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RADIATION SCANNING AIDS TOWER DIAGNOSIS AT ARUN LNG PLANT

Mar 26, 1990 M.M. Naklie Mobil Exploration & Producing Services Inc. Dallas L. Pless Tru-Tec Inc. Houston T.P. Gurning, M. Ilyasak P.T. Arun Natural Gas Liquefaction Co. Sumatra Radiation scanning has been used effectively to troubleshoot the treating towers of the Arun LNG plant in Sumatra, Indonesia. The plant is one of the world's largest such facilities. The analysis was part of an investigation aimed at increasing the capacity of the treater section of the plant.

FCC CLOSED-CYCLONE SYSTEM ELIMINATES POST-RISER CRACKING

Mar 26, 1990 Amos A. Avidan, Frederick J. Krambeck Mobil Research & Development Corp. Paulsboro, N.J. Hartley Owen, Paul H. Schipper Mobil Research & Development Corp. Princeton, N.J. A major improvement in high-temperature, short-contact time catalytic cracking has been commercialized by Mobil Corp. The use of closed cyclones in fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) reactors has eliminated post-riser, nonselective thermal cracking.

PETROCHEMICALS FACING SQUEEZE ON MARGINS INTO EARLY NEXT YEAR

Apr 2, 1990 The world petrochemical industry faces renewed pressure on margins that could last into early 1991. Behind the squeeze is slowing demand growth stemming from a world economic slowdown coupled with big capacity hikes. But the industry is in good health. Most observers see no repeat of the market collapse of the early 1980s, when arrival of new capacity coincided with a severe slump in demand. Among industrialized nations, demand growth essentially has plateaued and is not likely in this decade

NEW CONSTRUCTION ERA REFLECTED IN EAST TEXAS LPG PIPELINE

Apr 2, 1990 T. J. Mittler Texas Eastman Co. Longview, Tex. Installation of 240 miles of 6, 10, and 12-in. LPG pipelines from Mont Belvieu to Tyler, Tex., has provided greater feedstock-supply flexibility to Texas Eastman Co.'s petrochemical plant in Longview, Tex. The project, which took place over 18 months, included tie-ins with metering at four Mont Belvieu suppliers. The new 10 and 12-in. pipelines now transport propane while the new and existing parts of a 6-in. pipeline transport propylene.

RIG AUTOMATION-1 AUTOMATION TO BENEFIT CURRENT, FUTURE RIGS

Apr 9, 1990 Will L. McNair Texas Engineering Extension Service College Station, Tex. Old rigs are being modified piecemeal with various technological improvements to increase drilling performance. On the horizon are the completely automated drilling rigs that are promising safety and efficiency to rig floor operations. In this first installment of a two-part series, the benefits of the technology to automate a complete rig and the modules needed to modify existing rigs are analyzed. The second installment

REFORMULATED FUELS-1 REFORMULATED GASOLINES WILL CHALLENGE PRODUCT-QUALITY MAINTENANCE

Apr 9, 1990 George H. Unzelman HyOx Inc. Fallbrook, Calif. Maintaining transportation fuel quality in the regulatory environment during the 1990s will become a balancing act between regulating agencies and the petroleum refining industry. Regulations modifying gasoline and diesel fuel composition will be promulgated to improve air quality and reduce human exposure to critical hydrocarbons. Given enough time to generate capital and install processing, refiners should be able to meet fuel quality demand.

SE KANSAS COALBED METHANE ACTION RISING

Apr 9, 1990 Interest in coalbed methane development is growing in Southeast Kansas. Several operators have completed wells or staked locations for coalbed methane wells near Fredonia in Wilson County and in Jefferson-Sycamore and Neodesha oil fields of Montgomery County, 5-20 miles north of Independence. Operators include Great Eastern Energy & Development Corp. and Universal Exploration Operating Co., both of Englewood, Colo., and Stroud Oil Properties Inc., Wichita.

U.S. BRIEFS

Apr 9, 1990 ARKLA EXPLORATION CO., Shreveport, formed a joint venture with Oneok Exploration Co., Tulsa, and a private investor for onshore exploration and development on the Texas Gulf Coast during the next 3 years. As operator of the joint program, Arkla will bear 55% of the projected $25 million cost on selected prospects in the Yegua, Wilcox, and Frio trends. Oneok will pay 20%, the private investor the remaining 25%.

PHILLIPS EYES APR. 22 START FOR CLEAN FUEL

Apr 9, 1990 Phillips 66 Co. will introduce and test emissions from a reformulated unleaded midgrade gasoline in the St. Louis metropolitan area on Earth Day, Apr. 22. The 89 octane gasoline, the first environmentally reformulated motor fuel to be sold in the St. Louis area, will be priced between Phillips' 87 octane regular unleaded and 92 octane premium unleaded.

SANTOS STARTS UP NEW COOPER BASIN GAS FLOW

Apr 9, 1990 The Cooper basin group led by Santos Ltd. has started gas production from two South Australia permits linked to the state's gas grid by a new gathering system. Santos last month began processing gas from fields in Southwest Patchawarra and Murta blocks at the Moomba plant. Southwest Patchawarra fields, lying north and west of Moomba, include Karunda, Andree/Leleptian, and Kanowana. Murta fields, farther south, include Garanjanie, Thurakina, and Dirkala.

MIDDLE EAST OIL PRODUCERS GETTING SET FOR DEMAND SURGE IN MID-1990S

Apr 9, 1990 Roger Vielvoye International Editor Middle East countries are preparing for a predicted upturn in demand for their crude oil in the mid-1990s. Production facilities mothballed for as long as 6-7 years in some cases are being reactivated and investments approved for new production facilities. The turnaround in the fortunes of the region has occurred suddenly.

MIDDLE EAST PRESSES DEVELOPMENT

Apr 16, 1990 Roger Vielvoye International Editor Major investment programs are under way in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar aimed at stepping up oil flow, while Kuwaiti officials say their industry can bring on new production as required. The action is part of a buildup in Middle East productive capacity (OGJ, Apr. 9, p. 21). Kuwait's present capacity is 2.5 million b/d. And with reserves of about 95 billion bbl arid a well developed infrastructure, Kuwait has the ability to move quickly in adding

AMERICAS' PETROCHEM OUTLOOK DIMS

Apr 16, 1990 Bob Williams Senior Staff Writer The U.S. petrochemical industry will enter the 1990s shakily, as analysts and industry officials expect a weak market performance in 1990. That's because weakening domestic demand and lagging export markets are combining with surplus capacity to depress prices and thus shave margins. It won't be a total collapse of the market as was seen in the early 1980s, but the specter of overbuilt capacity and with it depressed markets looms in the next few years,

SULFUR- WORLDWIDE CONSTRUCTION

Apr 16, 1990 *Designates projects listed for the first time in the Journal. ARCO PRODUCTS CO. Los Angeles, 100 t/d from refinery gas. Contr: Fluor Daniels. Completion: Summer 1990. ASHLAND PETROLEUM. Catlettsburg, Ky. 203.2 mt/d Claus unit (from refinery). Engr: Pritchard. Contr: Foster Wheeler. Completion: Spring 1991. St. Paul, Minn. 50 mt/d (from refinery). Process: Pritchard. Completion: Fall 1992. Canton, Ohio 50 mt/d (from refinery). Process: Pritchard. Completion: Spring 1992.

PETROCHEMICALS- WORLDWIDE CONSTRUCTION

Apr 16, 1990 *Designates projects listed for the first time in the Journal. AIR PRODUCTS. Deer Park, Tex. Polyvinyl alcohol plant under construction. Engr. and Design: Bechtel. Completion: 1991. AMOCO CHEMICAL. Texas City, Tex. 1.5 billion lb/y ethylene plant. Feed: Ethane, propane. Products: Ethylene, methane, propylene, butadiene, fuel oil. $300 MM. Tech: MW Kellogg. Eng/des/lic: MW Kellogg. Completion: 1992. Planned. Paraxylene debottleneck under construction. Completion: Sept. 1990. Chocolate

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