The port authority of Port Arthur, Texas, has ordered a wet-surface air cooler (WSAC) closed-loop, evaporative cooler from Niagara Blower Heat Transfer Solutions for a refinery expansion project.
Niagara Blower, Buffalo, N.Y., will engineer and manufacture
the field-erected WSAC system to cool the Motiva Port Arthur refinery’s wastewater
streams prior to biological treatment during the hottest summer months without
the need for refrigeration.
The cooler has a redundant design and capacity control.
According to the manufacturer, WSAC technology provides the lowest possible
outlet temperature and requires less plot space. With a WSAC system, the
process stream is cooled directly inside the tube bundles, a heat transfer
technology that combines with elements of a heat exchanger and cooling tower in
a single structure. The spray water does not circulate through the surface
exchanger, so the cooler or condenser can use poor quality water as spray
makeup and reduce plant wastewater discharge.