Opinion: Managing risks in the investment process
Risks can come about unexpectedly to companies, especially if they do not have reliable sources of information regarding changing regulations, sanctions, and market price change for equipment, feedstock and products, in advance. Projects still have to be completed, sometimes at a higher cost, comment Colin Chapman and Ekaterina Kalinenko of Euro Petroleum Consultants.
Opinion: Key challenges in reliable and safe downstream asset operations
The current trends in production, transportation and processing of hydrocarbons open a whole new range of opportunities for growth and development of global businesses, comment Ekaterina Kalinenko and Konstantin Stezhko of Euro Petroleum Consultants.
Analysis: Sustainable water management in refining and petrochemical industry
At ACCIONA, our commitment is to innovate and apply advanced technologies in the industrial water/wastewater treatment plants that we design and build as well as the quality of execution in different areas of activity, comments Jesús Sancho, managing director, Middle East, ACCIONA.
Navigating downstream: Wood expanding reach in the Middle East
Created following Wood Group’s acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler in October 2017, Wood provides full support for downstream facilities to design, build, run and improve refining and petrochemical plants. Dave Buchan, Wood’s president of operations in the Middle East, Russia and Caspian, highlights how the company is helping to design, build, operate, maintain and modify some of the world’s largest and complex facilities based in the region.
Opinion: Digitalisation – Improved profitability enabler in downstream industry
For grassroots and complex refineries and petrochemical plants, which are being built with state-of-the-art technologies and materials, digitalisation will be the best solution, especially if the facility is designed to produce high-value petrochemical products, comment Ekaterina Kalinenko and Stefan Chapman.
Analysis: Turning off vibration risk, turning on profitability
In the long list of risks that pipeline operators face, vibration-induced fatigue is usually a low priority. Yet the consequences of a failure related to vibration can be catastrophic, opines Jonathan Baker, principal consultant, Asset Integrity Solutions, Wood.

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