Increasing Reformer Operating Pressure

The preheated feedstock and high pressure steam (3-4 MPa) enter at the top of the primary reformer. The reformer pressure can be optimized by measuring the pressure profile, determining how close it is to the relief valve design capabilities and reviewing potential opportunities to raise it. When older equipment is in use, relief valves can be retrofitted in order to allow for a different pressure setting that is still safe for the equipment. By increasing the reformer pressure the need for compression at the synthesis gas compressor is reduced, resulting in lower steam use in steam driven compressor units, leaving more steam available to other units. Fuel is saved on the balancing (external boilers) (A2A Toolkit).

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Parent Process: Steam Reforming
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Assessment to Action (A2A) Toolkit

Developed by IIP, in collaboration with energy expertsat ICF Marbek, members of the IFA and experts in China, the A2A (Assessment to Action) Toolkit is a free suite of resources on energy management and technology best practices created for ammonia companies. The A2A Toolkit provides a first-order, high-level assessment to identify and prioritize energy efficiency opportunities. It does so by drawing on various assessment modules on technical best practices, management best practices (based on ISO 50001 standard) and productivity improvements.