This was Critical Path. The client was aware that traditional water jetting contractors had their limitations when it comes to removing fouling from the tubes of a UOP CCR type catalytic reformer, especially when access to the tubes was only via a 24” man-way. Performance had dropped off but no-one knew whether the tubes or shell side was fouled. They took the choice of “let’s be ready for worst case scenario”. They needed a company with technology that could remotely drill severe blockages. Tube Tech’s research and development reputation to solve impossible cleaning problems helped make that decision especially as they believed that an incorrect feed had inadvertently passed through the tubes.
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Mike Watson, Managing and Technical Director: “On critical projects we always plan for fouling access or deposit anomalies. The clients decision was made easier by our commitment to fabricate a replica and demonstrate our ideas. We put ourselves out all the time and it really pays off.”
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