The petroleum refining industry uses a wide range of processes, from separation, petroleum conversion, and petroleum treatment to waste water management. Each of these processes has its own challenges and all are made more complex by the variety of products and contaminants in the process. Two key areas, from the water management perspective, are cooling water and waste water treatment.
There are many industrial operations that are producing waste water and process water that is at risk of contamination with e.g. lubricating oils or cooling oils. There is also significant use of cooling water at risk of contamination through leaks in heat exchangers and condensers.
When ships discharge their bilge water the maximum level of hydrocarbons in the water is regulated by various Environmental Protection Agencies, for example there is a limit of 15ppm enforced by the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) in all international waters. Companies breaching these limits are liable to significant fines. Further regulations have been introduced to control the use of bunker fuels. The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the IMO has...
Offshore installations, whether it’s a drilling rig, production platform or FPSO, have some of the most testing operating environments possible. Operators must combine the drive to efficiency with their environmental commitments. Whatever analyzer you choose should not only match your needs and add value but must not take up valuable resources whether that’s personnel or consumables.