Verification of SWS performance and capacity restoration

M. R. Tariq, Saudi Aramco
T. B. Abang, Saudi Aramco

A book by Lieberman1 stresses that it is essential to make existing units work adequately and efficiently. Equipment that malfunctions or operates inefficiently limits production and does not permit optimal energy and equipment utilization. This, in turn, leads to higher environmental degradation, not to mention plant downtime and lost production costs. Lieberman concludes that good troubleshooting and adequate repair of malfunctioning units are central to efficiently utilizing available resources.1 Due to an increase in the produced water feedrate at a Saudi Aramco gas plant, there was a need to install a new sour water stripper (SWS) unit to accommodate additional produced water. Based on


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