Petrochemical Refining

Services & Engineered Solutions
for the Refinery & Petrochemical Industry

Refinery Solutions

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

Feature Projects

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Modular Boilers for Canadian Oil Sands

Oil Sands Case - Babcock & Wilcox

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.

Petcoke Dewatering for US Refinery

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.

Refinery Waste Heat Boiler

CO Boiler Diagram

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.

Three-Drum Water Tube Boiler

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. 

Services & Engineered Solutions

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Refinery Aftermarket Solutions

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Catalyst Dust & Pet Coke Handling

Boiler Aftermarket (Upgrades, Parts, Services & Construction)

Electrostatic Precipitators and Aftermarket Solutions

Diamond Power® Boiler Cleaning

Field Engineering & Advisory Services

Field Engineering and Advisory Services for Refineries from Babcock & Wilcox

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

Refinery Turnaround Services from B&W

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


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.

Boiler Cleaning & Monitoring Systems

Sootblower Refinery

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

Hydrobin Catalytic and Dust 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

Cooling Systems

Cooling Systems for Refineries

Our experience includes wet cooling (mechanical and natural draft) systemsdry 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

Safety First

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.

Transforming Our World, Since 1867



The year 2017 marked the 150th anniversary of Babcock & Wilcox, the company that began in 1867 with one patent, two friends and an unwavering commitment to reliable and effective innovation. When Stephen Wilcox first avowed that “there must be a better way” to safely generate power, he and George Babcock responded with the design for the first inherently safe water-tube boiler, and the company was born. This challenge to continuously improve endures today.

We are a company built and sustained by employees with curious minds and persevering wills. We work hard to earn the trust of our customers and deliver value with the highest level of ethics and integrity. The generations of employees who continue the legacy — who realize they are part of something Big & Wonderful — are the reason we celebrate this incredible sesquicentennial milestone.