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Glycol Regeneration Skid

Glycol Regeneration Skid

Glycol Regeneration Skid

My field is using plunger pump to circulate LEAN glycol from glycol surge drum to glycol contactor. Does anyone know why vacuum happens in the suction of plunger pump? And how to take a sample of glycol if it is vacuumed? (Sample point locates in a pipeline from glycol surge drum to plunger pump - as a file). Thanks in advance

RE: Glycol Regeneration Skid

Most likely it is insufficient suction pressure, NPSH.
Hot glycol may also have high vapor pressure.
Both not good.
Is the pump being run at a high speed?
Also not good.

RE: Glycol Regeneration Skid

According to design, fuel gas purges into bottom of reboiler (connected with surge drum) and these drums vent to atmosphere so it’s hard to vacuum inside.
_ I think NPSH maybe due to scale precipitate in suction flowline.

RE: Glycol Regeneration Skid

Vacuum in the suction line does not mean insufficient NPSH, since lean glycol vapor pressure is very low. On the other hand, lean glycol is often contaminated with gas condensate with high vapor pressure. Calculate the NPSHa at pump suction ( dont forget acceleration head loss component) with condensate vapor pressure to see if you are in the clear. Condensate vapor pressure is the same as surge drum pressure.
If you need to collect a sample, you can also get it from the surge drum.

RE: Glycol Regeneration Skid

Plunger pumps can get difficult sometimes, as you must provide enough NPHS to overcome the plunger acceleration.

RE: Glycol Regeneration Skid

We cannot take a sample from surge drum under vacuum condition unless we close the vent line and build up pressure in surge drum (0,02 -> 0,2)

RE: Glycol Regeneration Skid

How is surge drum under vacuum pressure? Do you have a vacuum ( liquid ring pump or similar) on the vent condensor outlet(downstream of reboiler overhead)? The diagram you sent is not loaded properly; we cannot see anything.

RE: Glycol Regeneration Skid

Small vacuum pumps are readily available and can be used to get your sample. A syringe may even work.

RE: Glycol Regeneration Skid

Fluid temperatures are 90C?

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RE: Glycol Regeneration Skid

Sr for lately reply, We suspected that suction strainer was blocked so we opened for inspection.
Finally, we found that scale precipitated in strainer very hard

RE: Glycol Regeneration Skid

Then it was insufficient suction pressure after all.

RE: Glycol Regeneration Skid

Unfortunately, there’s nothing changed. We keep investigating still shutdown job and internal inspection surge drum.
Appreciate any ideas 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻.

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