Oreco, best known in the industry for its BLABO® and MoClean© systems for automated tank cleaning, now expand their product offering. The Oreco NitroGen™ system for on-site gas generation can now be supplied independently, in standard or customised configurations to suit a wide variety of upstream/downstream applications within the oil and gas industry.
Mr Michael Meyer, Managing Director at Oreco maintains: “We use and supply the NitroGen system ourselves for tank blanketing purposes. Our experience tells us that having your own on-site, on-demand supply of Nitrogen has many advantages – you become independent of suppliers, never run out of nitrogen, get it in exactly the quantity and quality you need at the push of a button, and so on – and so we thought we would share those advantages with the rest of the industry. You could also say that Oreco is all about making processes safer, about eliminating work hazards and minimising downtime, and that making Nitrogen readily available for applications other than tank inerting purposes is a natural next step for us.”
GREATER CONVENIENCE AND COST-EFFICIENCY
Mr Meyer points out that the system was designed with the specific objective of letting customers become their own Nitrogen suppliers, but on a scale where the systems can still be flexible and user-friendly. This entails certain restrictions on the quantities produced. “The NitroGen system will not replace e.g. tonnage distribution solutions. But for any task where you require flows of up to 500 Nm3/h and a purity of up to 99.9%, the NitroGen offers a combination of convenience, quality, and cost-efficiency that is worthy of attention. Just start by imagining the relief of not having to handle Nitrogen cylinders on a regular basis, and you will see what I mean. The potential application areas include vessel and pipeline inerting, pressure testing, oil well applications, offshore and sea carriers.”
TWO STANDARD OPTIONS
Having used the NitroGen system themselves for years already, Oreco has developed two standard solutions ideal for those who require a mobile Nitrogen supply. “For creating an inert atmosphere in tank cleaning, we use NitroGen systems mounted in 20’ HC containers. Being fully containerised, these units are self-contained and mobile. We have two versions in our standard range, the NitroGen 250 and 500 systems – the numbers reflect the maximum flow measured in Nm3/h. Both systems offer purities of up to 99%.”
CUSTOMISED SYSTEMS AVAILABLE
However, now that NitroGen systems are being offered for many diverse application areas, Oreco also expands the range of options available. Mr Mayer continues: “Our containerised standard systems will be excellently suited to many tasks throughout the oil industry, precisely because they are mobile and self-contained. However, we are very much aware that Nitrogen is used in situations where different conditions of space or system integration apply, so we also offer skid-mounted and trailer-mounted NitroGen solutions – as well as complete, stationary plants tailor-made to the customer’s requirements. The range of options includes Nitrogen purities of up to 99.9%, high ambient temperature tolerance, and much more. At Oreco, we are used to engineering solutions that match specific customer requirements for safety, quality, and capacity, so we are always happy to talk to customers about what they need – and how they can get it.”
All systems, whether standard or customised, are based on PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) technology, which was, according to Mr Meyer, chosen over membrane technologies for its advantages in terms of reliability, system lifetime, purity, and cost effectiveness.