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Therma-Flite Thermal Desorption System to Help Multinational O&G Company Reduce Refinery Waste Management Costs

By Business Wire News   


This week Therma-Flite, one of the largest providers of resource recovery technology, announced that one of the largest orders in the company history, a thermal desorption system with three process trains that include HOLO-SCRU® dryers and ELECTRO-SCRUs® together shipping at more than 300 tons, is due to arrive in Europe for one of the region’s largest multi-national oil and gas companies. Destined to be installed onsite at a refinery, the system will be able to process approximately 200 tons of material per day and will greatly reduce the volume and toxicity of the refinery’s diverse waste streams. Therma-Flite’s system uses a proprietary thermal process and duel screw technology to render the final material as non-hazardous and reduced to one seventh of its original volume, which results in a significant cost savings to the refinery. In North America the thermal desorption process allows refineries to meet RCRA regulation which allows the material to be delisted.

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The ELECTRO-SCRU(R) is a piece of Therma-Flite's overall thermal desorption system with three proces ...

The ELECTRO-SCRU(R) is a piece of Therma-Flite’s overall thermal desorption system with three process trains that will help one of Europe’s largest oil and gas companies reduce costs associated with managing refinery waste. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Our HOLO-SCRU® and ELECTRO-SCRU® system is a unique solution that helps refineries meet mounting regulatory, economic and environmental pressures,” said Joshua Scott, Therma-Flite COO. “New regulation increases the cost and scarcity of options for refinery waste disposal. There is no question that the economics and the environmental benefits point to our proprietary system as one of the best business decisions the refineries have. It’s a win win because, in addition to cost savings, our system is one of the safest there is for the operators who manage the equipment, and the resulting material is safer for the environment.”

“This is a game changer for refineries and a few years down the road, I envision this technology will be considered a standard best practice for refinery waste stream processing,” said Jack Blonquist, GM of Therma-Flite’s Services and Solutions business unit and long-time oil and gas waste management industry leader. “In an era where the price of oil is so dynamic, it is more important now than it ever has been for refineries to take steps to reduce costs wherever possible. Therma-Flite is one of the few companies that can deliver on an order of this magnitude and complexity from start to finish—this is because of our expanded manufacturing capacity. Our solution starts with R&D testing of the customer’s actual sludge material, which can vary in composition and consistency from region to region, and we have the knowledge to develop the best solution for each customer. In this case, we designed three process trains to meet the requirements of the customer’s diverse waste streams.”

Therma-Flite is one of the few companies that handles the project from start to finish including the upfront engineering, material testing, manufacturing of the TDU system in house and shipping. Once the systems arrive at the customer site, Therma-Flite’s multi-discipline engineering and services team guides installation, start up, commissioning and the training of operators who will run the system on an ongoing basis.

Because Therma-Flite’s TDU system has a small footprint, it is typically located onsite at any upstream E&P site or downstream or within the refinery location.

O&G companies report significant value in a number of ways:

1.) Volume Reduction – The waste is reduced significantly to a seventh of the volume

2.) Delisting Cost Reductions – Thermal desorption renders the material as non-hazardous, resulting in less hassle and cost of transportation and landfill fees

3.) Quality Resource Recovery – The oil is extracted through an innovative process and can be sold or utilized as the company would any other oil

4.) Mobility – When the application requires waste management at multiple locations, TDUs can be built as a portable system

5.) Safer for the Environment – With reduced toxicity and volume, the refinery is disposing of material that is less harmful to the environment and therefore the surrounding community

6.) Safer for Operators – One of the lowest oxygen emissions, a sealed chamber and less nitrogen required result in one of the safest technologies available for refinery waste management

About Therma-Flite:

Therma-Flite is a resource recovery company that builds innovative thermal processing systems that extract resources that would otherwise go to a landfill or to waste. With operations in several locations throughout the US, the company helps customers in NA as well as Europe and Asia, maximize the value of their waste streams in an environmentally responsible manner. For more information, visit

Marilyn Franklin, 214-957-8816


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