News & Insights

The Becht Blog

In this section of the site contributing authors submit interesting articles relating
to the various services, industries and research & development efforts of Becht.

News & Blog

Quality Practices for Process Outages

This paper is an excerpt from the author’s contribution to a panel discussion at the Marcus Evans 9th Annual Chem/Petrochem & Refinery Shutdowns and Turnarounds Conference, August 2017 For continuous manufacturing or process facilities, unplanned production disruptions are extremely costly.  One way to avoid these is to make sure that all work done during planned […]

Continue Reading

Integrating Capital Projects Into a Turnaround Event

In the July 2021 online edition of “The Chemical Engineer” magazine, Gordon discusses how project teams are often blamed by turnaround managers for problems with meeting turnaround event schedules. He examines the key areas that need to be addressed when integrating a project into a turnaround event and highlights the point that these areas need to be discussed and resolved during the project […]

Continue Reading

Leveraging Enhanced IR and Decoking Process Optimization to Increase Heater and Unit Capacity

Editor’s Note: From the Top is a recurring column in Inspectioneering Journal that explores how di­fferent parts of organizations can partner in a collaborative manner to discover new efficiencies, improved equipment integrity and opportunities to capture additional margin. The year 2020 shifted the traditional mindset of much of our sector. In order to thrive, companies […]

Continue Reading

CorrExpert®-Crude: Corrosion Prediction and Material Selection for Refinery Crude Corrosivity Applications

State-of-the-art Cloud-based Decision Support Model drives enhanced crude processing flexibility and unit mechanical integrity through accurate, simultaneous quantification of naphthenic acid and sulfidic corrosion Refinery Crude Unit operations, characterized by significant process complexities and crude blend / fraction assay properties, have traditionally remained an area where accurate asset integrity and life prediction have been difficult […]

Continue Reading

Becht Process Advisors Participate In Q&A In Recent Issue Of Digital Refining

Participants: Doug Clarke, Al Keller, Jim Asquith, Sam Lordo, Bob Falkiner, Steve DeLude and Roberto Tomotaki To review the Q&A article in Digital Refining, please click HERE   We’d like to produce less light naphtha and more liquid fuels from our hydrocracker. How do we go about it? For changes mid-run with an existing hydrocracker catalyst load, […]

Continue Reading

Becht Experts Participate In Q&A In Recent Issue Of Digital Refining

Participants: Gerrit Buchheim, Mel Larson, Fred Lea, and Robert Ohmes To review the Q&A article in Digital Refining, please click HERE   We didn’t expect severe corrosion issues in the carbon steel of our amine unit. What’s causing it?  – Gerrit Buchheim Severe corrosion in amine units is not rare and should be expected.  Depending […]

Continue Reading

Becht Recognized By Great Place To Work® On Certification Nation Day

Becht is proud to celebrate Certification Nation Day, along with the community of Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies across the country. Great Place to Work® designates June 22 as Certification Nation Day to salute and recognize the companies working to create great places to work for all. “We hire great people that align with our […]

Continue Reading

Corrosion And Materials Challenges In Energy Transition

Global trends towards lowering greenhouse gas emissions has forced energy companies to reevaluate their operating strategies. The challenge is time and concepts to achieve a “net zero,” which means looking at alternative feedstocks and new processes.  These pressures are leading towards a global energy transition. While some biofuel processes have been around for approximately 20 […]

Continue Reading

Measuring Construction Rework & Delays In Sustaining Capital Projects

Evaluating Rework and Delays can help improve the Schedule Predictability of Construction Projects while reducing Costs The construction industry’s challenge in meeting cost and schedule budgets is greatly affected by rework.  A regional initiative in the early 2000s was tasked with developing a simple tool to capture and analyze field rework at major industrial construction […]

Continue Reading

Optimize The Performance, Output And Reliability Of Your Steam Methane Reformer

The steam methane reformer (SMR) is the most complex operation and equipment design in an ammonia, hydrogen, or methanol plant. It is also the most expensive single item of capital expenditure and the dominant energy and variable cost consumer in the plant. Most reformer operations have a ‘set & forget’ culture when it comes to […]

Continue Reading
1 2 34
Let Becht Turn Your Problem
Into Peace of Mind