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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