World's largest FCC power recovery train commissioned in February

In February, Valero Refining Co.'s Corpus Christi refinery commissioned the world's highest horsepower FCC hot gas expander, built by Conmec Inc., pictured above. A new compressor was also installed. The world's most powerful fluid-catalytic cracking (FCC) power recovery train, according to its designer and builder, has been installed at Valero Refining Co.'s Corpus Christi, Tex., refinery. The expander and compressor were installed during an FCC unit turnaround in February 1999. The new FCC hot gas expander is Conmec's model FEX-142 single-stage expander. It produces a record 50,000 hp (37.3 MW) at 3,600 rpm. This expander has about 40% more power...

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