Star Refrigeration came up with a swift solution when the failure of a heat exchanger threatened a costly break in production for AGC Chemicals Europe.
The problem at the plant in Thornton Cleveleys, near Blackpool, meant that AGC could not operate its Methyl Chloride process line. The process fluid needed to be cooled to -33C which required specialist equipment.
Aggreko provided two VLTC chillers for approximately 150KW of cooling at -33C, 2 heat rejection air cooled chillers, a low temperature heat exchanger which was connected into the AGC Chemicals process line, circulation pumps, a buffer tank and generators.
Rudolph Prince, Head of Engineering at AGC, said: “The thing that really impressed us about Star was the speed in which they reacted to our situation. We needed the equipment on site as soon as possible so we could start up production again with minimum disruption. It was all coordinated over the weekend, and the temporary solution allowed us to be fully operational again within a few days so we didn’t suffer from further downtime.’’
Star Refrigeration also offered advice on energy efficiency. The temporary solution provided turned out to be more efficient that the equipment which failed, delivering a more effective cooling process and allowing for a larger output. This allowed the site to catch up with the backlog of production from the downtime quickly once the plant was operational again.