November 2004

Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment

Consider fast-track solution to increase crude production

This Gulf-Coast refinery used an innovative approach to debottleneck wastewater treatment to raise site processing capability

Schultz, T. E., Siemens Water Technologies; Bennett, T., Calcasieu Refining

Calcasieu Refining, located on the Gulf Coast at Lake Charles, Louisiana, was challenged to expand processing production and comply with tighter environmental regulations. A wildlife estuary is located one mile away from this refinery's fenceline. The existing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) was 22 years old and severely space-limited. Using the advice and services of $1.2 billion water and wastewater treatment service provider, this refiner applied a multiphase approach to cost-effectively modernize the WWTP and increase water-treatment capacity (Fig. 1).  Fig. 1  

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