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August 2023

The August issue of Hydrocarbon Engineering begins with an in-depth look at the current state of Australia’s energy market. The issue also includes features on a host of other topics including turbomachinery, hydrogen, gas analysis and measurement, valves and LNG.

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Australia: beyond coal
Nancy Yamaguchi, Contributing Editor, discusses the current state of Australia’s energy market, and how the fuel types are changing in line with carbon-neutrality goals.

Adapting to the changing times
Klaus Brun, Elliott Group, and Timothy C. Allison and Natalie R. Smith, Southwest Research Institute, discuss how turbomachinery advancements can improve the performance of various energy storage systems, including hydrogen.

Setting up for success
Joseph Doerfler, FS-Elliott, USA, reviews the development and design of an API 672-compliant centrifugal compressor for one of the world’s largest single-site ethylene facilities, and details the steps taken to reduce overall costs while increasing system efficiency.

Gas analysis for process control
Rhys Jenkins and Maria-Katharina Mokosch, Servomex, look at the role of gas analysis in ethylene dichloride (EDC) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) production for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturing.

Answering the burning question of our time
Mark Naples, Umicore Coating Services Ltd, discusses the urgency of climate change, and suggests gas detection measurement as one way to reduce emissions from the oil and gas industry.

Safe combustion
Stuart Rye, NEO Monitors AS, Norway, considers whether methane can safely exist in a hot-fired process heater during normal operation.

Finding a fix
Johannes Poth, Integrated Global Services (IGS), Germany, explores five common causes of refractory failure, and outlines how to fix them.

Control valve selection for SAF production
Increasingly, refineries are starting to retool their infrastructure to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). However, new processes are required, creating challenges for control valve selection. Scot Bauder and Janelle Prusha, Emerson, discuss.

Changing expectations
Fabrizio Delledone and Mike Semens-Flanagan, IMI Critical Engineering, examine various emerging valve designs to support the growing number of LNG applications.

The value of effective flow control
Dave Godfrey, Rotork, UK, discusses the importance of accurate and effective flow management within the growing LNG industry.

Q&A with...
Hydrocarbon Engineering talks to David Walsh, Product Director, Screw Compressor Products, Howden, a Chart Industries Company.

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