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Safe and sustainable alkylation: Performance and update on composite ionic liquid alkylation technology

Market and regulatory factors are pressuring refiners to adopt safe and sustainable processes for the production of clean-burning and environmentally friendly fuels.

U.S. modularization—Keep an eye toward the most economical approach

Modularization has been discussed extensively as a means to facilitate the construction of significant projects. Many benefits exist for modularization, including controlled construction and schedule improvement. Due to the controlled environment for module construction, quality is more easily achieved and weather is not an issue. In addition, construction in remote areas (where field labor is a concern) is minimized.

Industry Perspectives: Petrochemicals surge despite possible future roadblocks

Over the past several years, investments in petrochemicals capacity additions have skyrocketed. Hundreds of billions of dollars have and will be invested in additional petrochemicals units and complexes.

Adopting digital technologies to enhance operations

What is the future of refining and petrochemical operations? One trend that has been the focus of many articles, whitepapers and conference presentations is the digital transformation of the hydrocarbon processing industry.

Business Trends: Global LNG projects to compete with pipeline gas

Expanding LNG supply worldwide will continue to dominate the changing landscape of the natural gas industry and gas trade. By 2040, LNG is expected to account for more than 15% of global gas consumption, after overtaking interregional pipeline deliveries in the late 2020s.

Industry Perspectives: New petrochemical projects flat year-over-year

New petrochemical project announcements plateaued year-over-year (y-o-y), according to data from Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database.

Ultra-low-sulfur fuels: The evolution of clean fuels production

One of the most significant trends affecting the refining industry over the past 30 yr is the drive toward clean fuels production. A major aspect of “clean fuels” focuses on mitigating pollutants—carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbons and particulate matter—from vehicle exhaust.

Business Trends: Application of blockchain technology in the petrochemical industry

A JV between Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons and Marathon Oil plans to build a modular refinery on Bioko Island. In late April, the JV signed a contract to VFuels to conduct a feasibility study for the 5,000-bpd facility. The project involves dismantling a methanol plant and converting it into a refinery. If built, the facility—part of Equatorial Guinea’s Year of Investment 2020 initiative—would provide refined products to satisfy increasing domestic demand.

Construction begins at massive polymer plant

A construction site in the Amur Region saw the sinking of the first test pile in the foundation of Amur Gas Chemical Complex, a facility set to become one of the world’s largest and most advanced basic polymer producers. The official ceremony was held online and was attended via video conference by Mikhail Mishustin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, relevant Ministers, Vasily Orlov, Governor of the Amur Region, Dmitry Konov, Chairman of the Management Board at SIBUR Holding, and other representatives of government authorities, the Company and its partners.

Centurion Pipeline Announces In-Service Date for Augustus Pipeline

(P&GJ) — Centurion Pipeline has announced that the Augustus Pipeline is on schedule and expected to commence service on December 1, 2020.

Offshore wind continues strong growth, bolstered by new floating projects

As spending on renewable energy, particularly offshore wind, accelerates, floating projects will make up a growing share of activity.

The Last Barrel

Energy transition taking shape

PosHYdon: The key to unlocking offshore hydrogen’s future energy potential

The PosHYdon pilot project will create the world’s first offshore green hydrogen production plant in the Dutch North Sea. The project will gain experience in integrating working energy systems at sea and producing hydrogen in an offshore environment.

Pilot Plant Advances Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles for Gas-Fired Generation

Power cycles utilizing supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) as a working fluid show promise for many power generation applications, including high-efficiency waste heat recovery on pipeline gas turbines.

FERC Approval Gives Alaska LNG 10 Years to Start Operations

Federal authorization for the Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) project sets a 10-year deadline to start operating the gas pipeline and liquefaction plant, twice as much time as regulators have generally allowed for other U.S. LNG export terminal developers to build multibillion-dollar facilities.

Nigeria’s New Pipeline Project Is Never Done Until It Is Done

The litany of ambitious and expensive energy sector projects in Nigeria that are way behind schedule, or have yet to go through preliminary development phases, is long. The 81-mile (130-km), 48-inch (1,200-mm) Obiafu-Obri Kom-Oben (OB3) gas supply pipeline is the latest example.

Amid Challenges, Natural Gas Remains Growing Part of Energy Mix

According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, 120,498 MW of gas-fired capacity came online between 2008 and Aug. 1, 2019. Twenty percent of that was in 2018 and 2019 alone, and roughly 200 new gas plants have been proposed or are in development right now.

Environmental Partnership Releases Report, Expands to Pipeline Companies

The Environmental Partnership expanded its membership to midstream companies and released its second annual report, highlighting the industry’s progress in reducing emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and working together to protect the environment.

Singapore says LNG bunkering capacity likely to hit 1MM tons by 2021

Singapore’s annual LNG bunkering capacity is expected to hit 1MM tons by 2021, as the world’s largest marine refueling hub transitions toward cleaner shipping fuels, a senior minister of state said. The push is part of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) aim to halve the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 from 2008 levels.

Japan's JERA looking to build 2 LNG power plants, scrap 5 aging units

Japanese power generator JERA announced it has begun an environmental assessment on building two 650 megawatt (MW) LNG power plants at its Chita thermal station in central Japan, and plans to scrap five aging plants.

Financing secured for Phase 5 of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

Financing secured for Phase 5 of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park On 4 October 2020, the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), multilateral development financial institution, signed an agreement with Shuaa Energy 3 P.S.C sponsored by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (“DEWA..

Navigator Looks to Expand Borger Express Pipeline System

Navigator Energy Services has announced a binding open season on its Borger Express pipeline system, to provide shippers the opportunity to secure crude oil transportation services from Cushing, Oklahoma to Borger, Texas.

Pipeline politics

Pipeline politics Recent news in the pipeline sector outside of the US has mainly focused on 2 particular gas projects, one very much under construction and nearing completion, and the other still in the planning phase, possibly for a good while yet. Comprehensive details of both are to be found on..

A quiet year for LNG

A quiet year for LNG 2020 has been a quiet year for the global LNG industry, certainly as far as project development is concerned. The Covid-19 global pandemic has had a negative effect across the whole industry, from plants to shipyards. If 2019 was business as usual for the booming LNG industry,..

Gas Release from Kinder Morgan Pipeline in Texas

(P&GJ) — Kinder Morgan reported a natural gas release shortly before 8:30 A.M. on Sunday from its pipeline near Goodrich, Texas in Polk County outside of Livingston.

Permian Oil Pipelines Undersubscribed Due to Market Uncertainty

The Permian Basin, which accounts for more than 40% of US crude oil production, was once riding high on the oil boom and is now struggling for a lifeline as COVID-19 slows demand and cuts prices.

Hydrogen for Public Transportation: How some European cities are adopting hydrogen fuel cells for public transit

Fuel cell powered vehicles operate by flowing hydrogen over a membrane and combining it with oxygen. This generates electricity, heat, and water. Compared with traditional gas and diesel powered buses, they drive similarly with the same range and not susceptible to the drawbacks of battery powered vehicles such as decreased range and lengthy recharge times. Many European cities have incorporated their fleet of buses over to hydrogen fuel cells and the number of buses in operation are increasing every month. Emmen and Barcelona have both made large orders in September making 23 cities in Europe with currently operational hydrogen bus lines and another 37 cities planning to launch within the next three to five years.

Licensing round October update

The industry's most comprehensive list of current and recent rounds for onshore and offshore licences

Golar Power offers top bid for Petrobras's LNG terminal

Golar Power Ltd has submitted the top bid for a highly-sought-after LNG import terminal being leased by Brazil’s state-run energy firm Petrobras, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said. The terminal and regasification facility was offered under a wider government effort to end the state oil company’s monopoly in natural gas imports and processing. The Bahia state terminal can process 20 MM cubic meters per day of LNG and includes a 45 kilometer pipeline.

Despite pandemic driven demand declines and slashed capital expenditures, petrochemical activity is still expected to rebound

Petrochemical investments have dramatically risen in the last ten years due to growing demand for plastic products and other chemicals, most notably in developing nations. The International Energy Agency’s “The Future of Petrochemicals” has stated that upcoming demand will increase by nearly 200 million tons per year (MMtpy) by the year 2050, and that petrochemical activities will be responsible for one third of oil demand growth in the next ten years.