A manufacturer of nitrobenzene and other petrochemicals enhanced their column capacity and increased nitrobenzene recovery from the effluent with Munters’ high capacity valves and expertise.
One of the main finished products, nitrobenzene (NB), streams from the plant and is washed with water to remove dissolved acids. The resulting effluent water contains trace amounts of nitrobenzene, which need to be further stripped in the steam stripper to reduce the nitrobenzene concentration, thus reducing load on the effluent treatment plant (ETP).
The customer was in the process of revamping the nitrobenzene plant in order to increase capacity. They wanted to check if the existing steam stripper with valve trays, which have a capacity of 12m3/hr, could handle the effluent generated from revamped plant generating 16m3/hr of effluent after revamping.
Munters studied the existing stream stripper and concluded that existing trays could not sustain the increased load of 16m3/hr. Final bottoms from the existing column contained 1600-2000 ppm of nitrobenzene, this effluent resulted in increased load on ETP plant since the COD value was high. The pressure drop of the column was high, which led to increased energy consumption.
Munters suggested replacement of existing steam stripper valve trays with high-capacity valve trays to reduce the pressure drop across the column and increase the column capacity to 16m3/hr.
The column hydraulic ratings using high capacity valves trays was carried out. Munters had anticipated reduction of nitrobenzene concentration of effluent to 500-800 ppm level. Trays were then manufactured, supplied and installed.
The steam stripper with high capacity valves:
- Enhanced capacity of 16m3/hr.
- Reduction of nitrobenzene concentration to 600–1000 ppm level.
- Recovery of 300 kg/day additional nitrobenzene from the effluent.
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