Major accident and failure of stationary equipment in the RFCCU

Seok, W., Lee, S., SK Energy

The four case studies cover component failures and multiple types of leakage: valve packing, expansion joint and corrosion.

Improve the operation of fired heaters

Malhotra, K., S&B Engineers and Constructors Ltd.

Fired heaters or “process furnaces” are used extensively by the refining and petrochemical industries. These heat transfer units generate the much needed process energy through the combustio..

HP Project Management: Energy efficiency: Getting in early pays off exponentially

There are many situations and circumstances when it makes good sense to pursue energy efficiency for industrial processes. But when is the best time for such action?Better operating practicesIn existi..

Multi-faceted approach on energy efficiency methods

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is a high-energy-consuming business. After cost for feedstocks, energy is the next largest operating expense for an HPI facility. Since the first oil embargo ..

Improve performance of exchangers in quench-water services

Lang, T., El-Hajal, J., Wieland-Werke AG; Provost, J., Technip

Dual-enhanced (DE) tubes are widely used in shell-and-tube heat exchangers (HEXs) in a range of industries. They have become a standard in multiple clean services for the hydrocarbon processing indust..

Automate furnace controls to improve safety and energy efficiency

Mickity, D., Phillips 66

Furnace firing is the biggest single operating expense in any refinery. Consider a medium-size refinery (250,000 bpd) that consumes 2,000 MMBtu/h. At a cost of $5/MMBtu, that’s $87.6 MM/yr being ..

BETE obtains ASME code certification for boilers, pressure vessels

BETE is the first spray nozzle company to obtain these ASME and National Board stamps.

Consider new steam system corrosion protection for refineries

Dale, T., Robinson, G., Rossi, A., GE Water & Process Technologies

New technology in volatile filming corrosion inhibitors and lower-salting neutralizing amines can provide cost-effective solutions for the steam-condensate system and minimize the risk of amine chloride salt formation.

Case study: Service life assessment of boiler superheater tubes

van Zyl, G., Al-Meshari, A., SABIC Technology Centre; Al-Shahrani, S., SABIC Technology Center

Boilers are used in petrochemical facilities to generate steam that can be used to meet process and utility requirements. Many industrial boiler designs can be shop assembled and are therefore referre..

Inspect steam reformers and catalyst tubes with infrared thermography

James, S., Thermal Diagnostics

Infrared thermography is a useful inspection tool to help locate problems in steam reformers while the units are online and fired. There are three main areas in a reformer that can be efficiently insp..