Industry Insights Archive

 

Converting Units to Process Renewable Feeds: Materials & Corrosion Concerns

Author: Nathaniel G. Sutton, Staff Engineer

At present, government-driven credits are available for fuels that satisfy various low-carbon or renewable fuel standards. In the United States, the most common standards discussed include California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Fitness-for-Service for Aboveground Storage Tanks

Author: Katelyn J. Gustoff, Consulting Engineer I

A discussion of the opportunities and benefits of the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 technology. The identification of damage is often an inevitable part of the life cycle of industry fixed equipment.

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Tank RBI, Not Just an Inspection Deferral Tool

Author: Joel L. Andreani, P.E., Senior Vice President of Consulting Engineering, Principal Engineer II

In recent editions of API STD 653, Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration and Reconstruction, the use of risk-based inspection (RBI) has been permitted as a means of determining the next inspection date for initial and subsequent internal inspection of storage tanks.

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Special Emphasis Areas in a Mechanical Integrity Program

Author: Joel L. Andreani, P.E., Senior Vice President of Consulting Engineering, Principal Engineer II

Mechanical integrity (MI) programs are an essential aspect for the safe and reliable operation of processing facilities. In this article, Joel Andreani investigates the Special Emphasis Mechanical Integrity (SEMI) programs, which are an important subset of an MI program.

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Turnarounds: Executing a Problem-Solving Team

Author: Kraig S. Shipley, P.E., Piping & Fired Heaters Principal Engineer I

Did you know 66% of turnarounds (TAs) finish late and overrun budget by 10% or more? In fact, 40% of TAs exceed budget by 30% or more, costing facilities tens of millions of dollars. There are several key strategies to the execution of a successful TA such as project scope management, minimizing schedule delays, controlling costs, and transparent communication.

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