16 Sep 2019

How to use Aggreko Cooling Towers System In Your Refinery or Plant

Cooling Towers at industrial plants

How do you go about cooling huge quantities of wastewater from your refinery fast, to prevent operational delays without causing environmental damage or breaching regulations? 

What happens if unusually hot weather loads pressure onto your existing cooling system, putting production in jeopardy? If your cooling tower needs to be repaired or replaced? If you need to step up cooling, but only in the short term?

All of these issues create major problems for a refinery. Without a clear strategy for how you’ll meet temporary demand or specific cooling challenges as they emerge, you could be facing periods of diminished productivity, unplanned outages or even a complete shutdown. 

This is precisely why we developed Aggreko Cooling Tower Services (ACTS), our range of temporary cooling towers with capacities ranging from 100 to 10,000 gallons per unit (GPU). These can be installed and deployed rapidly and are designed to take up as little space as possible. 

Plus, they’re modular, so for larger projects, you can scale up capacity by connecting several towers, right up to a cooling capacity of 1,500,000 GPM. 

ACTS has become highly sought after across many different industries, not least petrochemical plants and refineries, who tend to value the speed with which our technicians can set up high-performing installations in a very short space of time.

For example, one of our refinery clients in the Gulf of Mexico called us after being hit directly by a hurricane and suffering severe damage to two of its larger cooling towers. The destruction had put the facility out of operation entirely.

Fortunately, however, they’d taken the time to develop a thorough contingency plan, in collaboration with our experts, which meant that our ACTS team could kick into action within hours of the storm passing. 

Within 10 days, we’d replaced the wrecked cooling towers with modular ones, powered by our generators and delivering a collective GPM of 100,000 - and had these performing at 100% capacity. This temporary installation kept the refinery fully productive until the damaged towers could be repaired and brought back into service.

Patterns of extreme weather, including heat waves and hurricanes, are rising all over the world. That increases the risk of emergency shutdowns and puts more pressure than ever on your cooling system every year.  To protect your business and stay competitive, it’s essential that you have a reliable backup solution in place to bring water temperature down quickly, safely and efficiently.