Thursday, February 23, 2012

South-Tek Systems Installs PSA Nitrogen Generator at Iraq Oil Refinery

The South Refinery Company, an Iraqi Government-owned oil company, is now using nitrogen generating systems from U.S. based South-Tek Systems at their Basra plant.  The decision to install these PSA N2 generators comes as the company makes repairs to their facility, demonstrating self sufficiency, ingenuity, and resourcefulness.

Wilmington, N.C., February 2012 -- South-Tek Systems announces its first PSA Nitrogen Generator industrial installation in Iraq at the South Refinery Company (SRC), an Iraqi Government-owned oil company in Basra. 

The South Refinery Company is in the process of undertaking a major modernization of its Basra refinery, and the company has already gained attention as making major steps forward in the economic self-sufficiency of the country.  Extensive repairs have already been completed at the facility, which is owned by the Iraqi government and overseen by the Ministry of Oil.  A feasibility study is currently under way to determine additional modernization and repair necessary to further utilize the refinery to increase the economic independence of Iraq, which is receiving worldwide attention (See:

In the coming months, South-Tek expects to host a delegation of SRC plant personnel for training in the operation and maintenance of the generator at their manufacturing facility in Wilmington.

"We are excited with this first installation in Iraq," says South-Tek's Military/Industrial Sales Manager, Charles Metzler.  "It has been a learning experience for our staff as well as for the end users in Iraq.  We have found the refinery personnel there to be quick to grasp the advantages of having the ability to generate nitrogen right where they need it at the plant.  They are motivated to learn as much as possible in order to successfully maintain and prolong the life of the equipment, given that there is limited access to parts and outside service resources in Basra.  We are looking forward to our continued communication with the SRC staff on these matters."

South-Tek Systems was founded in 1997 and has grown to become one of the leading Nitrogen Generator engineering and manufacturing companies worldwide.  Their commitment to quality, efficiency, and outstanding service has helped them expand their footprint to overseas markets including military bases as well as private and government owned companies. South-Tek Systems recently renewed their GSA contract through 2016 and they were honored to have their N2 GEN compact Nitrogen Generator system pass the Expedited Modernization Initiative Procedure (EMIP Review) by the U.S. military in 2009..

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Charles Metzler
South-Tek Systems
2940 Orville Wright Way
Wilmington, NC 28405


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Thursday, February 9, 2012

How Does a Nitrogen Generator Work? PSA Technology

South-Tek Systems is a leading engineer and manufacturer of Nitrogen Generator systems used around the world for numerous applications.  Our systems help businesses and US government operations reduce costs, increase safety, and improve efficiency. 

A Nitrogen Generator produces high purity N2 gas at the point of process safely, reliably, and efficiently.  From portable and compact systems to large, high output systems, Nitrogen Generators allow businesses, property owners, and government operations to produce their own source of N2 gas on-demand.

There are two technologies we use here at South-Tek System to create our Nitrogen Generators: PSA Technology and Membrane Technology (we'll discuss Membrane Technology in detail in a future post).

How Does a Nitrogen Generator Work - PSA Technology

Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Technology works this way:
  •  A carbon molecular sieve (CMS) adsoprbs oxygen and water vapor molecules under high pressure while allowing nitrogen to pass through
  • A sieve bed pressure vessel is filled with the CMS
  • The sieve bed is then pressurized with air
  • O2, CO2, CO and other molecules are captured and held inside the CMS
  • N2 molecules are drawn off into N2 receiving tank
  • O2, CO2, CO and other molecules are flushed from teh CMS by depressurizing the sieve bed
  • The CMS is flushed and cleansed, ready for new air
Here is a basic working diagram of a PSA Gas Generator System:

To learn more about how we utilize PSA Technology with our Nitrogen Gas Generators, please visit South-Tek System PSA Nitrogen Gas Generation Systems.

Contact South-Tek Systems today to learn how a Nitrogen Generator can benefit your operation: 888-526-6284.


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