We helped expand capability to process a wider slate of crudes.
To maintain the integrity of their downstream equipment, a refinery client in the Midwest asked C&I to help them improve the removal of salts, solids, and water from their raw crude. This improved capability would also open up new types of crude to their operations, allowing them to select the most cost-efficient crudes available and grow their profit margin. The detail design would be a multi-disciplined undertaking for C&I.
After a preliminary estimating effort, we helped the client evaluate vendors being considered for the new two-stage electrostatic desalter system. C&I helped find the best location with the unit for the new desalters, and ultimately was responsible for the entire detailed design effort. We also continued to facilitate procurement throughout the project.
New installations included ten pumps (plus spares), two electrostatic desalters, a water surge drum, a heat exchanger (plus replacement bundle), an electrical power distribution center, and miscellaneous new equipment including seal water filters, sample coolers, firewater monitor, safety shower, and switchgear breakers.
As this refinery was a new customer, it was imperative for C&I to gain an understanding of the details of their operations and ways of doing business that differ from one refinery to the next. Our team was able to quickly adapt by building relationships with the company at large but especially with their professional peers on the client side. These relationships have strengthened over the years as the success of the desalter design project has made them a regular client of C&I to date.