More steam? Here comes the Atlas Copco Rental Team!

16 Юли 2020

Our customer, DOW Chemical Ibérica, needed a temporary substitution of steam. Together with our European Steam Experts, the team in Spain designed and installed a Total Solution capable of providing the requested volume of steam.

Location, Location, Location

ChemMed Tarragona is a major petrochemical, industrial, academic, logistical, and scientific cluster located on the Mediterranean coast in Catalonia. It accounts for 25% of Spain’s total chemical production. Dow Chemical Ibérica, located on the cluster, is one of the European subsidiaries of The Dow Chemical Company. The third-largest chemical company in the world and the largest in plastics. While our team had a large footprint to work with, we did have to take the constant coming and going of on-site traffic into account. On hand, our Steam Solution had virtually unlimited space available, on the other there were plenty of safety restriction to take into account. After careful calculations and designing, we installed an efficient, safe, and easily accessible Steam Solution that consisted of the following setup:
  • 3 x steam boiler
  • 1 x 200kW electrical superheater
  • 1 x steam dryer
  • 1 x steam silencer
  • 1 x large feedwater tank
  • 2 x light fuel oil tank (60m³ +20m³)
If you’re thinking “that sounds like a large setup” you are not mistaken.

A complete Total Solution

You probably know what a steam boiler is, but you might be less familiar with the other things on the list above. Here is a brief explanation of some of the less obvious equipment. A “Superheater” converts saturated or wet steam into superheated or dry steam. Superheated steam is used in, for example, steam turbines or steam engines but also when steam network is large. The Steam Dryer is necessary to dry limit condensation as much as possible, to increase the efficiency of the Superheater. Last but not least, the Silencer, admittedly, is a little obvious. It enables us to commission the installation without perturbation on the customer steam network and reduces significantly the noise level of venting steam.

Although eventually the boilers were not started up, we met our costumer´s expectations on designing the requested unit to fulfill their needs, as well as supply and install the Total Solution in record time. A successful collaboration!  

Thank you all for the great support, work, and service we had from Atlas Copco in this difficult situation for Dow. You really met our needs and time targets even though in the end we did not have to start the boilers. I have no doubt that Atlas will be on our list for future urgent needs.

Rocio Corcoba , Polyethylene Improvement Manager at DOW Chemical Ibérica

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At Atlas Copco, we have been turning industrial ideas into business-critical benefits since 1873. By listening to our customers and knowing their needs, we deliver value and innovate with the future in mind. Great ideas reinforce sustainable development. At Atlas Copco Specialty Rental, we team up with our customers to set up state-of-the-art temporary air, flow, steam and nitrogen solutions. Our passionate experts have extensive application and equipment knowledge. We understand our customers' needs and can provide a total solution for any industry, no matter if it is for emergencies or planned projects. We are a division of the Power Technique business area, headquartered in Boom, Belgium and offer specialty rental solutions under several brands around the globe.