Minimizing equipment weight reduces the cost of offshore processing facilities. Because equipment specifications must consider non-steady state operations, KBR applies dynamic analysis to evaluate equipment design for the full range of operations covering initial startup, normal operation, turndown, shutdown, restart and variation in plant throughput.
The economic implications of poor steam system management could lead to serious problems at facilities. Lost revenue could be $400,000 to $800,000 for every plant trip associated with a steam system upset. If a steam system is not running at 100 percent due to bottlenecks, the amount of revenue lost could total up to $10 million per year.