As part of a relief valve study, a competing engineering firm recommended a major United States refinery to replace multiple relief valves and modify the associated piping on a column system in order to mitigate for a higher flare load. The proposed changes would have cost the refinery approximately $300,000. Unsure of the recommendations and associated expenses, the refinery reached out to Smith & Burgess to review the EPC’s findings.
Smith & Burgess’ engineers were able to recommend installing a SIL 2 System to eliminate the heat source and thereby mitigating the higher flare load.
The customer was able to reduce the higher flare load with our recommended solution which resulted in a cost saving of $250,000 and no in-field modifications.
- Facility Type: Refinery
- Services Provided: LOPA Review & SIL/SIS Design
- Money Saved: Over $250,000 Dollars
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