Webinar Replay

Improving the Reliability and Performance of Fired Heaters

The Equity Engineering Group, Inc., January 23, 2023

Webinar Overview

A refinery or petrochemical facility needs fired heaters operating efficiently to maintain the safe and reliable performance of the entire facility. Applying a new risk-based inspection (RBI) module for fired heaters can assist owner-operators in identifying high risk equipment and improving the reliability and safety of fired heaters.

Inspectioneering teams up with E2G | The Equity Engineering Group, Inc. for our webinar, Improving the Reliability and Performance of Fired Heaters. During this webinar, Phil Henry, RBI and Process Technology Team Leader at E2G, and San Chhotray, Fired Heater consultant for E2G, will provide a broad and comprehensive overview of fired heaters and discuss some preventative maintenance techniques to improve operations.

About the Speakers

Philip A. Henry, Principal Engineer II, Risk-Based Inspection & Process Technology Team Leader at The Equity Engineering Group, Inc, is responsible for engineering consulting services in the areas of Pressure Relief, Heat Transfer, and Fluid Flow. He is a specialist in the design, installation, sizing, and selection of pressure relief devices and relieving systems, and has been the Chairman and Master Editor of the API Pressure Relieving System Subcommittee’s Task Force on API 520 for the last 23 years. He conducts audits of pressure relieving systems to ensure compliance with OSHA, PSM legislation, and ASME, API, and DIERs Standards, Codes, and Publications. He also teaches the official API Pressure Relieving Systems course.

Mr. Henry is actively involved in the development of technology for the API Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) methodology. He was the lead investigator of the re-write of API 581, RBI Technology and is still active in the API 581 task force on risk-based inspection. He is responsible for the development and implementation of RBI programs and chairs the software User group meetings for the API RBI software. Mr. Henry has developed a rigorous consequence analysis model to assess the impact of loss of containment from refinery and petrochemical fixed equipment. He also developed industry guidelines on performing risk-based assessments of process equipment, including pressure relief devices, heat exchanger bundles, and fired heaters. Mr. Henry is a certified instructor for the API 580/581 course on RBI.

Mr. Henry provides technical support and engineering consulting to all levels of refinery capital projects. He is responsible for the preparation of purchase specifications, design reviews, and the development and validation of approved vendors’ lists. He conducts project safety reviews for construction and pre-start-up phases of major capital projects. His responsibilities include developing and maintaining engineering specifications in the pressure relief and heat transfer areas and providing overall coordination.

San Chhotray, Fired Heater Consultant at The Equity Engineering Group, Inc, has over 40 years of experience in Fired Equipment in the refining and petrochemical industry. Mr. Chhotray worked for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering as a Fired Equipment subject matter expert (SME) responsible for process heaters, boilers, incinerators, flares, and the development of the Ultra LowNox Combustion Technology. Prior to joining ExxonMobil, he worked for BP Oil Corporation as the corporate Fired Equipment specialist for its worldwide operations. His responsibilities included: technical support to business units in design and operation, start-up and turnaround support; technology development and deployment; representation in industry codes and standards development committees; and training and development of new hires. Prior to joining BP, he held various technical positions in process design and heat transfer divisions of major Engineering & Construction Companies and in the capacity of vice president of a worldwide fired heater design and manufacturing company. Especially knowledgeable in areas of deep-cut design of vacuum heaters, grassroot design and revamp of coker heaters, reduction of Nox emission, increasing energy efficiency and improving operational combustion,​ Mr. Chhotray is currently retired and works as a Fired Equipment consultant to E2G. He is grateful to E2G for the opportunity to present this webinar on Fired Heaters Reliability.

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