Growth drives the need for advanced petcoke storage

With a growing demand for aluminum, steel and cement, the need for petcoke as a fuel for the producing industries is predicted to grow consistently in the coming years. This drives the need for storage facilities that meet the highest standards in safety as well as environmental responsibility and operational performance. How to expand at already crammed refineries, ports and production plants? By using vertical storage. Saving space was decisive for EPC Contractor KT to choose the Eurosilo system for the new coker unit at the INA refinery in Rijeka, Croatia.

Saving valuable space

By choosing to work with the compact vertical storage of the Eurosilo, KT was able to position the storage facility on premises near the new coker unit that they are building at the Rijeka refinery in Croatia. This saves them and end-user INA the huge costs of land reclamation at the seaside, where the production site is located. Compared to conventional storage in storage halls, the Eurosilo system reduces the required space to just 25% for the same amount of petcoke. Petcoke is derived from crude oil by means of a cracking process that takes place in the coker unit.

Hunutlu Power plant

Very high standards

As always the safety standards in the petrochemical industry are extremely high. But, same as with the Hunutlu Power plant, the location at the sea added a long list with specific requirements to that, to meet environmental issues. Due to the fully enclosed storage of petcoke within the silo no dust emission sources to the environment are present. Within the silo the flow of petcoke is contained within a telescopic loading chute. While stored, the condition of the petcoke is continuously monitored by gas detection sensors to ensure that potential risks are detected in an early stage. The system meets the standards by NFPA/ATEX regulations. In order to guarantee flawless output at the required rate, the petcoke silo comes with a redundant hopper system. The flow is controlled by vibrating discharge units to enable a consistent and reliable flow to the ship loading system. Ships can be loaded at maximum rate without any delays.

Building phase of the silo

ESI received the order to provide the state-of-the-art petcoke silo in 2021. All mechanical and electronical parts have been designed, produced, tested and delivered at the site. Currently the concrete civil structure is being constructed, which means the silo walls are slip formed onto the solid foundation at the construction site. Richard Spaargaren, ESI sales director explains: “Of course we are drawing on our experience with the awarded twin petcoke silos for Orpic in Oman. But the decisive factor – saving valuable space at plant sites – applies to many more producers that need to step up to the growing demand for petcoke in the coming years.”



Life Time Extension coal silos at Hamburger Energiewerke

Following the Life Time Extention (LTE) Program of Hamburger Energiewerke (HEw),ESI has started a renovation campaign for the two coal silos that will keep them fitfor duty for another decade. The 50.000 m3 silos were…

Shidongkou power station chooses enclosed coal storage

Recently we received the order for two 100.000 m3 coal silos to be built at the Shidongkou First Power Plant in Shanghai.

Three 100.000 m3 coal silos for the EMBA Hunutlu Plant

With three large coal silos for the EMBA Hunutlu thermal power plant in Turkey, ESI recently received the biggest order in its history.

Highlights Feasibility Study India

In order to offer NTPC Group in India detailed insight in the feasibility of replacing open stockyard storage of coal by enclosed storage, we completed an extensive study that compares both systems. One of the outcomes is a payback period...

The first petcoke has been loaded into the brand new Eurosilo in Oman

The commissioning of the twin silos system for Orpic, one of the fastest growing oil companies in Oman, is in full swing now. Two new large Eurosilos are now being loaded with petcoke. The first testing of the material handling will take place soon.

Tight schedule pet coke silos Oman

Under harsh conditions of over 45 degrees Celsius, the Eurosilo equipment is being preassembled outside at one of the refineries of Orpic in Oman. As the production of pet coke is about to commit, our focus is to keep pace with the tight overall schedule.

Short payback period silo storage India

In order to offer NTPC Group in India detailed insight in the feasibility of replacing open stockyard storage by enclosed silo storage, we recently completed and presented an extensive study. One the outcomes is a payback period of only a few years.

Two years of experience with the 100,000 m3 coal storage silos

Now available for download a informative silo storage article by Mr. Henri de Boer Manager Project Department and Mr. Mike Jacob Technical Power Plant Manager. In this article they are discussing the experience of two years of succesfull operation of...

Building The Brand

We recently decided to shift our proposition to the market towards our core value: expertise in material behavior and solutions that keep them flowing! This is part of an ongoing campaign to build the ESI Eurosilo brand by a clear...