Essential cooling for a gas plant where gas is refined and condensed to fuel the National Grid needed a summer boost with an ICS Cool Energy individually-designed hire solution that met a series of complex needs and risk limitation.
As an energy conscious organisation, the site uses three large ammonia chillers on site to cool a shell and tube heat exchanger used in the central condensing process. But a chiller failure meant that the system struggled during the warmer summer months so a temporary equipment hire solution was needed to ease the pressure on the process, without compromising the supply of energy to the National Grid.
ICS Cool Energy’s experienced locally-based engineer visited the site to assess the environment and precise requirements before proposing the solution.
The secure site had a pre-existing concrete base, 20 metres from the process connections. ICS Cool Energy supplied two 760kW super low noise, screw compressor process chillers. These chillers provide Class A energy efficiency and offer the best part load efficiency. The chillers were also specially adapted to suit the aggressive coastal environment and have a footprint that fits within the existing concrete base so no special on-site modifications were needed.
Pipework was laid over a pipe bridge to protect the site’s live gas lines, supplying cooled water to an enormous existing heat exchanger with a 12mx1.5m diameter.
For the customer, it was essential that the chosen temperature control supplier had all the required ISO and industry accreditations and more besides. ICS Cool Energy was selected as being able to offer a total service – from system design and installation with staged quality checks, the latest available equipment and 24/7 support.
And, since the initial installation, the original four-month’s hire agreement has turned into a longer term solution which delivers the latest equipment that’s maintained regularly by ICS Cool Energy. The maintenance checks and process helps to ensure that the equipment delivers the best energy-efficient performance and the technical teams are on call 24/7, providing full customer support.
LONG TERM HIRE – BENEFITS
Long term system hire is increasingly attractive for businesses needing new systems but preferring to avoid capital expenditure:
- Tax efficient and easy budgeting and cashflow management
- Avoids the need for capital expenditure, freeing up opportunities for other business investments
- Equipment is always up-to-date to provide the most efficient operation
- Full emergency back up 24/7
- Peace of mind
“We needed a reliable supplier to meet the project needs with reliable, high quality equipment as well as provide ongoing support.”