Petromax Refining Company
Petromax Refining Company is a new refinery in Houston experiencing high levels of Black Powder in all its process steams. The LPG product coming from cracker column was identified as a test project with high levels of Black Powder contamination lowering the quality resulting in lower value. Traditional filtration technology is unable to remove Black Powder to sub-micron level passing through each refining process, therefore it damages components and lowers LPG product quality.
A sample slip stream was used to test the capability of BPS Magnetic Separators upstream from the cracking tower in the refinery. The LPG was pre-filtered with traditional filtration before entering the slip stream.
|BPS Magnetic Separator||1”OD x 3 1/2” LMagnetic Y-Separator|
|Slip Stream Size||1/2” Sample Slip Stream|
|Slip Stream Flow Rate||5GPH|
|Time Period||14 Days|
|Particulate Size||1-100 Microns|
|Particulate Composition||50.5% Iron
23% Iron Sulphate
5% Magnesium, Calcium, Silica, trace of Aluminum
The test is a success in proving the efficiency of BPS Magnetic Separators removing ferrous and non-ferrous contamination to sub- micron levels to below 1 micron with no flow restriction.
The engineering team at the Petromax Refinery is conducting additional testing with the goal of installing BPS technology on the inlet pipeline to the refinery and on all key process locations including process water. This will significantly reduce the damage to the pumps, meters and process equipment and the finished products will be graded at a higher value. Mathew Caster, the senior production engineer states, “This low maintenance technology is easy to use and very valuable to us, it accomplished everything we wanted it to”.
January 1, 2015
Downstream, Hydrocarbon Fluids, Midstream, Refinery