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Petrochemical Applications


Maximising fired heater energy efficiency is a key consideration for designers and operators of oil refineries and petrochemical plants. The heat transfer surfaces of fired heaters (also known as process heaters or furnaces), waste heat boilers and auxiliary boilers must be kept clean with minimum operating costs to help increase crude oil throughput and process availability whilst conforming to the rigorous hazardous area requirements demanded. Clyde Bergemann sootblowers are designed to meet this challenge.

With over 85 years’ experience in boiler efficiency improvement and 40 years’ experience of on-load cleaning in the petrochemical market, our vast knowledge and expertise is key to our success in this market. Our proven technologies for on-load cleaning are installed in oil refineries and petrochemical plants across the world and as the demand for crude oil derived products increases, the need for more maximised throughput and increased capacity is clear.

Our experienced team of engineers ensure the highest quality of service is provided to our global customer base from initial enquiry right through to the commissioning of the equipment. In addition to this, our after sales team are on hand to provide quick delivery spare parts and product life extension services to global installations.

Energy costs represent up to 65% of the cost of running a petrochemical or refining complex. Fired heater fuel may be the largest component of this cost. Correct use and placement of sootblowers to reduce fouling can conserve the amount of fuel used and maximise heater efficiency.

In the petrochemical and refining industries, we can supply local sootblower control panels suitable for use in any typical hazardous area environment. Area classifications where our control panels are typically located would be in a NEC Class 1 Division 2 gas group C&D T3 or ATEX Zone 2 gas group IIC T3. All our control panels are supplied with the relevant hazardous area certification confirming the equipment is suitable for use in that Environment.