Replacement of a Seawater Condenser

Transport of the shell-and-tube heat exchanger

EBNER successfully replaced a 60-ton heat exchanger in a salt production plant in the Netherlands within a three-week production break, overcoming challenging erection conditions.

  • Region: Netherlands
  • Type of Plant: Seawater Condenser
  • Services: Planning, Manufacturing, Erection

Replacement of a Heat Exchanger

A customer from the Netherlands sought EBNER’s assistance with the following issue:

A heat exchanger with a diameter of 3.6m and a weight of about 60 tons from a plant producing several hundred thousand annual tons of table salt and other salts needed replacement. The heat exchanger’s function is to condense up to 120 t/h of steam (vapour) from the last evaporation stage using 5250 t/h of seawater as a cooling medium.

Focus on Reliability and Time Management

In this project, the highest priority was given to reliability and punctuality, as the complete exchange had to be carried out within the annual production break, within a deadline of just 3 weeks. EBNER was able to draw on its entire know-how and experience from design, calculation, engineering, planning, manufacturing, erection, and commissioning.


Erection Under Difficult Conditions

The work was carried out under difficult conditions through an opening in the facade of the building at about 15 m height. The entire erection operation was completed on time and successfully by the skilled personnel of EBNER’s erection department within the production interruption in a 3-shift operation.

Pipe welding on the shell-and-tube heat exchanger
Erection of the shell-and-tube heat exchanger

Scope of Services by EBNER

The scope of services was defined as follows:

  • Thermodynamic calculation as well as calculation of strength and statics
  • Creation of the manufacturing drawing and planning of the new heat exchanger into the existing building
  • Manufacturing of the 60-ton heat exchanger in the production hall in Eiterfeld
  • Dismantling of the old heat exchanger and various pipelines
  • Adjustment of the steel construction and erection of the new heat exchanger, as well as some peripheral devices and connection of the pipelines
  • Commissioning
Tube bundle heat exchanger during lifting

EBNER – your competent partner in plant engineering

Due to many years of experience in a wide variety of industries and with a wide variety of solutions, EBNER is your contact to optimally carry out the process design, planning, delivery and assembly according to your needs.

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