Steam & Condensate Study

Conserve Energy and Water

EPCON develops a hydraulic model for each steam pressure level and each condensate system. We use leak survey data and plant flow and pressure data in combination with the hydraulic model to determine the root causes of low pressure and 2-phase flow in each of these systems. An extremely accurate overall steam and water balance is developed from these hydraulic models. From the field validated hydraulic models and steam balance we can determine the most cost effective approach to provide required design flow of steam to all users in the system and maximize the return of condensate. This engineering intelligence is carried through the FEED, detailed design, procurement and construction management phases to help ensure significant improvements in energy and water conservation.

Benefits of a Steam and Condensate System Study:

  • Identify and correct imbalances within each steam pressure level to avoid any unnecessary steam exhaust or letdown from a higher pressure
  • Determine 2-phase flow and recommend solutions to increase flow and improve process safety
  • Balance condensate flow between multiple de-aerators to increase overall system capacity and operating flexibility
  • Insure reliable supply of boiler feed water while maximizing return of condensate to save energy and reduce chemical treatment costs
  • Identify and quantify leaks in the system

Steam and Condensate System Study Capabilities:

  • Detailed heat and flow balance
  • Let-down station flow balancing
  • Condensate water hammer analysis
  • Determination of Hydraulic limitations, inefficiencies, and bottlenecks
  • De-bottlenecking studies
  • Improvement scenarios
  • Determination of optimal boiler tie-in locations for expansion projects
  • Leak survey with quantification of leaks on system capacity