Australian major updates 3,600 b/d HF alkylation unit

A storage tank below this HF reactor helps limit the leak duration should an HF leak occur. Photo courtesy of Caltex Australia Ltd.Click here to enlarge imageThe Caltex Oil refinery in Brisbane, Australia, upgraded its hydrofluoric acid (HF) alkylation unit at the end of 1998 to improve safety measures. The upgraded alkylation unit, operated under license from Phillips Petroleum Co., Bartlesville, Okla., carries a nameplate capacity of 3,600 b/sd. Caltex employed Phillip's Inventory Management Process (IMP) to manage the scope of the upgrade. Improvements included a new reactor-settler, elevated acid coolers, and a gravity-feed dump drum. Should an accidental release occur, a rapid ...

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