Alkylation limitations for Gulf Coast Refiner
The challenge to the customer
In the Spring of 2004 a Gulf Coast refiner contacted Aggreko to
evaluate cooling limitations within the alkylation unit. High
reactor temperatures were limiting production and causing a loss in
octane number and an increase in acid consumption. Demand for the
alky unit was at an all time high and the client wanted the project
completed and on-line as soon as possible
Aggreko Process Services engineers remained on-site to complete
the Process Design Package while the equipment was being delivered
and set-up. The PHA review and operator training were completed
prior to start-up of the project.
The project was started up without incident. Within a few hours
the reactor temperature had been lowered by 10 oF.
The benefits to the customer
This project has allowed the refiner to maintain the desired
production rates, increased the octane value by 1 octane number and
reduced acid consumption significantly. The comments from the
customer confirm the value that APS brought to the project.
“When Aggreko Process Services got involved with the project,
our expectations were exceeded. We were unaware of APS and the
expertise, professionalism and added value they bring to a project.
After our initial meeting we were completely confident in their
abilities and trusted their recommendations. Their commitment to
remain on-site to complete the final design work showed their
dedication to the project. It was a pleasure working with the APS
team and we look forward to working with them on future
- Refinery Plant Manager