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The Oil Industry 2020 – Winners, Losers And Everything In Between

Athletic endeavors, especially team sports, can be rewarding to participate in or watch at any age.  Developing teams and players includes conditioning, diet, mental training, and finding the right “mix” of players to form the winning team.  Soccer, Baseball, Rugby, or Basketball teams play an array of opponents.  Very few teams in history complete a […]

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Multidisciplinary Approach To Improve Reliability Of A CATOFIN Unit

…with contributions by Chuck Becht V In this difficult era of decreased margins and rapidly changing markets, onstream reliability is critical to the success of operating facilities.  Achieving high onstream reliability can be particularly challenging for complex systems like a CATOFIN® Unit.  The CATOFIN® Unit pairs extremely high operating temperatures with a complex control system […]

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Becht Welcomes Mel Larson To The Team

Mel Larson, formerly Principle Consultant at KBC Advanced Technologies has joined the Becht team.  With over 40 years of experience in refining and technical consulting working for Marathon and KBC, Mel is an FCC/ Alky SME as well as has extensive business planning and optimization expertise. He has broad experience consulting internationally including South Korea, […]

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Becht Donates 18,000 Masks to Local Communities

Becht’s core value of “One Team – One Dream” extends beyond business to our neighbors and friends, especially during times of crisis.  COVID 19 has created market instability, domestic and international travel shutdowns, quarantines and multiple difficulties that have rippled through our global communities. During these challenging times, we often find that those most in […]

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COVID-19 – Bringing Innovation, Resilience And Self Reliance To Address A Frightening Situation

The introduction of the COVID-19 virus has changed our world overnight. This frightening event has shut down our economy, closed schools, put new rules into our society and as of today resulted in more than 74,000 deaths in the US. To put this in perspective just over 58,000 Americans died in the Vietnam war. The […]

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Risk Ranking Of Cracking Failures Of Duplex Stainless Steel (DSS) REACs In Hydroprocessing Equipment – An Update

Introduction This is an update to our previous blog on cracking of refinery hydroprocessing REACs made of duplex stainless steel:  View Original Post 2205 DSS (UNS S31803 or S32205) has been used in refinery hydroprocessing unit reactor effluent air coolers (REACs) since the mid 1980’s (1).  2205 was selected due to its good resistance to ammonium […]

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Becht Welcomes Robert Ohmes To The Team

Robert Ohmes, formerly Regional Operations Manager Americas at KBC Advanced Technologies, has joined the Becht team.  With over 25 years of experience in refining and technical consulting working for KBC and Flint Hills Resources, Robert has extensive business planning and optimization expertise. He has broad experience consulting internationally including Korea, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, India, […]

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Becht Engineering Co., Inc. Rebrands As Becht – Shorter Name, Same Commitment To Excellence

After over 55 years of delivering excellent engineering performance, Becht’s brand identity is changing, but the company will continue providing services and unique solutions to Refining, Petrochemical, Renewable and Power clients worldwide. (Liberty Corner, NJ – April 2020) After fifty-five years of providing professional services to Refining, Petrochemical, Chemical, Renewable Energy and Power clients worldwide, […]

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Becht Welcomes Tim Shepperd To Our Team

Tim Shepperd, formerly VP Technology & Consulting for HF Alkylation Consultants, has joined the Becht team.  With over 30 years of experience in refining and technology licensing working for ConocoPhillips and UOP, Tim has extensive knowledge of chemical and refining processes with much of his career devoted to HF alkylation units. As a licensing specialist […]

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