Neste Jacobs maximizes production of Forchem Oy Tall Oil Distillation Plant with NAPCON Controller

neste-jacobs-maximizes-production-of-forchem-oy-tall-oil-distillation-plant-with-napcon-controllerTechnology, engineering and project management company Neste Jacobs has implemented NAPCON Controller to Forchem Oy’s tall oil distillation plant. Forchem Oy owns and operates a world scale tall oil distillation plant in the city of Rauma on the West Coast of Finland. The main products are Tall Oil Rosin (TOR) and Tall Oil Fatty Acid (TOFA) and the plant is flexible in the sense that different types of Crude Tall Oil can be used as feedstock. The process is mainly based on a vacuum distillation technology originally developed and designed by Neste Jacobs, presently known under the trademark ArxPinus.

Many biochemical processes offer opportunities for substantial improvement in terms of increased production. In spring 2015 Forchem Oy already awarded Neste Jacobs a NAPCON Performance Analysis project for quantifying the benefits of Advanced Process Control (APC). The NAPCON Performance Analysis lasted for two months and Neste Jacobs was able to demonstrate already then a production increase of 9%. After implementation of NAPCON Controller, a multivariable, model-predictive APC, Neste Jacobs could increase production with further 8%. Continue reading “Neste Jacobs maximizes production of Forchem Oy Tall Oil Distillation Plant with NAPCON Controller”

First Gorgon LNG shipment heads to Japan

The Asia Excellence loading the first Gorgon LNG cargo for delivery to Japan. (Photo courtesy Chevron)
The Asia Excellence loading the first Gorgon LNG cargo for delivery to Japan. (Photo courtesy Chevron)

SAN RAMON, California – (Offshore staffChevron Corp. says its first shipment of LNG from the Gorgon Project has departed Barrow Island offshore Western Australia.

The LNG cargo will be delivered by the Asia Excellence to Chubu Electric Power for delivery into Japan.

The Gorgon Project is supplied from the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields, located within the Greater Gorgon area, between 80 mi (130 km) and 136 mi (220 km) off the northwest coast of Western Australia. It includes a 15.6 mtpa LNG plant on Barrow Island, a carbon dioxide injection project, and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia. Continue reading “First Gorgon LNG shipment heads to Japan”

Maersk Drilling focuses on remaining competitive

Maersk Resilient(Offshore-mag.com) – Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board in the Maersk Group said: “We deliver a satisfactory third quarter result given the adverse market conditions. We continue to focus on operational performance and a competitive cost level, which are key factors in order to secure contracts for our rigs.” Continue reading “Maersk Drilling focuses on remaining competitive”

EPA Takes Action Against Underground Petroleum Storage Tank Violations in Monmouth County, Middlesex County and Paterson, New Jersey

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New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2015 – In separate agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Monmouth and Middlesex counties in New Jersey have settled alleged violations of federal laws regarding the proper maintenance and operation of underground petroleum storage tank systems. When not properly maintained, underground storage tanks can leak petroleum and other hazardous substances, threatening soil and water quality. Continue reading “EPA Takes Action Against Underground Petroleum Storage Tank Violations in Monmouth County, Middlesex County and Paterson, New Jersey”

EPA Seeks Input on Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources in the Oil and Natural Gas Sector

banner-111014-MyEnvironmentWASHINGTON, January 28, 2015 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel. The panel is part of a standard federal government process and will focus on the agency’s development of a rule that proposes to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, including methane, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) under its New Source Performance Standards for the oil and natural gas industry. EPA will build on the cost-effective standards, issued in 2012, that are currently in place for several sources in the oil and natural gas industry. The agency intends to add equipment and processes to those sources currently covered by the standards. Equipment and processes the agency is considering adding include hydraulically fractured oil wells, pneumatic pumps, and leaks from new and modified well sites and compressor stations.

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North Sea platform shut down due to pipeline corrosion

North Sea platform shut down because of pipeline corrosion
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Stavanger, Norway, Aug 24, 2014 – (UPI) Norwegian energy company Statoil said it shut down its Troll platform in the North Sea after encountering a corroded pipeline at an oil export system.

The company said it encountered a corroded pipe on the Troll C platform’s export system following a routine inspection.

The Troll C platform pulls around 58,000 barrels of oil per day from the Fram field in the North Sea, in addition to natural gas exports of around 280 million cubic feet per day. The company said Wednesday it would take about a week to complete repairs and reopen the platform.

A compressor issue in the area shut down natural gas production for 24 hours in March.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the nation’s energy regulator, said the Troll field contains 49 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and production was around 1 trillion cubic feet last year.

Norway is one of the top oil and natural gas exporters to the European market.

 

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Oil drops as investors put geopolitics on back burner

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Brent trades at lowest level since June 2013

Oil drops as investors put geopolitics on back burnerNEW YORK , Aug. 19, 2014(MarketWatch) – Oil futures dropped again Monday, as investors pushed geopolitical concerns surrounding violence and unrest in Ukraine and Iraq to the back burner.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in September CLU4, +0.38% fell 94 cents, or 0.9%, to close at $96.41 a barrel. October Brent crude LCOV4, +0.24% on London’s ICE Futures exchange fell $1.93 to $101.60, its lowest finish in more than a year..

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