Fired Heater / Furnace Coils Cleaned in Trinidad

Mock up remote tube tech location system Fired heater header outlet Fouling found within fired heater tubes Morning cleaning information

Innovative Techniques used to Clean Furnace Coils

Following a successful “Joint Funded” trial at their UK headquarters Tube Tech cleaned, de-scaled and even unblocked all tubes on two fired heaters/furnaces on one of the largest single train methanol plants in the world, located in Trinidad.


  • Methanol is toxic and volatile.
  • The first time the fired heaters had been cleaned and inspected around all the bends within such a short time frame during a plant wide shut down.
  • Each fired heater had 140 tubes with 20 bends per tube
  • The majority of the iron oxide blockages were located in the bottom bends.


  • Joint funded trials enabled Tube Tech to develop a bespoke system that could locate the tubes remotely from outside the header box and negotiate through 50% of all the tubes within the fired heaters.
  • Due to the successful application the client has since incorporated a permanent scaffold structure to provide future access and cleaning of the fired heaters.
  • Tube Tech’s bespoke technology cleared full blockages from all bends even negotiating unexpected and substantial weld intrusions.

Tube Tech Comment

“Our unique Research and Development approach to creating new solutions to solve client’s critical cleaning problem has once again helped to save a multi-million dollar replacement cost. Our in-house research philosophy is setting a completely new industry standard, guaranteeing that we not only hit the ground running but achieve truly spectacular savings never before expected. Our team are now developing self-cleaning exchangers and fired heaters for a new generation of heat transfer equipment.”

Client Comment

“These guys were professional, open, honest and competent. They managed their time excellently and their house keeping was flawless. This was the first time we had cleaned these fired heaters and it was a pleasure working with Tube Tech.”
Client can be contacted via Tube Tech.

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