The global halt on new build refineries means old refineries must clean up their act
With four out of five refinery construction projects facing cancellation,
oil companies have to look at new ways to extend the life of their older refineries and increase their productivity.
“Effective cleaning of heat transfer equipment is one way in which refineries can increase their efficiency and as an added bonus reduce their CO2 emissions,” says Mike Watson, Managing Director of specialist industrial cleaning contractors Tube Tech. “A small investment in innovative hydro blasting services as can result in dramatic increases in production, save millions in reduced shutdown times and significantly reduce carbon emissions”
Over 20 years, Tube Tech has successfully cleaned the world’s most challenging heat transfer equipment. Working across the world the company has worked with all of the large national oil companies through good times and bad.
Watson says: “There are many really ‘tired’ and under performing refineries across the world that are either no unaware of new cleaning technology or are simply happy to continue within their comfort zone, using the same old maintenance technology because it fits their budget.
“The cancellation of new constructions is going to put even more pressure on their production patterns.
“If the refinery owners are willing to ‘think outside of the box’ when looking at their maintenance plans then there are a number of ways in which production can be increased and most importantly bottlenecks and unplanned shutdowns avoided.”
Working closely with global oil and petrochemical giants such as Shell, Total, BP, Sabic, ExxonMobil and Saudi Aramco, Tube Tech is constantly at the ‘coal face’ of the issues facing the refinery industry.