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New Developments Take Shape for U.S. Refiners

By Chemical Engineering |

Process safety strategies, water use and alkylation technology were among the topics figuring prominently at the 2016 AFPM annual meeting An evolving set of issues facing petroleum refiners in the U.S. figured prominently at the annual meeting of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM; Washington, D.C.; www.afpm.org), held in March in San Francisco, Calif. Among wide-ranging sessions on topics such as crude-oil supply, regulatory and legislative issues, fluid catalytic-cracking-unit (FCCU) operations and others, the meeting featured presentations highlighting some of the many areas in which petroleum refiners are looking to adapt and improve. One area of focus was process safety, where a number of new tools are emerging to help reduce human errors in refinery operations. Meanwhile, water issues are becoming more prominent for refineries, along with industry in general, and the AFPM meeting featured a session on that topic. In addition, several presentations reported progress in the area of alkylation technology. Curbing human errors In the process safety session, several presentations focused on strategies to reduce the possibility of human errors in petroleum refinery operations. Yokogawa Electric Corp.’s (Carrolton,…
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