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Process Plant Optimisation

Process Plant Optimisation

Benefiting from plant optimisation

With growing pressure to limit emissions and to minimise fuel and maintenance costs every plant operator is facing the same challenge how to maximise plant performance to capture the significant benefits that flow from such action.

The first step is determining current plant efficiency. The next step is to identify the areas and actions that will increase plant performance and formulate options. The final steps are to analyse those options to determine which are the most cost-effective, then determine the best path to implement the chosen options.

Identifying potential for improving plant performance

Through its process design services hrl: personnel can quantify the current performance of plant, its design performance levels, and potential for performance improvement. Analysis can then provide a window into why plant behaves as it does and to help to identify options for optimising plant performance.

Identifying and implementing the most cost-effective options

Modelling also allows modification options to be tested, performance improvements quantified, and the cost-benefit equation to be determined.

Specific areas where hrl: offers modelling in support of its plant analysis and optimisation services include:

  • Boiler design and optimisation
  • Optimising the performance of combustion and steam-raising equipment can present a challenge. Understanding the complex combustion processes within a boiler is key to achieving optimum performance. Operational analysis and sophisticated computer modelling are important tools in providing the analysis to determine the most cost-effective options for plant optimisation.

hrl; offers the experience and expertise to help your organisation understand the impact of combustion and radiant heat transfer within your combustion and steam-raising equipment, and to develop cost-effective strategies to optimise plant performance.

Process troubleshooting and optimisation

Success in troubleshooting and optimising performance can assist operators of steam-raising boilers in power stations and process plants to improve production and increase revenue. Challenges in eliminating the barriers to performance and optimising processes include understanding current and optimal plant performance levels and developing, selecting and implementing the most cost-effective options to achieve the improvements sought.

hrl: expertise and skills in operational analysis and applying sophisticated computer modelling play an important role in providing the analysis to determine the most cost-effective options for plant optimisation.

Meet the expert


Wide experience in process engineering mainly in the area of power generation systems, performance optimisation, gasification, minerals processing, process plant design and modelling and greenhouse emissions.

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