy Information Administration’s post, When was the last refinery built in the United States? , reveals that more than half the “newest refineries” in their list were built in the 1970s or 1980s, or 30 to 40+ years ago. And, with 137 operating U.S. oil refineries , the rest are even older. A lot has changed over this time, but much of the piping and vessel infrastructure remains the same. In a Chemical Engineering...
    • 27 Aug 2018

    DP Measurement Technologies for Challenging Refinery Applications

    The energy derived from crude oil has powered the advancement of civilizations across the globe. Getting this energy into usable forms such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel is the work refineries must do safely, reliably and efficiently every day. In a Hydrocarbon Processing article, Adapting instrumentation to the needs of refineries , Emerson’s Douglas Carlson and Dan Cychosz describe the challenging applications...
    • 8 May 2018

    Evaluating Right Fuel Blending Strategy for your Refinery Operation

    Refiners are driven to produce fuels and other products profitably, while meeting ever-increasing regulatory requirements—all while operating safely, reliably, and efficiently. Fuel blending operations are a key part of the refining process to meet these challenges. I connected with Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo about how refiners develop their blending strategies. Marcelo noted that compliance is paramount due to the...
    • 27 Feb 2018

    Improving Downstream Hydrocarbon Production Performance

    The world’s energy leaders and policy makers gather in Houston next week for the annual CERAWeek conference . These energy leaders in the oil & gas production, distribution, refining, petrochemicals, coal, electrical power and alternative energy industries gather to discuss trends, challenges and opportunities for performance improvement. Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo has written a post, Refiners and Petrochemical Producers...
    • 27 Feb 2018

    Improving Downstream Hydrocarbon Production Performance

    The world’s energy leaders and policy makers gather in Houston next week for the annual CERAWeek conference . These energy leaders in the oil & gas production, distribution, refining, petrochemicals, coal, electrical power and alternative energy industries gather to discuss trends, challenges and opportunities for performance improvement. Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo has written a post, Refiners and Petrochemical Producers...
    • 31 Jan 2018

    Advancing the Practice of Chemical Engineering

    One of the ways you can share your expertise and skills developed in your work in your industry or profession is to join a relevant professional organization serving in these areas. As you participate at different levels in these organizations, you can rise up into leadership positions. I mention this to share one example—Emerson’s Tim Olsen . Tim has worked in with the refining industry for almost 30 years, first...
    • 31 Jan 2018

    Advancing the Practice of Chemical Engineering

    One of the ways you can share your expertise and skills developed in your work in your industry or profession is to join a relevant professional organization serving in these areas. As you participate at different levels in these organizations, you can rise up into leadership positions. I mention this to share one example—Emerson’s Tim Olsen . Tim has worked in with the refining industry for almost 30 years, first...
    • 29 Jan 2018

    Optimizing Refinery Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units and Vapor Recovery Units

    The petroleum refining process is a marvel in how it converts crude oil into so many usable and valuable products and feedstocks for other products. If you’re unfamiliar with the refining process or beginning your experience journey in the industry, I highly recommend the Hydrocarbon Engineering article, Waste Not, Want Not , by Emerson’s Bonnie Crossland . Although the focus of the article is about the use of gas...
    • 29 Jan 2018

    Optimizing Refinery Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units and Vapor Recovery Units

    The petroleum refining process is a marvel in how it converts crude oil into so many usable and valuable products and feedstocks for other products. If you’re unfamiliar with the refining process or beginning your experience journey in the industry, I highly recommend the Hydrocarbon Engineering article, Waste Not, Want Not , by Emerson’s Bonnie Crossland . Although the focus of the article is about the use of gas...
    • 24 Jan 2018

    Reducing System Migration Risk for Refinery Blend and Tank Farm Operations

    Regulatory bodies across the globe continue to impose stricter specifications for transportation fuels to reduce combustion byproducts. Emerson’s Murali Krishnan and Patrick Truesdale shared a story with me of an Asian refiner who needed to modernize its blend and tank farm operations to meet the sulfur-related regulations and other seasonal volatility specifications. For refiners, blending and their associated tank...