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Parizot G.W.,KBR
Ammonia Plant Safety and Related Facilities

Process Safety Engineers have many roles on a project beyond running the HAZOP. This paper explains the various reviews and activities, and presents ways to make a HAZOP more engaging and effective for all participants. Source

Burmeister N.,Kellogg Brown and Root | James D.,Land | Victory S.,KBR
Australian Coasts and Ports 2015 Conference

On 24 June 2014, a storm event caused wave damage to numerous coastal structures in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia. The storm event was modelled to quantify the prevailing extreme (storm tide) water level and wave conditions. An Average Recurrence Interval (ARI) of between 50 and 100 years was estimated for the event. Post-storm damage condition assessments of pier and seawall structures in Port Phillip were conducted by members of the study team and six structures were selected for discussion. The six structures were estimated to cost approximately $1m to repair and resulted in facility closures, some of which lasted several months. Uplift pressures of up to 10 kPa were estimated to have impacted low lying pier decks. A review of the failure mechanisms revealed a common issue that is relatively easy to rectify. Overtopping at Black Rock Seawall during the event was estimated to exceed recommended limits. It was found that Black Rock Seawall, perhaps like many historic seawalls in Port Phillip, underperforms by today's standards. This investigation sheds light on the management of coastal and maritime structures in Port Phillip, some of which were first constructed over a century ago. The investigation findings can be used for risk profiling of structures in Port Phillip and to guide future design, investment and decision-making. Source

Stemm K.,KBR
Australian Coasts and Ports 2015 Conference

The canal system and entrance channel of the Aquatic Paradise Canal Estate, in Queensland, Australia are presently silted to levels well above the intended service levels; restricting the functionality and safe navigation of the estate. Previous maintenance dredging campaigns have been undertaken; however there still remains a need to relieve the bulk of the silt accumulations in key problem areas. This is a common problem faced by local governments and residents in tidal canal estates throughout the South-East Queensland region, and reinforces the need for a carefully planned and sustainable maintenance strategy. The small size of this estate presents a number of unique challenges, which required an innovative strategy to improve the sustainability of maintenance dredging operations. The key to this strategy is the capital dredging of silt storage trenches and the upgrading of the existing silt trap. Source

Crawled News Article
Site: http://www.greencarcongress.com/

A Fortune 2000 global company headquartered in Northern Europe has entered into an FEL-2 package license agreement with CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company LTD (CRIUK), a global catalyst technology company. The license covers IH2 technology, a continuous thermal catalytic process which produces liquid hydrocarbon transportation fuels from forest residues, and other renewable resources. (Earlier post.) The initial Front End Loading (FEL-2) evaluation package will be completed for the core IH2 technology, inside battery limit (ISBL)—the equipment and associated components (piping, etc.) that act upon the primary feed stream of a process—by KBR, Inc. (KBR). KBR is CRI’s preferred engineering services provider for commercial IH2 facilities. KBR’s experience with the technology components of an IH2 processing facility will assist in de-risking the commercial scale design. KBR is a leading global engineering, construction and services company. The client intends to source a broad range of forest residues as the design feedstock. IH2 hydrocarbons produced from woody biomass currently meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications for their respective fuels, positioned for the US market as an E10 gasoline fully renewable product, or as a 100% renewable diesel. Third-party testing of the IH2 woody biomass derived neat (R100) kerosene cut, for global jet specifications. Jet A-1/JP8 indicates that the material meets these specifications for the properties tested to date. Ongoing research indicates the technology’s ability to achieve European Standard (EN) high-quality blend stock or potentially drop in renewable gasoline and diesel specification hydrocarbons from this company’s intended feed slate. The IH2 technology is an efficient conversion route for woody biomass and forest residues feedstock that allows for production of clean transportation fuels from renewable resources. The process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, IL. CRI Catalyst Company of Houston, Texas has been granted exclusive worldwide licensing rights. CRI Catalyst Company is the global catalyst technology company of the Shell Group.

Tallman M.J.,KBR | Eng C.,KBR | Choi S.,SK Energy | Park D.S.,SK Energy
Petroleum Technology Quarterly

A discussion on KBR'S Advanced Catalytic Olefins process for enabling increased propylene production from straight-run paraffinic feeds covers features of KBR FCC; straight-run paraffin feeds for the ACO process; ACO performance; recovery scheme; the ACO catalyst that was developed by SK Energy that specifically convert naphtha with high yields of propylene and ethylene in a fluid-bed-type reactor; and commercialization of the ACO process. Source

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