Plant engineers of industrial operations are always under pressure to maximise plant availability reduce maintenance costs, optimise fuel use and generally contribute to the sustainability of the operation.
Boilers, furnaces, steam generators, heat and power generators, etc are all susceptible to changes in fuel quality and the efforts of fuel suppliers to blend ‘new’ and ‘exotic’ fuels within national fuel standards. Couple this with the demands of modern equipment design and stringent emissions expectations, and engineers have a challenge to meet targets relating to fuel economy, emissions and sustainability. And it isn’t just modern equipment. Many facilities are obliged to operate and maintain much older equipment whilst satisfying the internal and external demands. In many cases the benefits of a high quality fuel are the same: generally cleaner fuel tanks; and a more efficient, cleaner combustion process.