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Distributor / authorized representative that deals with supply & delivery of process heaters (helical coil or serpentine coil crude oil heaters) to industrial enterprises of Russia

Engineering company ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), Russia, has been successfully working with a number of Russian industrial enterprises at the local market for more than 20 years. Since the company’s founding, it has acquired immense engineering experience, market reputation, and has realized more than a hundred large-scale projects at the industrial plants in Russia. Our company is continuously in search of new business partners, who consider Russian market investment-attractive and want to boost their sales in the region, as well as expand their field of activities and enter a new international level.

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We are interested in cooperation with the manufacturers of crude oil heaters, who are looking for an official and reliable distributor that deals with supply & delivery of their equipment to the industrial plants in Russia.

The company’s top management and sales team are well acquainted with the Russian market, its mentality and laws; they also understand industrial specifics of the financial and economic activities of the Russian customers. All our sales managers have a large customer database, extensive experience of successful sales and well-established connections with the potential buyers of your process heaters. This allows our managers to promptly set out the most promising directions for promotion and to ensure a rapid entry of the products into the promising Russian market. Our employees, who are fluent in English and German, are focused on working at the international market with the supplies of foreign equipment.

Our team of experienced engineers, who can handle the most serious technical problems, constantly keeps in touch with the Russian customers, holds meetings and delivers presentations regarding the latest achievements of our manufacturing partners. They point out the engineering challenges and actively communicate with all the departments at Russian plants. That is why the specifics of doing a business in the Russian Federation are well-known to us, and we also know the equipment of the local industrial plants and their up-to-date modernization needs.

Once we become your authorized representative in Russia, our marketing staff will carry out a market research in order to check the demand for process heaters, will submit a market overview for process heaters that you offer and evaluate the needs for this type of equipment at local plants. Our specialists will also estimate the potential and capacity of this market at local industrial plants. Our IT-team will start developing a website for your products in Russian. Our experts will assess the conformity between your process heaters and customer needs as well as analyze the common reaction to the new goods in general. We will look into the categories of potential customers, and pick out the largest and the most promising plants.

Upon becoming your authorized agent on the territory of Russia, ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), will obtain certificates, if required, for a batch of the goods, for various types of process heaters (helical coil or serpentine coil heaters) in compliance with Russian standards. We can also arrange the inspection in order to obtain TR TS 010 and TR TS 012 Certificates. These certificates provides permission to operate your equipment at all industrial plants of the EAEU countries (Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan), including the hazardous industrial facilities. Our company is eager to assist in issuing Technical Passports for crude oil heaters as per Russian and other EAEU countries’ requirements.

Our engineering company ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), collaborates with several Russian design institutes in various industrial segments, which allows us to conduct preliminary design as well as subsequent design works according to the standards, construction rules and regulations that are applicable in Russia and other CIS countries. It also enables us to include your crude oil heaters into the future projects.

The Company has its own logistics department that can provide packing service, handling as well as the most efficient and cost effective mode of transportation of the goods (incl. over dimensional and overweight goods). The goods can be delivered on DAP or DDP-customer’s warehouse basis in full compliance with all the relevant regulations and requirements that are applicable on the Russian market.

Our company has its own certified specialists who will carry out installation supervision and commissioning of the delivered equipment, as well as further guarantee and post-guarantee maintenance of crude oil heaters. They will also provide necessary training and guidance for the customer’s personnel.

Advantages of Crude oil heaters used at oil pipelines

  • There is no need to use additives to be added to crude oil to improve its transportation properties. As a result, this significantly reduces costs for oil pumping.
  • crude oil is used as a source of energy for heating as well as a fuel for burners.
  • Closed-loop technologies are used to the maximum extent: flue gas recirculation, usage of continuously circulating non-toxic liquid heat transfer agent
  • High environmental friendliness of oil preheating plants
  • Oil heaters ensure pipeline process mode of operation, meet high requirements in terms of reliability, safety, automation and control level, operational and economic parameters.

Application of oil preheating furnaces and plants

  1. Oil transportation stations
  2. Oil and gas production facilities
  3. Chemical industry
  4. Oil refineries
  5. Oil-extracting sea platforms
  6. Oil and gas fields
  7. Food-processing industry
  8. Automobile industry

Types and kinds of crude oil heaters. Efficiency and service life

Oil heaters at crude oil pipelines (convection type heaters for sensitive to overheating liquids (like crude oil)). Crude oil is heated when it runs through the heat transfer coil preheated by convection gases.
Furnace efficiency: up to 94%
Service life: up to 35 years

helical coil heaters (to heat a media (thermal fluid) that in turn heats working medium or other equipment indirectly)
Heat release by heaters can be as high as 87-92%.
Performance: up to 70 million BTU/hour, 16.0 Gcal/hour; service life: up to 35 years
Fuel for furnace operation: oil gas, natural gas
Configurations: horizontal, vertical
Application: petrochemical, oil-and-gas and chemical industry

serpentine-type coil heaters (applicable to heat any liquids).
Used in chemical, petrochemical and oil industry
Performance: up to 75 million BTU/hour, 19 Gcal/hour; service life: up to 35 years

Overview of thermal fluid (hot oil) heaters

thermal fluid (hot oil) heaters  (HMO heaters) automatically maintain the operating temperature set by an operator accurate within 0.5% of the setting. At the same time, heat transfer agent temperature can reach 400°C at outlet. Thermal fluid heaters are equipped with multiple safety systems for operation within the required limits. If the operation data fall beyond the permissible limits, the heater is shut down automatically. Main working data, like burner flame, temperature of a heat transfer agent, exhaust gas temperature, hear transfer agent flow rate, and pressure of combustion air are continuously controlled during operation. Thermal fluid is a special nonflammable liquid, a mixture of water and ethylene glycol.

All elements and units in a heater are easily accessible for diagnostics and replacement. Pipe connections supply inert gases for flame extinguishing. Nozzle covers are fastened by bolts; therefore, oxygen cutting must never be used to replace spiral coils. Bolts and other parts are provided with coating protecting against corrosion and rust. Electrical equipment, motors and pipes are standard industrial equipment. At a customer’s discretion, centrifugal pumps for circulation of a heat transfer agent can be provided with mechanical face seal or cup-type seal or can be designed without seals.

Thermal effectiveness. Along with safety and reliability, thermal effectiveness is the most important characteristic of an thermal fluid heater. The heater reaches the theoretical effectiveness limit for two-pass heaters. The thermal effectiveness of these plants is 92%. The theoretical limit, 100%, is unreachable in practice due to unavoidable heat losses in a chimney, with moisture on walls. However, quantity of heat absorbed by a coil and quantity of losses through the housing can be varied by choosing an optimal design.

Design and scope of delivery

The coils used have a large heat exchange surface; as a result, smaller flux density can be used as compared with other designs. The diameter and the length of coils are fitted to prevent flare impingement onto a wall and to ensure optimal shape of a flare.

1. Power distribution board
2. Pump with a drive for combustion air delivery
3. Burner
4. Inlet fitting for heat transfer agent
5. End cover at a burner side
6. Gas recirculation system pipeline
7. Exhaust pipe with a cap for protection against precipitations and a protective screen against birds
8. Spiral coil
9. Thermal insulation coating made of ceramic fiber
10. Housing.
11. End cover.
12. Mounting lugs
13. Supporting slide made of steel
14. Rigid frame made of structural steel
15. Control panel
16. Inlet pipe for fuel
17. Frame extension for installation of a fuel pipe and burner control devices

Crude oil burner is installed at the end of the housing to provide flame along the central axle of a spiral coil. Its flame releases energy radially, while heating the internal part of a coil but without impingement on its surface. Hot gases flow outwards to the coil end. There, they are turned back, enter the annular space between the housing coating and the external part of a coil and heat its outer surface. Gases flow in opposite direction throughout the coil and leave through the flue. Heat from exhaust gases is used by the combustion air preheater resulting in higher effectiveness of a plant. One can choose an optimal burning mode based on the modular principle of control, thus saving fuel and reducing heat releases:

  • High-energy direct spark ignition with an ignition transformer.
  • Flame temperature detector with a metering orifice.
  • Combustion air blower with a tube, a dumper, a locally installed switch for low-burning air and a modulation motor with fire-resistant “low/high” switches.

Fuel. Fuel feed unit. Crude oil which is transported in oil pipeline is used as a fuel. This makes the work significantly easier and reduces operating costs.

Crude oil heat exchanger includes:

  • A tubular heat exchanger mounted on a frame
  • A two-pass pneumatic control valve for a heat transfer agent
  • A pipeline running towards the heat exchanger and backwards, and a bypass connecting the heat exchanger with the pump inlet
  • Thermocouples for the heat exchanger inlet and outlet, for crude oil.

Oil convection heaters. Overview

In this type of crude oil heaters, crude oil is heated while it flows through the heat transfer coil. The coil is preheated by convection gases that envelope an outer surface of the coils. Gases are recirculated to increase efficiency and limit radiation from the burner flame. The major advantage of this type of heaters is that it is possible to prevent overheating of liquid surface by the tube, thus making these heaters applicable for overheat-sensitive crude oil heating.

Due to the purely convectional configuration of a heat exchanger, the surface temperature on the tube wall can be strictly controlled. A heater can operate with the surface temperature that does not exceed the overall temperature by more than 2.8°C. The plant power is 0.8 to 40 MW. Heaters increase the crude oil temperature to the setting, which is specified by the customer, thus reducing oil’s viscosity and providing for conditions for further transportation by oil trunk pipelines.

Design. A burner delivering flame into an insulated combustion chamber is used in a convectional heater. Flame length is limited. Hot gases produced by the burner flame flow from the combustion chamber to the bottom part of the heat exchanger housing, where there are no heat transfer coils. Coils are in the top section of the housing, and they are not heated directly by the burner flame. Hot gases flow from bottom to top through the top section of the heat exchanger housing where heat transfer coils are placed. Gases envelop the surface of coils providing the convection heating.

A convection-type heater consists of the following main components:

  • A coil
  • A carbon-steel housing
  • A sight hole in the rear cover of the ventilating damper
  • A hole in the front cover for delivery of inert gases for extinguishing
  • Front and rear covers provided with holes for oxygen blow
  • Structural-steel slide and the supporting frame installed on it
  • Mounting lugs
  • A flue gas exhaust pipe with bottom flanged connections, a cap for protection against precipitations and a protection against birds

Crude oil combustion burner includes:

  • High-energy direct spark ignition with an ignition transformer
  • Flame temperature detector (based on lead sulfide) with a metering orifice
  • Combustion air blower with a tube, a dumper, a locally installed switch for low-burning air and a modulation motor with fire-resistant “low/high” switches

Fuel. Crude oil transported in oil pipeline is used as fuel. This makes the work significantly easier and reduces operating costs.

Heat-exchanger equipment

Upon becoming the official distributer of crude oil heaters, our company ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), carries out the following: finds the buyers of your products on the market, conducts technical and commercial negotiations with the customers regarding the supplies of your equipment, concludes contracts. Should a bidding take place, we will collect and prepare all the documents required for the participation, conclude all the necessary contracts for the supply of your equipment, as well as register the goods (crude oil heaters) and conduct customs clearance procedures. We will also register a certificate of transaction (Passport of Deal) required for all foreign trade contracts in the foreign currency control department of the authorized Russian bank so that currency transaction could be effected. If required, our company will implement an equipment spacing project in order to integrate your equipment into the existing or newly built production plant.

We are convinced that our company ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), will become your reliable, qualified and efficient partner & distributor in Russia.

We are always open for cooperation, so let’s move forward together!

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