Fluid heating and pumping services, which ensure proper circulation and transport of fluids into systems, vessels, and pipelines, are very important in the energy industry. The FourQuest Energy fired heating units are coupled with a shell and tube heat exchanger using glycol as a heating medium. Our fired heating units are specifically designed to safely heat most liquids—even corrosive and severe chemicals—without worry. They have a thermal output of 8,000,000 BTU/hr and a maximum flow rate capacity of 500 L/min at 150 psig discharge pressure.
The units are able to adapt to every heating need in the energy industry, from contaminated ice melting in pipelines due to cold weather to heating boiler feed water for plant startup. Our fired heater can increase the temperature of water up to 50°C in a single pass and has a maximum outlet temperature of 120°C. The fired heating units have excellent thermal efficiency, are very safe, and consume only diesel fuel.
Applications within the energy industry for these units include:
Chemical cleaning fluid heating
Chemical cleaning often requires fluid temperatures up to 80°C for optimal degreasing and decontamination. The 8 MBTU/hr fired heating units are ideal for heating larger system volumes for chemical cleaning; required temperatures can be reached very quickly. Higher temperatures in chemical cleaning solutions mean faster reaction times and improved cleaning.
Warming of water for plant startup and process water heating
FourQuest Energy has a wide range of experience and capability in commissioning services. It is essential in the energy industry to ensure required temperatures are met for plant startup; our company can warm water for plant start up and maintain temperature for operations using our fired heating units. Circulation loops can be established between process water tanks and our heaters to maintain fluid temperature.
Tailings pond thawing and snow melting
The formation of ice and snow in pipelines and tailings ponds is a critical problem in colder climates. Preventing ice formation is essential for plant efficiency and maintenance. Our fired heating units are tremendous for pond thawing and contaminated de-icing services in pipelines. They can run for long periods of time—with basic equipment maintenance, they can run for the entire winter season. FourQuest Energy has had great success in pond heating and pipeline warming jobs during winter conditions.
Maintaining Temperature on Storage tanks for Testing
Fluid temperature is affected by various outside factors, such as weather conditions, ambient temperature, and pipe location. Certain temperatures need to be maintained when performing tests such as hydrostatic pressure testing; fired heating units can be used to achieve these temperatures. If piping or a tank has a minimum metal temperature to be met during testing, the use of a fluid heater will allow the test to proceed during marginal temperature conditions.
Heating Fracturing Fluids
Hydraulic fracturing uses certain hydrocarbons or water for injection that require various temperatures for maximum effectiveness. One of the major challenges of hydraulic fracturing includes heating fluids in cold weather conditions in order to prevent freezing of water. Our fired heating units can easily maintain heat for fracturing fluids for extended periods of time on down-hole sites.