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An FMC plant in Pasadena, Texas needed a desuperheater for use during an upcoming maintenance outage on its steam generator. When the steam goes down, the plant goes down. But plant engineer Kevin Hammock knew he could avoid a shutdown by "borrowing" steam at 150-pound pressure from a nearby co-generation plant. There was a problem, the co-gen steam would arrive at 475 degrees F, and the FMC application required steam at 400 degrees F. This issue could be easily solved with a desuperheater to turn down the temperature. Then, another problem arose — companies were quoting three and four month delivery times, and the unit was needed much sooner than that.
Croll-Reynolds solved the problem, quoting the required desuperheater for delivery from its warehouse in a matter of weeks. With the desuperheater successfully installed and tested, Hammock seemed pleased with the results.
"We are very happy with our new Croll-Reynolds desuperheater," he says. "It has performed as expected, desuperheating co-gen steam from 475 to 400 degrees F for use in our plant."