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ExxonMobil Beaumont Chemical Plant Steam Integration Project. Industrial Energy Technology Conference ACC Energy Award – Exceptional Merit May 20 – 21, 2010 New Orleans, LA Terry L. Long. Beaumont Complex. Background.
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Industrial Energy Technology Conference
ACC Energy Award – Exceptional Merit
May 20 – 21, 2010
New Orleans, LA
Terry L. Long
With 10 feet of water in the plant, an epic restoration effort would be necessary, calling on all available Chemical Plant resources.
Hurricane Ike’s storm surge had inundated the Chemical Plant with saltwater.
Objective: Execute the Energy Project on a FAST TRACK basis
New Steam Export Facilities
Left to Right: Gerald Font, Gene Childress, Donnie Dickerson, Dick Townsend, Scott McCauley, Terry LongNot Pictured: Randy Stephan, Robert Taylor
This team’s efforts demonstrate ExxonMobil’s commitment to continuous improvement in energy efficiency and emissions reduction while also seeking opportunities to promote energy conservation.
Although the Beaumont Chemical Plant was recovering from devastating damage caused by Hurricane Ike, this team refused to accept a delay in implementation of an identified opportunity to complete an energy efficiency project: delivering medium-pressure steam from the Chemical Plant, to the Company’s Refinery next door.
Since Chemical resources were fully occupied rebuilding the chemical plant, the team requested the assistance of the Beaumont Refinery Task Force to install the 1,800-foot, 14-inch diameter pipe and instrumentation needed to transfer the steam. The Task Force fast-tracked design and construction, completing the project in just seven months, a month ahead of schedule, under budget and with zero injuries. Chemical Plant operations were restored in August 2009.
The benefits were immediate and significant. Net fuel savings are about $2.2 million per year, with a 2.5 to 3-point improvement in the Chemical Plant’s Energy Efficiency Index and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the Beaumont Complex of more than 16,000 tons per year.
The new facilities have the ability to greatly increase the steam export rate from the Chemical Plant to compensate for steam shortfalls at the Refinery. This came in handy during the first week of operation, when the Chemical Plant provided additional steam during an unplanned outage at the Refinery thereby preventing a production setback.
This Team’s efforts demonstrate ExxonMobil’s commitment to continuous improvement in energy efficiency and emissions reductions while also seeking opportunities to promote energy conservation.