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Petrochemical & Refining

Clean power production technologies 

Leading Clean Power Production Systems for the Petrochemical & Refining Industry

Babcock & Wilcox has served the petrochemical & refining industry for many years by providing a wide range of clean power production technologies and aftermarket support services including parts, equipment upgrades and field engineering.

Services & Engineered Solutions for the Petrochemical and Refining Industry

Babcock & Wilcox has served the oil and gas industry for many years. From boilers for FCC gas cooling, carbon monoxide (CO), waste heat (WH) and auxiliary steam, to boiler cleaning systems, petroleum coke handling and electrostatic precipitators, our custom engineered technology solutions add value to your refinery operations. In addition, we can provide key turnaround scope development, field engineering support and construction services.

  • Power and steam generation
  • Air, water and gas treatment
  • Material handling
  • Turnaround projects and services
  • Technical field support and advisory services
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Modular Boilers for Canadian Oil Sands

Requirement: Modular steam supply solution

B&W Scope: 8 x 573,000 lb/hr TSSG™ boilers; designed with patented drum internals to handle low quality feed water

Result: Highly modular TSSG design gave customer on time startup of reliable steam generators.

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Refinery Waste Heat Boiler

Requirement: Waste Heat Boiler, Engineering Study and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Scope: ASME Section VIII Unfired Waste Heat Boiler System Supply

Result: Increased efficiency, increased unit reliability, decreased turnaround maintenance time

The project achieved successful startup with all performance guarantees met. As of this writing, the unit has been continuously operating (4 years) without an outage or performance issues.

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Three-Drum Water Tube Boiler

Requirement: Steam generation solution that could provide five minutes’ worth of water retention in case of a loss from feedwater pumps before a low-water trip to the boiler

B&W Scope: 115,000 kg/h (253,532 lb/h) elevated three-drum water tube boiler, dual low NOx burners, dual forced draft fans, economizer, control system

Result: Drum level didn't deviate more than 15 mm from set point during normal plant load swings. CO and NOx emissions well below required levels.

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Petcoke Dewatering for US Refinery

Requirement: Petroleum coke dewatering system

B&W Scope: Design and supply of Hydrobin® dewatering system

Result: Fully modular plug and play design allowed fast project installation.

Services & Engineered Solutions

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Field Engineering & Advisory Services

B&W's wide range of refinery engineering and advisory services go beyond the boiler to include pressure vessels, heat exchangers, piping, distillation towers and more.

  • CO, water-tube package and waste heat boiler inspections, repairs and troubleshooting
  • Tubing and retubing (including IHTE)
  • Burner diagnostics and modifications
  • Flue gas emissions advisory services
  • Distillation tower tray removal and installation, nozzle repairs, etc.
  • Pressure vessel / heat exchanger inspections and rerate design, modifications and repairs

Turnaround (TAR) & Construction Services

Expert field and construction engineers, knowledgeable in refinery operations, are available to support TAR scope definition, planning and execution.

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Boilers and Steam Generation

We are a global leader in supplying a wide range of boiler designs to meet targeted, challenging, long-lasting operational and performance goals.

  • CO boilers
  • Waste heat (WH) boilers
  • Water-tube package auxiliary boilers
  • Boiler pressure parts including tubes, headers, steam drum, generating banks
  • Combustion components including burners and ignitors
  • Casing, ducts, piping, and hardware

Boiler Cleaning & Monitoring Systems

Using steam, compressed air or water, Diamond Power® boiler cleaning systems are trusted to remove deposits, prevent boiler pluggage, and maintain boiler efficiency. For more than 100 years, our specialized designs and configurations have met customer needs for precision, reliability and efficiency.

Precipitators for Particulate Control

B&W's electrostatic precipitator technologies deliver maximum particulate removal efficiency with proven reliability and reduced operating and maintenance costs. And our engineered upgrades, quality components and replacement parts, and aftermarket services help keep existing ESPs running efficiently and effectively, regardless of OEM.

Catalyst Dust & Pet Coke Handling

B&W is the original equipment manufacturer of all Allen-Sherman-Hoff® (or A-S-H®) ash handling equipment, systems and replacement parts.

  • Large inventory of parts
  • Catalyst dust transport and storage systems
  • Coke crushing and deheading cars
  • Hydrobin® dewatering bin

Wet Gas Scrubbers for Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Emissions Control

Wet Gas Scrubber

Developed by ExxonMobil in the 1970s and now licensed by B&W, wet gas scrubbing technology removes particulates and sulfur dioxide (SO2) by intimate mixing of the flue gases with an aqueous scrubbing liquid. The technology can also be enhanced to meet tighter restrictions on nitrogen oxides (NOx) or particulate. This well-proven technology provides refiners with numerous advantages for maximum FCC unit availability.

Cooling Systems

Our experience includes wet cooling (mechanical and natural draft) systems, dry cooling systems and hybrid cooling solutions as dictated by site-specific requirements. We design plants for a wide range of project requirements such as high seismic and wind loads, vibration control, corrosion resistance, low-noise emission, sub-freezing operation, and seawater applications.

Safety & Certifications

The safety of our employees, the teams we work with, the customers we serve and the customers they serve are always our highest priority. Personnel at every level participate in training and ascribe to adopting our Target Zero safety program, focused on creating and maintaining an environment that is incident- and injury-free.

In addition to our own high standards for safety, quality and customer service, our dedicated personnel are also certified by various regulatory authorities and jurisdictions around the world. We are capable of and recognized for successfully executing projects for our refinery and oil & gas customers, meeting all industry and site-specific requirements.

Carbon Capture

We’ve been at the forefront of developing Innovative carbon capture technologies for several decades. Both post-combustion and oxy-combustion technologies are available for existing and new installations. In addition, our BrightLoop™ chemical looping technology is flexible and can be used for a wide range of applications. The process isolates carbon dioxide for storage/sequestration or beneficial use while producing outputs such as hydrogen, steam and/or syngas.

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