immediately, followed by the next two,
and, as they bring their tools in on their
schedule and need additional capacity,
we will put in the second group of four.
When the plants are built, we will not
only use the BSGS to back up the on-site
plant, but we will also use that for peak
demands. However, on the average, the
majority of the gas will be coming from
G&I: This was a unique challenge. What
about this installation are you proudest?
BF: One thing I am proud of is working
for a company with a “can do” attitude.
I have always been an idea guy and
the 8 patents on my wall say that I had
some good ideas. But after 26 years of
doing this, the hard part is not having
the idea, rather it is getting it implemented. And like I said, the rules of the
game are going to be different when
you are filling containers and can afford
to take down time vs. an on-site plant
where up-time reliability is the key.
G&I: On-site generation and reliability go
BF: Definitely. We have a group that actually looks at reliability and does a lot of
modeling. Much of this has to do with
what I call sparing. We know which
things are going to have long lead times
and of course you can put the spares on
a shelf, and then, obviously, you then
have installation down time. So one of
the things that we said was, if it is going
to be on the shelf, why not just install it.
So now we have what we call “built-in
spares,” so they are right there at a level
of redundancy. This is the way the space
program operates. The shuttle has three
computers, two of which are the same
and a third one that is a totally different.
So if there’s a glitch, the second computer might be affected the same way.
So they went to a third computer that
BF: We are in some cases double and
triple redundant in terms of the ability
to keep the gas flowing. And if something unforeseen happens and Murphy
comes into play, and a whole bunch of
things happen in a cascade failure, we
still have the BSGS backing up. Before
on-site generation, we filled the ISO, the
ISO filled the BSGS and the BSGS filled
the pipeline. At Sanan, we integrated all
this. The plant fills the pipeline, the BSGS
fills the pipeline and backs up the plant
filling the pipeline, and then we threw
the storage tank into it as well.
G&I: Sounds complex.
BF: There is a high level of complexity from
a control standpoint. We need to pipe
it altogether and make sure it all makes
sense and make sure the flows go where
they are supposed to. Then there are
issues about contamination and dead-legs that could cause problems.
G&I: What is the space frame for this
BF: We are looking for both plants being
operational by the end of 2011. Hopefully, a year from now, we will have two
plants on-line, and there’s some moves
afoot here to potentially double that in
G&I: The LED market is growing rapidly
so there will be a constant need for
high purity NH3.
BF: Depending on what numbers you
want to believe, there will be between
20 and 40 percent compound annual
growth rate in the next 5 years. And
the governments of the world are
helping us. We have passed laws in
the US and so has the EU, UK, and
China. We are basically outlawing the
G&I: Bob, thanks for taking time to talk
to G&I about this very interesting
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