Case Study:

Recovering Condensate at a Formulation Unit


Pharmaceuticals

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Customer Details

A pharmaceutical formulation unit in North India
Problems

- Low condensate recovery (65%) due to inefficient electrical based system

- Low feed water temperature (70°C) due to venting of flash steam and condensate being pumped at a temperature of 70°C

- Safety hazard due to local flash steam

- Frequent overflow of condensate, increasing effluent load on the ETP
Objective

To recover condensate and bring down energy costs in the plant
Solution

Condensate recovery system comprising of FLASHJETTM pump and condensate recovery meter (CRM)
Benefits

- Achieved and sustained condensate recovery factor of 95%

Reduction in make-up water consumption, resulting in 3 water savings of 9000 m /yr

100% flash steam recovered to hot water system resulting in reduction of steam

Increase in feed water temperature by ~25O C; feedwater temperature maintained at 94O C

~4% savings in the annual fuel bill Reduced CO2 emissions ~1150 TPA