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Air Scrubber Technology Helps Cut Emissions from Tata Steel

Mar 18 2011 Read 1588 Times

Scrubber technology designed, manufactured and installed by ACWA AIR (UK), has helped Tata Steel achieve a 40% reduction in atmospheric emissions from one of its limestone kilns in Cumbria. Tata Steel operates four Maerz kilns at Shapfell, producing high grade lime for the iron and steel industries.

To control kiln emissions to specific levels set by the UK Environment Agency, each of the four kilns is installed with a wet scrubber, installed at the top of the plant, some 100 feet above ground level.

The four scrubbers have had their shells refurbished several times over their lifetimes, due to the abrasive nature of their operating environment - always ensuring that they achieved the required abatement levels. Recently, however, the scrubber on the No 4 kiln was in need of refurbishment and in line with Tata Steel’s pledge to minimise emissions on all their production processes, the company asked ACWA AIR what could be done within the constraints of the existing system to reduce emission levels.

Following a site survey, ACWA AIR recommended that, concurrent with the shell refurbishment, the existing process should be modified to integrate its well proven venturi slot tray technology within the process. This would be more effective than the existing scrubbing technology and achieve much higher collection efficiencies.

Working within the constraints of the existing scrubber shell, ACWA AIR was able to engineer a venturi slot tray which provided lower emissions of dust, whilst making use of the existing scrubber vessel. The system integrated with the existing water and effluent pipe-work and gas seals and did not, in any way, impose any significant changes to the operation of the lime kilns.

Following commissioning of the modified scrubber, independent tests have proved that emissions from the No 4 lime kiln are consistently 40% less than previous values recorded before the refurbishments. Tata Steel Ltd also reported no adverse effects to the production process or kiln controls.

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