Case Study: Aggreko Process Services and Propylene Recovery

Aggreko Process Services and Propylene Recovery

The Challenge to the Customer

A Midwest olefins producer was experiencing limitations in the recovery section of their propylene unit. This was not only affecting production, but was also causing unwanted flaring of the propylene. A fouled heat exchanger was believed to be the problem and a plant outage would be required to clean the exchanger. This would require several days of lost production which the plant could not afford to take.

Aggreko's Solution

Aggreko Process Services was contacted to evaluate the need.  A meeting was held at the customer's site and several options utilizing Aggreko's rental heat exchangers were identified that could avoid the unscheduled downtime. 

Within 24 hours of the equipment arriving on-site, the project was online and meeting all process objectives.

The Benefit to the Customer

Aggreko Process Services reviewed the options available and recommended a solution that would meet the customer’s needs, was least intrusive to the plant for installation, and helped avoid an unscheduled shutdown.

The project has allowed the plant to maintain production until a scheduled shut-down of the unit can be coordinated. In addition, the plant has no longer been required to flare the propylene avoiding potential environmental penalties.