December 2018

Maintenance and Reliability

Confirm best practices for compressed air in refineries

Within a refinery, four main utilities are considered essential to operations: electricity, natural gas, water and compressed air.

Jett, R., Valin Corp.

Within a refinery, four main utilities are considered essential to operations: electricity, natural gas, water and compressed air. If a refinery were to lose access to any of these utilities, it would be forced to shut down. Therefore, understanding the characteristics of each utility—including compressed air—and the equipment that is reliant upon them is crucial. Compressed air is an important element for many processes within the petrochemical and oil refining industries. First, compressed air acts as a medium for the transfer of energy, which is critical to power equipment such as drills, jack hammers and air-powered tools, among others. Compressed air is also used elsewhere in refinerie

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