March 2021

Process Optimization

Specifying internals in sour water strippers—Part 2

Sour water stripping is a common process in petroleum refineries and other processes where hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is present.

Sour water stripping is a common process in petroleum refineries and other processes where hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is present. While not a revenue generator, the sour water treating system is a critical unit operation and can be a significant bottleneck to facility production rates—especially if it is not adequately sized, or if it is forced to operate at partial loads due to maintenance issues. As a result, a balance must be struck between minimizing capital costs, while still providing a reliable and flexible sour water treating system. Part 1 of this series, published in the February issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, provided a general introduction to sour water strippers (SWSs), a process

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