Heat Exchanger Challenges with Light Tight Crude

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Energy consumption remains one of the largest controllable costs in oil refineries. Heat exchanger fouling can have a significant impact on energy efficiency and production loss. Asphaltene Precipitation is caused when refiners blend incompatible crudes. This is a major source of fouling and leads to performance limitations within days. Heat exchanger fouling is a major challenge for refinery operations. With the increase in crude blending from opportunity crudes such as tight oil, the traditional “manual” monitoring approach may no longer be effective. This White Paper discusses how on-line monitoring and analysis can enable refineries to:

  • Better Understand Accelerated Fouling Due to Crude  Incompatibilities
  • Learn How to Use Online Monitoring to Detect Fouling
  • Identify Which Tube Bundles Require Cleaning