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