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How to select the ‘best’ fired heater for your operations

06.01.2013  |  Shahani, G.,  Linde Engineering North America, Inc., Blue Bell, PennsylvaniaRemster, J. ,  Linde Engineering North America, Inc., Blue Bell, PennsylvaniaMa, D. ,  Linde Engineering North America, Inc., Blue Bell, PennsylvaniaHashmi, O. ,  Linde Engineering North America, Inc., Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

With the fluctuation of natural gas pricing, it is important to evaluate technically feasible solutions and choose the most economical alternative. Ultimately, this leads to a simpler and more cost-effective solution.

Keywords: [fired heater] [natural gas] [emissions] [energy efficiency] [heat transfer]

Fired heaters are extensively used in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) to heat process fluids and generate steam. Typically, fired heaters consume the largest amount of energy in the HPI. In North America, while natural gas is presently relatively cheap, energy efficiency must be carefully evaluated. Furthermore, available fuel, utilities and steam have to be considered at a given manufacturing complex to develop the best possible long-term solution. During the conceptual design phase, detailed examination of various configurations can be very valuable in exploiting opportunities for process optimization. This will ultimately lead to a simpler and cheaper solution for the refining and petrochemical producer.

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Typically, five years for a heater that takes several months to fabricate and erect? I have been part of a team that fabricated the fired heater from Feyzin (Lyon) in 6 weeks, engineering included. It's, nevertheless, true, that it was a copy of the one that has...given up!

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