Higley T.,Cal Gavin Ltd Cal Gavin Ltd.
19th Topical Conference on Refinery Processing 2016 - Topical Conference at the 2016 AIChE Spring Meeting and 12th Global Congress on Process Safety | Year: 2016
In today's market the pressure on process plants to maintain production rates whilst keeping within allocated budgets is increasing. The long term trend identifies energy consumption as a major cost source meaning that energy reduction strategies can be employed to improve plant economics. One form of this energy is heat input which is transferred around the plant using heat exchangers. If the efficiency of such heat interchangers can be improved then energy consumption can be reduced with an associated benefit to the economics of the process for the same throughput. Utilizing heat transfer enhancement technologies is a powerful option to achieve reduction of energy demands. In comparison to the alternative of revamping or increasing plot space, the capital cost has shown to be significantly lower whilst achieving the same energy targets.