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LPG Fuel Switching Applications

The term “LPG” in its broadest context refers to a group of refinery byproduct gases that may include the following compounds alone or in mixture: propane, propylene, butane, butylene, and isobutane1. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), more commonly referred simply as Propane, can be used for domestic, commercial and industrial applications.

Some LPG industrial fuel switching applications are:

  • Steam boilers dual conversions
  • Micro-cogeneration: combined heat and power (CHP) with micro-turbines
  • Electrical heat conversion

LPG Advantages:

  • Switching from distilled oil to LPG reduces green house gases (GHG) emissions by 22%
  • Switching electrical resistance to LPG reduces GHG by 73%
  • Criteria pollutant emissions are near 67% less than diesel
  • Minimum sulfur content
  • Impressive 17% reduction in CO2
  • Up to 30% fuel budget and maintenance cost reduction
  • Achieves complete combustion
  • Provides electrical kWh/kVA savings
  • Improve boiler thermal efficiency up to 15%
  • Reliable: Solid industry that can provide LPG locally

ESCOPR uses the following codes and standards for the design and construction of an industrial fuel switching application:

  • NFPA 58: Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum gas
  • ISA: Instruments Society of America Standards
  • OSHA: Occupational Health and Safety Standards
  • ASME: Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
  • ANSI B31.3: Chemical Plant and Refinery Piping
  • ASTM: American Society for Testing and Materials
  • PuertoRico Public Service Commission Regulations

The list below shows a few of ESCOPR’s implemented LPG Fuel Switching Projects over the years:

  • Abbott, Barceloneta
  • Patheon Pharmaceutical, Manati
  • Bristol Myers Squibb, Manati & Humacao
  • Pfizer, Guayama, Barceloneta & Vega Baja
  • Cervecera de PR, Mayaguez
  • Neolpharma, Caguas
  • Amgen AML-23, Juncos 
  • Pall, Fajardo
  • Century Packaging (Salchichas Carmela)
  • Danosa
  • Baxter, Jayuya & Guayama
  • Eli Lilly PR5, Carolina
  • Wyeth, Guayama

Contact ESCOPR at 787-782-7103 to request a FREE Energy Audit and begin receiving savings immediately!

Project Images:

Baxter, Jayuya
Phateon, Manati
Wyeth, Guayama
Amgen, Juncos
Abbott, Barceloneta
BMS, Manati

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