December 2000

Misc

Stepchild of the plant – utilities

Plant utilities are often treated as the "stepchild" operation. HPI operating companies never make profits from steam generation and water purification. However, malfunctions in steam d..

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Plant utilities are often treated as the "stepchild" operation. HPI operating companies never make profits from steam generation and water purification. However, malfunctions in steam distribution, plant water (cooling, process and wastewater treatment) and power can interrupt unit operations, and possibly even shut down the entire facility. Utilities are cost factors that definitely impact profit centers. This month's special report investigates the drab, yet vital, plant operation - utilities. Hydrogen. Improving plant hydrogen balances are foremost these days, especially for refiners as they develop processing

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