Refineries take raw crude oil and gas and convert them into refined sellable fuels. The refining process has numerous processes that require the addition of thermal energy. Refined fuels are required for a variety of markets. Watlow® works with it customers as a partner to solve many of their process problems such a coking and fouling by providing a cleaner and more reliable electric thermal solution.
Solutions that enable a competitive edge
Watlow solves many of the challenges within a variety of Crude refining application.
Using Continuous Helical Flow to Reduce Fouling
It would not be an understatement to say that fouling is one of the most costly recurring problems in hydrocarbon processing, and that it hits process heaters and heat exchangers the hardest. Fouling can have a significant impact on heat transfer across the heat exchanger surface, and so likewise on both overall operational performance and total cost of maintenance.
There is good evidence that preventing build-up is both safer and more cost-effective than detection and removal. While there are many ideas for preventing fouling build-up, it appears a major decrease in the fouling rate can be achieved by using continuous helical flow baffles (CHFs). While these have been around for some time, they have never been available in an electric heat exchanger/process heater. We now have new research showing that such baffles really do help maintain temperatures in a much tighter range, eliminating the dead zones and “hotspots” that produce fouling.
Watlow Global Projects
Zhoushan Petrochemical Complex
Thermal System Solution for PDH Reactors, China-2017
Borealis PDH Project
CCR Regeneration Heating, Nigeria 2017
Golar Hilli FLNG
Jubail Petrochemical Complex
Thermal System for H2/N2 Regeneration Saudi Arabia- 2012
Santos Basin FPSOs
Texas City, Texas
Wheatstone LNG Facility
Seal Gas Heating System Australia- 2014
Martin Linge Platform
North Sea, Offshore Norway