Cost Benefits

hiTRAN Thermal Systems offer a wide range of cost benefits, reducing both capital and operating costs for process plants.

When considering the cost of new heat exchangers, the total installed cost of the equipment will be considerably higher than the cost of the heat exchanger alone.  Installed costs are a strong function of heat exchanger size, weight and complexity.  Because hiTRAN Thermal Systems allow smaller, lighter and simpler heat exchanger designs, cost benefits are realised in many ways:

  • direct reduction in heat exchanger cost
  • reduced number of heat exchanger shells/bays
  • lower electrical installation costs for air-cooled heat exchangers
  • less piping, valves and instrumentation
  • lighter equipment
  • smaller installations
  • reduced transport and lifting costs
  • reduced maintenance costs

In retrofit applications, hiTRAN Thermal Systems will normally represent the cheapest solution available.  Rapid installation and the avoidance of changes to the plant structure allow more throughput, better heat recovery and improved performance at minimal cost.  Compared to the high cost of adding heat transfer area, hiTRAN Thermal Systems provide a very cost-effective solution.

Case studies illustrate cost benefits

Cost benefits are best illustrated through case studies such as those below. Full details of each case study can be found in CASE STUDIES >>

Distrigaz plant

(CS5) Enhancement technology minimises size, cost and number of bundles in triethylene glycol service for gas dehydration DISTRIGAZ

Angola, floating production

(CS20) Double enhanced helical baffle (Lummus-CB&I) / hiTRAN® design reduces size, costs and fouling on FPSO TOTAL OIL

Feed effluent exchangers on hydrotreatment unit in catalytic reforming plant

(CS21) Feed/effluent exchanger retrofit enables higher throughput and cuts energy consumption by 4.6 MW (full flow) saving US$233,000/yr LUKOIL-VOLGOGRADNEFTEPERERABOTKA LLC

Texas Tower

(CS19) Texas Tower (feed/effluent) retrofit upgrade delivers 15% increased throughput, 0.8 MW heat recovery and a reduction of 1700t/yr carbon emission from the fired heater RUHR OEL (BP AMERICA INC)