July 2010

Bonus Report: Water Management

Automation improves asset reliability for refiners

Several case studies illustrate how automating boiler systems can yield tremendous improvement in equipment uptime and lower total operating costs

Gerty, M., Nalco Company, Energy Services Division

Refineries have some of the most challenging boiler feedwater (BFW) systems; yet, boiler reliability remains critical in refinery operations. If a boiler is shut down unexpectedly, it can impact the onstream availability of an entire process unit and result in reduced production for the refinery. Three case studies will be presented that demonstrate how applying advanced boiler system automation can provide improvements in several areas including:• Increased boiler system reliability• Optimized energy and water usage• Reduced total cost of operations. Cost of water. There are many different variables that can affect the total system performance of a steam system. BFW quality,

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