CUSTOM SENTINEL SOLUTIONS
You dream it. We build it. It sounds cliché, but this isn’t just a saying. When your application calls for high pressure, high heat, or any number of unique requirements, our engineering team can work with you to develop a custom solution to meet most needs. Recently the Knew Value team created custom Sentinel solutions for use in the Oil Sands of Western Canada. These solutions were specifically used for monitoring Recycled Cooling Water and optimizing Produced Water.
Recycled Cooling Water
Knew Value has designed a performance monitoring tool specifically for the Recycled Cooling Water stream in the Oil Sands of Western Canada. The Sentinel for Recycled Cooling Water. The layout of the skid finds its roots in the Sentinel for Cooling Water which is used for performance monitoring of open recirculating cooling systems in refineries and chemical plants. We have modeled the Recycled Cooling Water skid after the plant process of exchangers in series. The skid has the capability of up to 4 exchangers in series or 2 banks of 2 exchangers each. This allows for a number of different operating conditions to be modeled. There is a chemical injection capability designed into the skid for testing new chemistries and optimization of existing programs. All this is accomplished within the Sentinel Skid and does not require large amounts of chemicals for a plant trial or have the risk of adversely affecting the performance of the process. Following exposure periods the tubes can be removed and analyzed to determine metal loss and deposit characteristics as well as composition.
The Sentinel for Produced Water is specifically designed to provide a performance monitoring tool for the Oil Sands. Sentinel for Produced water will allow the optimization of existing chemical programs as well as the screening of new chemistries which are intended to improve heat transfer, minimize cleaning and insure maximum reliability and production. This skid was designed using the basic Sentinel configuation of “liquid to liquid” heat transfer at the skin temperature and velocity of the actual process. This provides a unique opportunity to closely model the process exchangers and reliably make treatment recommendations and operational changes.
The design of the Sentinel for Produced Water consists of 3 exchangers with Produced Water in parallel. One untreated and the remaining 2 have the ability to be individually treated. This affords us the opportunity to compare the effectiveness of treated and untreated systems as well as overlaying additional chemistry or increasing current dosage. All this is accomplished within the Sentinel Skid and does not require large amounts of chemicals for a plant trial or have the risk of adversely affecting the performance of the process. Work is underway to develop new programs and optimize existing applications in customer accounts.
Sentinel for Produced Water is currently deployed in the oil sands and is being used to increase performance and improve market share for representatives of Nalco. Geographical and industry exclusivity available upon negotiation.
“The Sentinel will be a critical part of the path forward for the chemical treatment and operation of Produced Water Cooling in the Oil Sands.”