September 2012

Special Report: Refining Developments

Successful fouling control hinges on effective monitoring

Equipment reliability, processing flexibility and energy conservation are key objectives for modern refineries. Refiners today are routinely using lower quality, more difficult to process feedstocks t..

Price, X., Teran, C., Vanhove, A., Casanova, J., GE Water & Process Technologies

Equipment reliability, processing flexibility and energy conservation are key objectives for modern refineries. Refiners today are routinely using lower quality, more difficult to process feedstocks that offer favorable economic incentives. Unfortunately, along with their lower cost, many of these challenging crudes often come with a significant increase in fouling potential. Fouling can result in severe economic penalties, from throughput reductions to complete unit shutdown, as well as increased energy consumption, lost opportunities, and significant safety and environmental concerns. Some of the typical problem areas include: Crude unit preheat exchangers and furnaces Hydrotreater

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