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Case Study

Chemicals company

Chemicals company was looking for a safe solution to help them to process purchased steam entering their facility.

Customer benefits


The chemicals company supplies environmentally friendly, flame retardant fillers and oxides to a rapidly growing market. To produce their highly specialised products, raw materials undergo a complex chemical process. This includes thermal conversions in large autoclaves that require precise and reliable temperature control.

As the company purchase steam from a nearby power generation plant, the steam is delivered at a temperature and pressure which is not suitable for the required process. The chemicals company needed a solution that would help them to process the steam entering their facility, consistently meeting Safety Integrity Levels (SIL). This would require specialist equipment that was both reliable and tailored for its purpose.

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The chemicals company brought in GESTRA to consult, providing technical steam and condensate advice. Their aim was to define what would be the correct equipment to use and propose a solution.

By exclusively using GESTRA’s products and engineering expertise, GESTRA were able to create a bespoke solution for this chemicals company. Introducing GESTRA's ZK control valve, KD desuperheater, TRS 5 - 50 safety temperature limiters, UNA 45 and VD pressure flash tank to their system, GESTRA were able to provide a reliable end-to-end solution for this chemicals company.

The design reduced the pressure of steam entering the facility and incorporated cooling technologies that provided a consistent, accurate and reliable temperature for their delicate chemical processes.


The chemicals company experienced additional positive outcomes through the installation of this solution. The inclusion of GESTRA’s ZK control valves delivered a safe and reliable pressure reduction of almost 50 bars, as well as correct temperature monitoring of the autoclave process.

A further benefit was the opportunity for heat recovery through condensate collected from the flash tank to be used for auxiliary services, thereby helping the company to save energy.

Due to a strong understanding of the chemicals and steam industry, GESTRA were able to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ solution.  From consultation to design and commissioning GESTRA provided this chemicals company with production continuity and peace of mind.

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