GE's LoSALT* Simulator Software Upgrade to Curb Salt-Induced Corrosion, Effectively

By CIOReview | Tuesday, March 22, 2016

FREMONT, CA: GE has launched an upgraded version for its LoSALT* simulator software. The upgrade essentially meets two needs: measuring the salt-induced corrosion potential in oil refineries and, the need for instantaneous digital data. The new LoSALT Online and Onsite Amine Speciation technology enables testing of critical amine contaminants on-site at the refinery.

GE’s new LoSalt—also powered by GE’s InSight* Industrial Internet solution—garners automated and instant analysis. This, in turn, speeds up the process for delivery of data, which calculates critical parameters related to crude unit salting. Refineries implementing the digital tool can help reduce corrosion and fouling, resulting in improved efficiency of refinery operations. In addition, the unexpected release of hydrocarbons into the atmosphere and environment can be prevented by avoiding corrosion.

“Previously, refinery operators could only test on-site for a small number of amines and had to send samples away to a laboratory. GE’s new LoSALT Online and Onsite Amine Speciation technology now offers refineries a more accurate, comprehensive and instantaneous method of testing and receiving critical data,” said Amy Ericson, global leader, chemical and monitoring solutions—water and process technologies for GE Power.

The new LoSALT Online and Onsite Amine Speciation technology, together, have the ability to enhance protection level of the crude overhead system by providing a more clear picture of the salting and corrosion potential than earlier possible. It also affects the profitability chart, positively, by giving advice on changes to the tower yield profile after obtaining the impact of operational changes on salting and corrosion.