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What's Your Lost Production Worth to You

What's Your Lost Production Worth to You

When renting a boiler one important factor to consider is location and where the boiler is being shipped from.  The location of the unit dictates transit time, shipping costs, freeze protection considerations and most importantly...your downtime and lost production.

Nationwide Boiler truly is "nationwide" and so are our boilers. We have many boiler storage depots scattered across the United States so our boilers can get to you as quickly as possible -  saving both time and money.  Ask yourself,  "What's my lost production worth ?".  The answer is “Nationwide Boiler”.

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CataStak SCR for Gas Fired Heaters Installed at TX Refinery

CataStak SCR for Gas Fired Heaters Installed at TX Refinery

Check out Nationwide Boiler's latest CataStak SCR installation on two gas-fired refinery heaters.  Nationwide Boiler's scope of supply included two of the following: insulated and lagged carbon steel reactor house, SCR DeNOx catalyst, stainless steel ammonia injection grid (AIG), and ammonia flow control units.  Complete system engineering and design drawings were also included.  Nationwide is currently waiting to receive final startup reporting figures to determine NOx removal levels.

 

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Nationwide Boiler's Rapid Response with Emergency Rental Boilers

This month twelve years ago Nationwide Boiler responded to an emergency call at Ground Zero. The horrific events in New York City on September 11, 2001 left many buildings without heat and other necessary steam-based facilities due to the destruction of the steam delivery infrastructure. The devastation of the area included a 20-inch steam main used for delivery of the steam to users. In order to restore activities around the damaged area of Ground Zero, facilities, including steam delivery, had to be replaced and temporary boilers were required.

Within hours of receiving the go-ahead for the emergency rental, shipping arrangements were made for a complete 140,000 lb/hr steam plant to be installed near the damaged steam main at Ground Zero. A 70,000 lb/hr trailer-mounted rental boiler was dispatched from the Nationwide Boiler East facility in Delanco, NJ, and a self-contained water treatment van and second rental boiler were shipped from the Nationwide Boiler headquarters in Fremont, CA.

Operating on a fast-track basis, the steam plant was delivered, brought on-line and readied for operation at Ground Zero in a matter of days. The system steam main was connected to temporary steam distribution lines, providing offices and residences in the area with heat and the other steam-based services.

If you are in an emergency situation and need temporary steam, Nationwide Boiler’s mobile rental boilers can be shipped immediately, worldwide. Download our emergency preparedness plan and contact us today at 1-800-227-1966.

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The Cost of Steam

Companies utilizing steam in their everyday processes should know their correct cost of steam for many reasons, all linking to improvement of the bottom line. This knowledge will allow companies to optimize operations and minimize costs, but many companies are unaware of and don’t account for all factors associated with the cost of steam. Some of these factors include the cost of fuel, steam operating pressure, percentage of makeup water/condensate return, and boiler efficiency. Lower fuel costs and a lower operating pressure will lead to a lower cost, and a higher boiler efficiency will minimize costs as well. Boiler efficiency can be calculated using the ASME boiler performance test code.

There are two methods used to calculate the cost of steam. The true cost of steam is calculated by using the loaded steam cost method. The loaded method provides a more accurate steam cost because it takes into account all aspects and expenses of steam production, rather than just the costs associated with boiler operation (as seen with the unloaded method). The unloaded steam cost method can actually be as low as half the cost found by the loaded cost method. Additional factors included in the loaded method include electrical power, chemicals, water and sewer, emissions payments, labor, management, operations, maintenance, waste disposal, and new projects.

For a more detailed explanation about steam cost calculation, check out the article in Process Heating Magazine.

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