Chemical & Refinery

Water plays a key role in Refining and Chemical Manufacturing

Oil & gas contain hydrocarbons that are refined (through distillation, boiling, condensation and other means) to remove hydrogen molecules in order to create the feedstocks used to manufacturer fuels and common chemical products that are used every day.

Refineries are amongst the biggest water users on the planet, because water plays a key role in cooling processes: every 50,000 barrels of oil refined generates almost 1-trillion BTUs per hour, and most of this heat is removed by water. Large refineries can require tens-of-thousands of gallons per minute to operate, and this is why most refineries are located near rivers or other waterways.

Chemical and petro-chemical plants invest billions each year in water acquisition, treatment and disposal. They require almost three pounds of water for every pound of plastics, polymers, and adhesives produced. Properly managing water & wastewater investments can save one-to-two percent annually – which adds up to hundreds-of-millions of dollars each year for larger chemical manufacturers.

Whether it’s a refinery or a chemical plant, the quality of incoming water can vary by storms or other man-made interactions, so it must be cleaned to remove organic impurities and to prevent micro-bio organisms from damaging the plant’s pumping & piping infrastructure.  Most plants reuse water (several times), but it must be cleaned again before it can be reused, or ultimately returned to its original source.

PulsaPro Hydraulically Actuated diaphragm metering pumps are used in a variety of water treatment applications – such as disinfection and pH balancing - in many of the largest plants around the globe.

PulsaPro API-compliant diaphragm metering pumps are also used in chemical feed applications – such as dosing thermal cracking or hydrocracking catalysts - that are needed to produce reactions in refining and petro-chemical processes.

And PulsaPro pumps are commonly used to meter corrosion inhibitors and anti-scaling chemicals needed to protect plant equipment.

There’s a direct correlation between the efficiency of the refinery and the cleanliness of the water used.

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Key Application: Chemical and Petrochemical