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Tube Tech were called in to blast out blockages at an innovative waste engine oil recycling centre. Clogged up burnt oil was reducing capacity until our team carried out a thorough fouling removal project resulting in heat transfer efficiency improvements.

The Challenge
  • Whelan Refining Limited in Stoke is a waste oil re-refinery producing high-quality base oils from used lubricating oils. The only one of its kind in the UK, since 2007 Whelan Refining has recycled more than half a million tonnes of wate oil.
  • Whelan Refining called in Tube Tech when it was faced with badly blocked exchanger tubes. The company produces high-quality base oils by re-refining and recycling used lubricating oils from garages around the country. Built-up burnt oil was slowing down this vital work.
tube fouling
clean tubes after fouling removal
The Solution
  • Tube Tech sent a team of three engineers to use ultra-high pressure (UHP) technology to unblock the tubes and then polish to a very high standard. The work was carried out in just five days from order to completion.
  • The vital recycling of waste oil was back up to full-speed within days, enabling the family-run business to continue its work salvaging used engine oil and refining it back into a usable state for the market.

Is your facility suffering from reduced output? Contact our team today for a free technical evaluation to begin your journey to heat transfer recovery.