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The 7 Deadly Sins of Sulphur Recovery

Gerald Bohme / John Sames

The availability of information regarding the operation and optimization of Claus sulphur recovery units has increased significantly over the past years. For individuals involved in the day-to-day operation of the Claus unit, however, the sheer volume of information can often be overwhelming, and it is difficult to determine what is of direct importance to the plant performance.This paper attempts to reduce the topic of sulphur plant optimization down to its basics. Viewed in this way, it can be seen that there are only seven key items that can reduce sulphur plant efficiency, the Seven Deadly Sins of Sulphur Recovery. Each of these sevens sins is analysed in detail, providing some indication of typical losses in each case based on test results obtained by Sulphur Experts. Additionally, “worst-case” examples from Sulphur Experts’ files showing the potential for efficiency losses in each of these cases are also presented. This paper can be used as a simple checklist by sulphur plant operations and engineers to determine the potential for efficiency losses in their own facilities and conversely the potential for optimization of recovery efficiency.

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