Improved Heater Performance for the Refinery

Oxygen-Enhance Combustion
Oxy-fuel combustion is a great way of debottlenecking a heater with minimal capital outlay, ultimately improving heater efficiency and reducing NOX emissions.
Breathing Productivity into the Process

At Linde, we believe experience matters. We have been oxygen innovators for over 90 years and have worked side-by-side with leading refiners for over 60 years. We were one of the first companies to apply oxygen technologies to both FCC and SRU units and are constantly working on new technologies to help refiners work more productively. Our oxygen-enhanced combustion technologies are a flexible and low-cost way to increase productivity, decrease fuel consumption and reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. These technologies have been implemented in some of the largest manufacturing facilities in the world. That experience enables us to evaluate and implement oxygen applications in fired heaters with minimal to no downtime and with an ever-present focus on safety.

Using Oxygen Makes a Difference

Linde's oxygen-enhanced combustion technology is made possible by oxygen jets that are used to establish internal fuel gas recirculation, control flame pattern and length, and improve flame stability. By installing this technology, the heater flame is diluted, and the lower flame temperature will significantly reduce NOX levels by up to 50%. Furthermore, when you replace air-containing nitrogen with oxygen, fuel consumption can be decreased by as much as 30%.

No Heater Shutdown Needed

Oxygen-enhanced combustion technologies can be implemented without shutting down your heater. Our field-tested oxy-fuel technology can be implemented in three ways to improve heater performance: 1) enrichment of combustion air using a sparger, 2) replacing a portion of combustion air by inserting oxygen lances into the heater box or 3) total replacement of the combustion air burners with oxygen burners. Equipment required for installation is limited to flow control skids, small insertable burners or lances, or a sparger in the case of enrichment. The small amount of required equipment results in a system that requires little space and is low in capital investment.

Need more information?

Call us at 1.844.44LINDE (1.844.445.4633) or send a message using the link below.
Ask a question, Request a quote