Tube Tech faced several challenges winning the contract to clean a Vertical Combined Feed Exchanger (VCFE) otherwise known as a Texas Tower feed effluent heat exchanger at a petrochemical plant in central France . The client wanted a fast but effective clean without the waste generated by traditional methods.
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Mike Watson, Technical and Managing Director: “We won the contract on our proven track record for innovation in this field. With this particular contract we were challenged to develop a process that was faster, cleaner, safer, more cost-effective and produced less waste. The day before we mobilised, we were advised that a cleaning contractor had achieved a clean in 7 days in Australia so we were up against it from the start. With a few adjustments we not only achieved all our goals but exceeded the client’s expectations. As with all projects, valuable lessons were learnt and now feel confident we can clean similar sized VCFE’s in less than 2 days.”
A spokesman for the client said: “Historically, attempts using high-pressure jetting have taken up to 10 days to clean Texas Tower tubes. TTIL achieved a result beyond expectations and completed the project in 2.5 days and certainly lived up to my expectations. Lengthy downtime would have been expensive with the Texas Tower being at critical path.”
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