November 2011

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HP Water Management: Don’t let water be the reason for a turnaround

Several years ago, while arriving onsite during another unit turnaround, I joked to a process engineer at the refinery “I get it. . . every time I ‘turn around,’ you have a turnaround.&..

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Several years ago, while arriving onsite during another unit turnaround, I joked to a process engineer at the refinery “I get it. . . every time I ‘turn around,’ you have a turnaround.” The site engineer was not amused at my clever play on words. Turnarounds are serious business. The goal of every plant is to maximize the interval between turnarounds. For most units, the limiting factor that controls the scheduling or turnaround interval is a process-related issue: the gas side of the high-pressure waste-heat boiler at the sulfur unit or catalyst changeouts in a reformer or FCC unit. For other units, the limiting factor is the utility water system. One of the guid

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