The United States Commerce Department has approved export of lightly processed U. S. oil, leading to the development of micro-refineries to process the ultra-light oil, known as condensate. Principal Technology Inc., a provider of total system solutions for natural gas, refining, chemical, process and manufacturing facilities, offers sulfur recovery units specifically designed for small capacity plants. Featuring the latest technology for sulfur recovery and pollution reduction, these SRUs provide the same results as larger systems while addressing the specific issues of small capacity, micro-processing operations.

Applying its expertise in SRU design, Principal Technology has created a modular platform for its small capacity SRUs. Fabricating modular components in the controlled environment of an off-site fabrication shop assures quality control and testing during the manufacturing phase. Completion of the units at a refiner’s site involves connecting components and final testing, reducing installation time and facilitating the short lead time required by micro-processing plants to be operational.

“Principal Technology has been engineering SRU systems for major refining and gas treating operations since 1997,” said Matthew S. Hodson, P.E. (Texas), president and CEO of Principal Technology. “We have applied what we learned and scaled it down to create effective, affordable SRUs to meet the needs of micro-processors.”

Principal Technology’s small capacity SRUs apply the best technological solution for each individual micro-processing operation, accounting for capacity and the relatively small amount of sulfur generated. With particular emphasis on heat conservation and temperature management, Principal Technology designs systems with high turndown ratios that can accommodate fluctuations in feeds for more flexible operation. Principal Technology carefully sizes equipment to maintain optimum process efficiency and meet the capacity demands of micro-processors while retaining operator access to all components for successful operation and easy maintenance.

“Now that the U.S. has widened its definition of what’s traditionally been considered a refined product eligible for shipping abroad there is increased development of small capacity refineries. Principal Technology is prepared to support this boom with our own micro-SRU products,” said Hodson. “Over the years, we have built a unique expertise in this area, and have delivered total engineering, procurement and construction services for SRUs in the one-half to 100 LTPD capacity. Regardless of size, our SRUs include industry-leading equipment and feature superior application and utilization of analyzers, instrumentation, and control schemes to enhance reliability and plant operations.”

About Principal Technology, Inc.
Principal Technology, Inc., located in Plano, Texas, is an established business serving the energy industry and manufacturing markets. The business units of PTI specialize in providing Sulfur Recovery and Environmental Systems, related Specialty Equipment, Modular Process Units, Engineering, Design, and Fabrication Services, and Control System Integration. Through its core competencies in the mechanical, instrument, electrical, process, and control system disciplines, PTI provides a special combination of high value engineering and design services with practical design-build capabilities to provide our customers with complete project integration.
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