Product/Service

Fast Tract Restoration

Source: NAO

Fast Tract Restoration
A complete restoration project for four refinery heaters with 138 company burners (ranging in age from 15 to 25 years) saved a major Houston area refinery more than $250,000 in 1996.
A complete restoration project for four refinery heaters with 138 company burners (ranging in age from 15 to 25 years) saved a major Houston area refinery more than $250,000 in 1996. Details in 6 page color reprint (Report BRM-1).

Within a three week turnaround all 138 burners were pulled out of the refinery and taken to the company's Texas Research & Service Center. Each old low NOx gas-fired burner was cleaned, disassembled and sandblasted. Repairs were made, as needed, and new parts were installed, only where necessary. New refractory was cast for each burner, primer and paint were applied; then all reconditioned good-as-new burners were returned to the refinery for installation

This Fast-Tract Restoration project saved the refinery several hundred thousand dollars. Initial plans were to replace the old burners. (New units with new dimensions could cause additional expenses and delays for heater modifications.) The restoration was a tax deductible maintenance expense. (A $450,000 purchase price for new burners would have been a capital expense.)

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