IOC goes for ABB''s heat exchanger

Chennai: ABB Lummus Global has been selected by Indian Oil Corporation Limited to replace an existing feed effluent heat exchanger in the catalytic reforming unit at its refinery in Mathura, India. An immediate replacement is necessary in order to maintain quality of products in the catalytic reforming unit built approximately five years ago by a third party.

The helitower heat exchanger is said to be a robust, economical and longer lasting alternative to the existing welded plate heat exchanger (WPHE) equipment. A tower with helical baffles provides advantages over the conventional tower, which include a reduction in size and surface area, meeting process parameters, and the ability to be installed on the existing structure. A similar installation has been in operation at the Bongaigon refinery for the last 17 years.

The equipment will be fabricated by ABB Lummus Global''s licensee, Larsen & Toubro Limited.