GE unveils new corrosion protection technology for refinery steam systems
The new technology is cost-effective, according to GE officials, and will provide corrosion protection of refinery boiler and steam-condensate systems while minimizing the potential for formation of corrosive amine salts in crude distillation units where utility steam is used in crude processing.
GE on Monday announced a new corrosion protection technology specifically designed for
refinery boiler and steam condensate systems.
The company says its Steamate low salt amine
(LSA) product series offers enhanced steam-side corrosion
protection while providing greater reliability to the crude unit
The Steamate LSA product series is made up of proprietary
blends of volatile amines in combination with GEs unique
corrosion inhibitor, according to the company.
The new technology is cost-effective,
according to GE officials, and will provide corrosion
protection of refinery boiler and steam-condensate
systems while minimizing the potential for formation of
corrosive amine salts in crude distillation units where utility
steam is used in crude processing.
Corrosion can threaten the reliability and safety of critical
refinery equipment, raise maintenance costs, reduce process
runtime and jeopardize product quality. In addition, corrosion
control is becoming more important as refiners around the world
turn to lower-cost "opportunity" crude oil feedstocks and often work to
maximize middle distillate production.
The GE Steamate LSA series offers a powerful dual
corrosion protection feature with a neutralizing amine package in
combination with the polyamine surface corrosion inhibitor to
provide enhanced corrosion protection in areas that have
historically plagued refiners, such as reboilers and users
of low-pressure flashed steam.
More importantly, the refiner will not be restricted in
operation because of crude unit distillation concerns around
corrosive and unwanted amines being introduced from the utility
GEs new Steamate LSA technology will
provide increased reliability and cost savings through
the reduced potential for corrosion failures and production
interruptions in boiler, steam condensate and crude
distillation units, said Ava Drayton-Elder, water
services global product management leader for GE Power &
Steamate LSA is ideal for refineries, as it
offers advanced corrosion protection technology.
Utilizing the latest version of GEs LoSalt
simulator software, the proven neutralizing amines in
Steamate LSA were chosen for both optimum cost
performance in the boiler and steam system and compatibility
with the refinery crude distillation process.
Specifically, they were selected to minimize the potential for
formation of corrosive chloride salt deposits throughout the refining process where boiler steam
is used in crude processing.