Process equipment fouling in the petrochemical industry is an on-going, severe and costly problem.

Petrochemical processing includes cracking plants for olefin production to linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) catalytic process to alcohols and surfactants and a multitude of other processes. One thing they all have in common is that process equipment fouling in the petrochemical industry is a huge problem.

Fouling of equipment results in costly operational problems that include:

  • Reduced reliability and processing flexibility
  • Inefficient heat transfer and subsequent increases in energy costs
  • Excessive maintenance requirements
  • Potential safety and environmental concerns
  • Equipment damage
  • Reduced throughput

Petrochemical Applications

yellow-bulletThe quench oil/water units in cracking plants will foul with heavy high molecular weight species that will foul downstream units and fill the quench settler.

yellow-bulletAll the plants and units will become contaminated with high and low boiling point hydrocarbons that generate high LEL levels.

yellow-bulletMany of the products will be transported by railcars, which will require cleaning for inspection or change in service.

yellow-bulletAll these sites will have product storage tanks and transportation piping that will periodically need cleaning.

yellow-bulletUnits such depropanizers in cracking plants can foul with NORM deposits.

yellow-bulletMany of these plants will have solvent recovery systems that are high in VOCs and result in high LEL readings.

yellow-bulletLubrication and hydraulic systems will foul from degraded oil treatment chemicals and other product ingress.

yellow-bulletAir coolers (Fin-Fans) will foul on the air-side thereby reducing efficiency.

yellow-bulletSurfaces such as pump slabs, concrete parking lots, cooling tower basins and fill, etc. will foul with several products.

Our Chemicals for Petrochemical Facilities

In order to reduce the impact of these foulants, chemicals can be applied to decontaminate and neutralize the harmful contaminants. These chemical families provide cost- and time-effective solutions to common operational problems.

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FQE Solvent

FQE Chemicals dispersants and solvents are designed to target and decontaminate deposits according to their chemical makeup for rapid and effective cleaning.
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FQE H2S Scavenger

Our line of H2S Scavengers provide non-reversible elimination of harmful hydrogen sulfide gases in process equipment.
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FQE Pyrophoric Control

Provides a safe and effective method of neutralizing dangerous iron sulfide deposits on processing equipment to eliminate the hazardous fire risk.
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FQE NORM Decontamination

NORM decontamination products will remove Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material from contaminated equipment.
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FQE Degassing

Degassing products provide rapid absorption of dangerous LEL’s and other gases in tanks, towers, and other processing equipment.
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FQE Scale Control

Scale control chemicals are effective as dissolving difficult scale deposits that collect on common refinery and utility equipment that cause reduced production and system flow.
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FQE Degreaser

Degreaser products target foulants and provide efficient cleaning of oils and greases while ensuring safe working environments.

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