Before moving forward with the project, CIMCO took several challenges into consideration: MLF had limited production down time, compounded by the additional challenge of pumping down a very large plant consisting of 20,000 lbs of Ammonia. Supplying back-up cooling during the plant shut-down would be critical to maintain an inventory of $2 million of refrigerated product. This project would also be the largest desuperheater installation in Ontario.
The CIMCO team prepared an efficient solution that would meet time deadlines and get MLF closer to its sustainability goals. CIMCO had previously installed the refrigeration system at this plant, making them well suited to complete this task. Prior to this project, CIMCO completed a feasibility study to project the potential natural gas energy savings. This was accomplished by aligning system run time and loading with available system heat sinks. CIMCO then selected equipment for this project to take maximum advantage of available waste heat: a potable water Desuperheater from Doucette Industries. The desuperheater captures rejected heat from the refrigeration system and uses it to heat boiler make-up water.
CIMCO provided a one-stop, turn-key solution for this project, including the following services: equipment and piping installation, piping insulation, controls and electrical services, and system commissioning.