January 2022

Heat Transfer

Maximize value and successfully revamp a fired heater

Fired heaters are facing scrutiny because they contribute to the global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).

Platvoet, E., XRG Technologies

Fired heaters are facing scrutiny because they contribute to the global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). For refineries and petrochemical plants focused on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it makes sense to target CO2 from fired heaters, since they usually have a fuel efficiency of 70%–90% and are a major contributor of the site’s overall emissions production. However, revamping fired heaters only to reduce emissions, whether for NOx or CO2, is unattractive for operators, as it does not generate additional value. A revamp that improves heater capacity, reliability and availability creates much more value. Revamping a fired heater can be a complex task, esp

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