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Cambridge-based Airprotekt has supplied a Honeycat catalytic oxidation system to a medium-density fibre (MDF) board processing plant in Russia.

The air pollution control specialist optimised the Honeycat system for the abatement of phenol, formaldehyde and methanol vapours, which are given off during the industrial resin manufacturing stage of the Russian plant’s MDF production process.

The catalytic oxidation equipment was built, tested and fresh-air commissioned in the UK inside a dedicated ISO container before being shipped to the Russian site, which is located near the Ural Mountains, where the abatement equipment was connected to the process plant.

The catalytic oxidation system, which incorporates gas-tight sealing to prevent localised emissions of formaldehyde, also features high-efficiency ceramic insulation/fibre mats, which are designed to reduce heat losses and external surface temperatures.

The low-process flow rates featured at the Russian MDF processing plant allow a compact oxidiser design to be used, which can be built inside a standard ISO container complete with control and air-conditioning systems.

The ISO-container-based system enables the equipment to be provided as an almost-mobile application solution that can be moved from site to site.

The solution is also claimed to minimise system running costs.

Airprotekt has supplied a low-maintenance electrically pre-heated system that features low catalyst operating temperatures, which result in a low thermal stress solution that extends operating life.

The Honeycat system was also designed to enable quick start-up, which is intended to offer the processing plant the flexibility to run the air pollution control unit in conjunction with batch-based production runs.

Trevor Lawton, Airprotekt’s managing director, said: ‘The Honeycat air pollution control system was designed to withstand operation in the very extreme ambient conditions that are faced in Russia.

‘The system is capable of running at -50C in the winter and +30C in the summer.

‘The system has an expected availability of more than 99 per cent,’ he added.

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