GE announced a new corrosion protection technology designed for refinery boiler and steam condensate systems. GE’s Steamate low salt amine (LSA) product series was designed to provide enhanced steam-side corrosion protection with greater reliability to the crude unit distillation process.
Water quality can significantly affect refinery operations, including boilers, cooling units and heat recovery systems, having a direct impact on the equipment. GE’s Steamate LSA product series is made up of proprietary blends of volatile amines in combination with GE’s polyamine surface corrosion inhibitor. This new technology provides corrosion protection of refinery boiler and steam-condensate systems, while minimizing the potential for formation of corrosive amine salts in crude distillation units where utility steam is used in crude processing.
Corrosion can threaten the reliability and safety of critical refinery equipment, raise maintenance costs, reduce process runtime and jeopardize product quality. In addition, corrosion control is becoming more important as refiners around the world turn to lower-cost "opportunity" crude oil feedstocks and often work to maximize middle distillate production. The GE Steamate LSA series offers a dual-corrosion protection feature with a neutralizing amine package in combination with the polyamine surface corrosion inhibitor.