Plant/Process Optimization

Sinopec's first green hydrogen plant starts production in Xinjiang

China's Sinopec has begun producing green hydrogen at a plant in the western region of Xinjiang, the company said.

Detecting operator-induced faults on a liquid expander

6/28/2023

This case study examines a LNG plant that thought they found a way to shorten the start-up time for liquid expanders. The result was not as expected. Fortunately, the condition monitoring system and service specialists provided diagnostic information to understand the problem better and avoid a catastrophic failure.

BCCK offers Nitech-style IV nitrogen rejection units in West Texas, featuring innovative tech

BCCK, a leader in engineering, procurement, fabrication and field construction services, has expanded its footprint in the Permian Basin with its NiTech Style IV dual column nitrogen rejection unit project.

Chamber analysis highlights flaws with EPA powerplant proposal

A new analysis by the U.S. Chamber’s Global Energy Institute finds significant flaws with the methodology used in EPA’s new carbon pollution standards for coal and natural gas-fired power plants.

Germany builds up LNG import terminals

Deutsche ReGas has sub-chartered a second floating storage and reception unit for liquefied natural gas for the Mukran terminal project in the Baltic Sea, with its LNG to flow to onshore grids via the nearby port of Lubmin from next winter.

Norway gas output lower than planned due to Shell outage, Gassco says

Norway's overall gas production will be lower than planned in the coming weeks due to an extended outage at Shell's Nyhamna processing plant, gas infrastructure operator Gassco said.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines enters strategic investment agreement with Delfin

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced that it has entered into a strategic investment agreement with Delfin Midstream Inc enabling Delfin to accelerate clean low-cost LNG exports from North America to customers around the world.

Air Products’ AP-X LNG Technology and Equipment Selected for the North Field South Project

Air Products has been selected to provide its proprietary AP-X LNG Process technology and equipment to Qatargas for the North Field South Project in Ras Laffan, the State of Qatar.

Enbridge sees Canada Woodfibre LNG export plant in service in 2027

Enbridge Inc's Woodfibre LNG partnership in British Columbia was on track to enter service in 2027, says Cynthia Hansen, president of gas transmission and midstream at the Canadian energy company.

Trinidad to restart idled LNG unit by early 2027 amid restructuring

Trinidad and Tobago aims to restart an idled liquefied natural gas unit by the first quarter of 2027 after agreeing to restructure the facility's ownership and negotiate new gas supplies, according to three people with knowledge of the plans.

Equinor says production at Hammerfest LNG to resume

Norway's Equinor plans to restart production at its Arctic LNG plant in Hammerfest after it was shut down due to a gas leak, the company said in a market message.

Equinor says leak at Hammerfest LNG plant stopped

A gas leak at Norway's Hammerfest liquefied natural gas plant has been stopped and normalization is underway, but it is too soon to say when production will resume, Equinor said.

Equinor shuts Hammerfest LNG plant due to gas leak

Norway's Hammerfest LNG plant was shutting down due to a gas leak, a spokesperson for operator Equinor said, confirming an earlier police report.

Plug Power plans $6-B hydrogen projects in Finland

Plug Power Inc, a U.S. maker of hydrogen fuel systems, said it aims to build three plants in Finland costing some $6 B to produce green hydrogen and ammonia for the European market.

Saudi Aramco to develop 400 mcf per day Iraqi gas field

Saudi oil giant Aramco will develop a gas field in Iraq that could produce more than 400 million cubic feet of gas per day, Iraqi Oil Minister Hayan Abdel-Ghani said.

TotalEnergies prepares for Mozambique LNG restart

French energy company TotalEnergies will relaunch its Mozambique LNG project once it has followed the recommendations of a commissioned human rights report that was published.

BASF’s gas treatment technology to be used by Linde and Heidelberg Materials’ large-scale CO2-capture plant

A CO₂ capture process will be used for the first time at a large-scale CO2-capture facility operated by Capture-to-Use – a new joint venture established by Heidelberg Materials and Linde.

Take the mystery out of running your LNG plant

5/19/2023

While process simulation software can be used by plant engineers to calculate the dewpoint temperature of mixed refrigerant, this is of limited use to the plant operators at the control panel in maintaining an appropriate amount of mixed refrigerant superheat as they adjust the plant. To address these challenges, the authors’ company has developed a simplified method of calculating mixed refrigerant superheat that can be programmed in the distributed control system (DCS) and made available to panel operators.

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

5/19/2023

This article 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.

Technip Energies awarded a major LNG contract for the North Field South Project by QatarEnergy

Technip Energies is pleased to announce that a joint venture, led by Technip Energies in partnership with Consolidated Contractors Company, has won a major Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning contract by QatarEnergy for the onshore facilities of the North Field South Project.

Alberta producers restart oil and gas operations as wildfires temporarily ease

A number of oil and gas companies in Canada's main crude-producing province Alberta restarted shuttered production as wildfires that sparked widespread evacuations eased, although officials warned conditions could deteriorate.

AXPC releases statement on EPA’s rule proposal on natural gas power plants

EPA released a new proposal that requires very aggressive emissions reductions and imposes requirements not only on new power plants, but also existing ones – making it significantly harder to rework an existing power plant and deterring investment in natural gas generating facilities.

Axens to provide tech for the complete gas treatment chain at CSV Albright Sour Gas Processing Plant in Canada

Axens has been selected to supply the technologies for the Acid Gas Removal unit and the Sulphur Recovery unit of the Albright Sour Gas Processing Plant to be constructed by CSV Midstream Solutions Corp. in Alberta, Canada.

GAIL plans $4.9-B ethane cracker in West India

GAIL Ltd, the country's top gas supplier, plans to build a $4.89-B ethane cracker near its LNG import plant in Western India as it seeks to meet an expected surge in demand.

Equinor's Hammerfest LNG plant offline after outage

Equinor's Hammerfest LNG plant in Arctic Norway suffered a compressor failure and is expected to remain offline until May 19.

Sakhalin Energy to start maintenance at LNG plant

Russia's Sakhalin Energy will start maintenance at its LNG plant in July, without providing the timeframe for the maintenance.

TotalEnergies says Mozambique LNG restart complicated by cost disagreements

The restart of TotalEnergies' $20-B Mozambique LNG project is being complicated by disagreements with contractors over extra costs.

Biden EPA to issue power plant rules that lean on carbon capture

The U.S. government may soon require natural gas-fired power plants to install technology to capture carbon emissions as President Joe Biden's administration enacts new rules to help decarbonize the power sector in 12 years.

Norway parliament asks for CCS alternative to decarbonize major LNG plant

Norway's parliament told the government to consider an alternative way to cut carbon emissions at Western Europe's largest liquefied natural gas plant but stopped short of outright halting a controversial plan to use power from land.

INPEX submits revised plan of development for Abadi LNG project

INPEX Corporation announced that through its subsidiary INPEX Masela, Ltd., it has submitted a revised Plan of Development for Abadi LNG Project incorporating a CCS component to Indonesian government authorities on behalf of the joint venture composed of INPEX and Shell.

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