Given that a full third of the oil production and refining in the United States came from the Gulf Coast region, experts and economists were convinced the region would experience a near crippling blow to profits and output while refineries took weeks if not months to come back online. What they discovered instead was that industrial output actually increased at twice what they were expecting as the area rebounded from the storms.
Petrochemical and oil plants ramped up production in a big way, making up for the weeks in August and September that they were offline. Industrial capacity also hit its highest levels in months. This is especially important for manufacturing, since the majority of the nation’s supply of the chemicals that make up plastic and other plastic-like products also came from that region. Now that the region has rebounded, it is an important opportunity to take a look at what we can do to ensure we are making the most profit from the times ahead.
Solving issues such as flow conditioning or ensuring that gas/gas mixing, for example, is at its most efficient is critical to solve now before another severe weather event takes a plant offline or before an oil boom that creates such demand that a plant feels it can’t go offline to solve problems and risk missing out on the profits. Flow conditioners are critical to accurate metering performance, but many require significant straight pipe lengths to offset the limitations. However, our Komax Triple Action CT mixer is industry standard for conditioning flows. Installed immediately upstream of a standard perforated plate flow conditioner, for example, can yield as much as an 80% reduction in meter factor! Our Hi-Pass static mixer also has the lowest pressure drop while remaining at the top of the market in terms of mixing qualities, providing the highest mixing quality for gas/gas streams.
Get ready for the new boom in oil by ensuring your production facilities are taking advantage of the best, most innovative equipment in the field.