April 2001

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: HPI companies launch sour water study

Fifteen major refiners and engineering service companies have launched an industry-wide study to determine causes and solutions to refinery sour water corrosion. Sour water is ammonium bisulfide, a co..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Fifteen major refiners and engineering service companies have launched an industry-wide study to determine causes and solutions to refinery sour water corrosion. Sour water is ammonium bisulfide, a corrosive product from sulfur removal in refineries that has cost an estimated $50 million per incident in lost production and damages to several U.S. refineries over the past 5 to 10 years. The program is headed by InterCorr International, Inc., an international corrosion solutions provider, in association with Equilon, a refinery operation owned by Shell and Texaco. The study and resulting data aims to revolutionize refinery sour water system design and unit operations and save operators milli

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