Plant/Process Optimization

The illusion of accuracy in analyzing plant failures

This article highlights the challenges faced by plant engineers in accurately determining damage mechanisms, discussing three common illusions of accuracy including temperature limits, reliance on single references, and confirmation bias during failure investigations.

Russia's Novatek may scale back Arctic LNG 2, focus on Murmansk

Russia's Novatek is being forced to scale back its huge Arctic LNG 2 project after Western sanctions curbed its access to ice-class tankers and will focus instead on developing its project at the ice-free port of Murmansk.

Yokogawa launches OpreX Robot Management Core

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announced the development and release of OpreX Robot Management Core, a software application in the OpreX Asset Management and Integrity family and will go on sale on March 22, 2024.

Venture Global approved to re-introduce hazardous fluids at Louisiana (U.S.) LNG plant

U.S. LNG company Venture Global LNG received U.S. regulatory approval to re-introduce hazardous fluids into "HRSG 372" at the company's Calcasieu Pass LNG export plant in Louisiana.

Freeport LNG plans to raise production 10% by June

Freeport LNG said that it will increase its production of LNG at its Texas (U.S.) facility by June and is working on installing additional compressor capacity across its three trains.

Viridi Energy developing renewable natural gas facility in Maine (U.S.)

Viridi Energy said it has acquired a biosolids digester plant in Brunswick, Maine, (U.S.) as part of its plans to develop a facility to convert waste into RNG in the state.

Shutdown and startup of an amine system

3/7/2024

This work demonstrates best practices when shutting down and starting up an amine system

How tech is laying the foundation for future LNG success and compliance

3/7/2024

This work details some of the ways LNG operators are embracing and deploying technology to close the gaps that exist in their ESG compliance infrastructures and emerging operational needs.

Enhance efficiency and decarbonize gas operations with the organic Rankine cycle

3/7/2024

In the gas sector, recovering the waste heat available from processing operations and converting it into carbon-free electricity represents a good opportunity with effective outcomes for emissions reduction and energy savings. This article explores using the organic Rankine cycle to captured waste heat for power generation.

Mitigating methane emissions: Digital strategies for the energy industry

3/7/2024

As the world continues to prioritize solutions to curb climate change, more digital tools will help scale innovation and assist hard-to-abate industries with accelerating their GHG mitigation efforts. This article dives into how digital technologies are helping to mitigate emissions.

Navigating the complex LNG value chain

3/7/2024

Capturing efficiency and visibility across the LNG value chain is possible with modern technologies. This article examines how boundless automation is managing data seamlessly from the field to the edge and into the cloud. This includes a move toward holistic, seamlessly integrated energy logistics software solutions that help operators visualize and manage the LNG value chain from end-to-end.

Optimized high-pressure injection system design

3/7/2024

This article details an optimization opportunity that was taken in a high-pressure injection system after a thorough evaluation during the Hawiyah Unayzah Gas Reservoir Storage (HUGRS) project in Saudi Arabia.

How boil-off gas APC exceeded expectations at an Australian LNG plant

3/7/2024

The use of advanced process control (APC) technology on LNG liquefaction trains is well accepted with some of the earliest implementations developed in the late 1990s.

Uzbekistan plans to invest $500 MM to boost gas imports from Russia

Uzbekistan plans to spend $500 MM on modernizing its mainline gas system to allow it to increase imports from Russia to 32 MMm3 a day from 9 MMm3.

Heidelberg Materials North America announces latest step in Edmonton CCUS Project

Heidelberg Materials North America announced a significant milestone in its two-stage competitive procurement process as it works to select the capture technology and contractor for providing the CO2 separation solution for its Edmonton, Alberta, Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Project.

Shell target asset management efficiencies across new projects

Shell has contracted ABL's specialist master data build and optimization software - Effio, to support a number of its large-scale newbuild projects including LNG Canada, Crux and Jackdaw.

Jenbacher engines to power Poland’s largest gas-fueled power plant, replacing coal power

INNIO Group announced that five Jenbacher J920 FleXtra engines will power a 50 MWe combined heat and power project in Bydgoszcz, Poland, for PGE Energia Ciepła S.A.

Air Liquide presses Mexico for answers after the government confiscated hydrogen plant

French industrial gas manufacturer Air Liquide is seeking answers from the Mexican government after it took control of a hydrogen processing plant in Hidalgo state.

TechnipFMC awarded major iEPCI contract by Petrobras for Mero 3 HISEP project

TechnipFMC has been awarded a major integrated Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation contract by Petrobras to deliver the Mero 3 HISEP project, which uses subsea processing to capture carbon dioxide-rich dense gases and then inject them into the reservoir.

New inlet feed gas conditioning technology for contaminant removal in amine units

12/1/2023

While many amine units function well over the life of the LNG facility, some are prone to periodic or even frequent foaming events. This article discusses likely causes and potential solutions to these foaming episodes in amine units, which also apply to gas treating in general.

The race for clean energy: LNG and LH2 as the next frontier in fuel technology

11/30/2023

This article presents a comparison of LNG and LH2 as fuels, and discusses the properties and characteristics of both, including energy density, transportation, storage, safety, environmental impact, availability and cost.

Shell authorizes engineering, construction work on Manatee gas field

Shell PLC has authorized contractor McDermott International Ltd to start engineering work on its Manatee gas field development project off Trinidad and Tobago's east coast.

EY partners with Aspen Technology to enhance clients’ sustainability, streamline manufacturing, and modernize utility grids

The EY organization announces an alliance between Aspen Technology, Inc. and Ernst & Young to enhance clients’ sustainability, streamline manufacturing, and modernize utility grids.

ABB to deliver integrated automation, electrical and digital solutions to Phase 1 of Rio Grande LNG

ABB has been awarded an order by Bechtel Energy Inc. to deliver integrated automation, electrical and digital solutions for Phase 1 of the Rio Grande LNG facility in Brownsville, Texas, a project developed by NextDecade Corporation. Bechtel Energy Inc. is undertaking construction of RGLNG Phase 1 under an engineering, procurement, and construction contract.

Yokogawa and FPT Software ink global partnership to advance DX solution offerings

Yokogawa Electric Corporation and FPT Software Company Limited announce a global supplier framework agreement for the development and deployment of digital transformation services to strengthen operational technology-information technology convergence in the industrial sector.

U.S. denies Repsol's request for Venture Global LNG approvals

The U.S. Department of Energy rejected for a second time oil major Repsol SA's request to reopen regulators' approval of Venture Global LNG's Calcasieu Pass export plant in Louisiana.

Freeport LNG plant in Texas (U.S.) on track to resume service after shutdown

U.S. LNG company Freeport LNG's export plant in Texas was on track to return to service after all of its liquefaction trains shut.

Naturgy gets top Spanish court's nod to mothball gas plants

Spain's Supreme Court on Friday gave power utility Naturgy the green light to temporarily close five gas plants, more than half a decade after it first asked the country's authorities to do so.

Tellurian says on track to produce LNG in 2027, still looking for customers

U.S. energy company Tellurian Inc said it remains on target to produce the first LNG at its Driftwood export plant in Louisiana in 2027.

Optimizing waste heat recovery systems for more efficient, sustainable operations

11/2/2023

In the natural gas sector, recovering available waste heat from processing operations and converting it into carbon-free electricity can represent a significant opportunity to reduce emissions and increase energy savings.

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