December 2011

Water Treatment Developments

Onsite water services help refinery go from idle to online

Assistance enables quick return to profitable production levels

McCloskey, C., Siemens

“It takes a lot of water to run a refinery and even more to start up a cold one.” —Charles McCloskey A major US East Coast refinery recently started up after a lengthy shutdown and overhaul. The refinery needed assistance in restoring the purified water flow to the facility. Engineers were called on to inspect and recommend repairs and upgrades to critical components such as the raw water clarifiers, filters and demineralization systems. The refinery was provided with a mobile reverse osmosis (RO) treatment system to furnish up to 1,500 gallons per minute of boiler feedwater required to restart operations. Water is a critical component of the refining process, with an

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