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BOC installs oxy-fuel burner systems at Johnson Matthey

BOC Gases : 12 August, 2002  (Company News)
BOC is working with Johnson Matthey Chemicals to improve the operational efficiency and environmental performance of their new rotary furnaces at its precious metal refinery with the installation of three BOC low emission swirl oxy-fuel burner systems.
Johnson Matthey has recently commissioned a new smelting facility at its precious metal refinery in Brimsdown, London. The new melting and refining facility, which recycles spent catalysts and other feedstock to recover precious metals, includes three new rotary furnaces fitted with BOCís LES burner systems. The oxy-fuel burners are designed to maximize heat transfer rates while minimizing pollutants such as nitrogen oxides.

'Since we installed the new furnaces with the BOC burner systems, weíve gained additional operational flexibility and have reduced gaseous emissions levels. This major refurbishment allows us to increase capacity and treat a wider range of input materials while improving our environmental performance,' said Lee Sweetland, smelting technical manager, Johnson Matthey.

The BOC LES burner uses a staged combustion approach, which allows the highly luminous, low-turbulence flame to operate at peak radiant efficiency. In addition, the burnerís flame-shaping technology allows it to produce stable flames over a range of oxygen-to-fuel ratios and firing rates.

'For years weíve worked closely with Johnson Matthey on oxygen-based technologies. Weíre very happy the good collaboration we enjoyed on this project resulted in the successful installation and commissioning of the rotary furnaces with these innovative burners and control systems,' said Ken Grieshaber, general manager of advanced combustion systems, BOC.

Johnson Matthey Plc is a speciality chemicals company focussed on its core skills in precious metals, catalysts and fine chemicals. It is organised into four global divisions: Catalysts & Chemicals, Precious Metals, Colours & Coatings and Pharmaceutical Materials.

The groupís principal activities are the manufacture of autocatalysts and pollution control systems, catalysts and components for fuel cells, pharmaceutical compounds, process catalysts and speciality chemicals; the refining, fabrication and marketing of precious metals; and the manufacture of colours and coatings for the ceramic, glass, paint and plastics industries.

BOCís metals market sector is a leader in designing and delivering solutions for the global ferrous and non-ferrous metals industries. In addition to a wide range of industrial gases supply options, BOC offers expertise in combustion systems and operating practice, an array of environmental protection applications, and unparalleled technical support and customer service.
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