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Keeping it Safe - Gas Trains


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Maintenance budgets are among the first to be cut when companies need to decrease costs. Unfortunately, this means that critical equipment, such as the safety of combustion equipment, may be overlooked, specifically the testing of fuel trains.

Gas trains regulate the amount and the pressure of gas to the boiler's burners and are used to eliminate gas from entering the combustion chamber. This is achieved through a series of shut-off valves that are specifically designed to close when the combustion process occurs (through safety shutoff and blocking valves). Gas trains also include a series of pressure switches that prevent gas under pressure from entering the burner. If anything should go wrong, shutdown would occur immediately.

As crucial as gas trains are for the safety of the boiler, many facilities are unable to perform the preventive maintenance and testing work on the equipment as should be necessary to help decrease combustion incidents from occurring. John Puskar (Combustion Safety Inc.) has developed the following strategies that can help any facility to be proactive in the maintenance of fuel trains and combustion equipment. Overall, the goal of any safety program is to improve the reliability and life of boiler related equipment. These guidelines not only help to achieve those goals, but more importantly they help lead to fewer unplanned outages and improve the overall safety of plant personnel.

1. Most of the explosions and fire incidents, by far, have historically been due to human error. All of the safeties and interlock equipment in the world won't help if you attempt to bypass or jumper-out safety controls. There is no possible substitute for proper training. Training has to include mock upset and hazard recognition drills. Your site needs training even if you will have contractors doing preventive maintenance work.

2. Start-up and shutdown are your biggest risks. You need clearly written procedures that everyone understands and agrees with so that consistent, safe practices are in place with every shift and every employee.

3. Make sure that you do regular and complete interlock and fuel train valve tightness testing. Jurisdictional inspectors, even where they are mandated to be around, cannot be at your facility every day. Combustion equipment safety testing needs to be part of your organization's culture regardless of what it costs and what the perceived hurdles are. You should comply with code requirements for testing even if they are not enforceable in your area.

4. Create corporate guidelines for third party combustion equipment reviews and commissioning for newly acquired equipment or for major upgrades. Now that you see how little review and attention combustion equipment may receive from the time it's specified to when its really operating, you may want a dedicated professional review of the process.

5. Upgrade equipment for safety's sake. Do not wait for a problem and let attorneys dictate when this happens.
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QIS De Venezuela, C.A. - Nationwide's Newest International Rep

Nationwide Boiler Inc. is excited to announce the company's new Venezuelan representative, QIS De Venezuela, C.A. QIS has been instrumental in securing a new boiler sale to a refinery customer located in Venezuela and this new agreement not only helps Nationwide Boiler gain new opportunities in Venezuela, but it also aids in Nationwide Boiler's on-going efforts to develop relationships in additional regions within South America.

Jeff Shallcross, Nationwide Boiler's CEO explains, "This new partnership is well aligned with the company's global strategic initiatives. QIS' vast experience and knowledge of the Venezuelan market strengthens Nationwide Boiler's ability to supply boiler equipment to industrial end-users searching for a reliable source of steam in Venezuela."

QIS and NBI
Nationwide Boiler Sales Engineer Tim McBride with QIS' Freddy Lindarte

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Summer 2011 Steamlines

Check out the Summer 2011 issue of Nationwide Boiler's Steamlines. You will find some highlights of Nationwide's accomplishments this year, such as the addition of our new rep Thermal Energy, a recap from some of our company events, and an example of how Nationwide responds to emergency rental situations. To read more, check out the link!

http://www.nationwideboiler.com/pdfs/steamlines_summer_2011.pdf
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Thermal Energy Services Inc. Announced As New Representative

Fremont, CA, July 26, 2011.... Nationwide Boiler Inc. continues to expand internationally with the signing of its newest representative, Thermal Energy Services Inc. (TES), located in Alberta, Canada. TES provides industrial construction, maintenance and fabrication services for steam and power facilities. The company has extensive project experience in the oil, gas, power, and pulp and paper industries. This agreement with Nationwide Boiler Inc. increases TES' product offerings, which includes the rental and sale of mobile boiler rooms, trailer-mounted boilers and skid-mounted boilers.

Larry Day, Nationwide Boiler's Vice President of Sales & Marketing, states, "Thermal Energy's experience in engineering, construction, assembly and repair work to customers in Alberta and British Columbia will greatly aid in the creation of new boiler rental and sale opportunities. Their commitment towards complete customer satisfaction is a powerful asset and we look forward to a long-term partnership supporting both new and previous customers."

Founded in 2003, Thermal Energy Services is a multi-disciplined construction, design, procurement, fabrication and maintenance company. Their business model centers on private ownership, employee participation, performance measurement and complete customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.thermalenergy.ca.

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