Alfa Laval has inaugurated a PureSOx training center in Shanghai, China, featuring a full-size PureSOx exhaust gas scrubber. Though it will be focused on the training of commissioning engineers, it will also provide crew training opportunities for customers.
In addition to investing in PureSOx manufacturing operations, Alfa Laval is also working to expand its exhaust gas cleaning service and training resources.
As more PureSOx scrubbers are installed to meet the requirements of the IMO 20202 global sulfur cap, skilled local engineers will be required to commission them.
“As the need grows, both the availability and the quality of local knowledge will be essential in meeting it,” says Erik Haveman, Sales Director, Exhaust Gas Cleaning. “The Alfa Laval PureSOx Training Center in Shanghai will support both our global efforts and the preparation of commissioning engineers in Northeast Asia.”
Accurately recreating the onboard experience
With its full-sized PureSOx exhaust gas scrubber, the new training center gives Alfa Laval autonomy in providing on-the-job training to commissioning engineers. Trainees will no longer have to wait for a suitable vessel and installation, but will instead be able to hone their commissioning skills in an environment that is as close to reality as possible. This will ensure that they are fully prepared for the onboard work of bringing customer systems online.
In keeping with this thinking, the design of the open-loop system is based on an existing customer project. However, instead of being connected to an engine, the facility’s scrubber is part of a detailed simulation, in which no exhaust gas is used but values and signals related to the exhaust gas are accurately reproduced. Because the system has all of the real ancillaries, including valves and pumps, it does use a real flow of water, which is recirculated to minimize waste.
“We’ve shortened the scrubber a bit to fit it indoors, and there are plexiglass portholes and internal lighting that allow trainees to see the flow within the scrubber,” Haveman says. “But in all other respects, right down to the Alfa Laval Touch Control system, the look, feel and overall experience is exactly what it would be on board.”
Training resource for customers
Having the PureSOx Training Center in Shanghai will increase the speed and effectiveness of training Alfa Laval commissioning engineers during the ramp-up phase connected to 2020.
“This is an important step in delivering to customers, who depend on us to bring their systems into operation smoothly,” says Haveman.
For crew training, the unique setup offers an accurate onboard experience, but enabling a focus and calm that are seldom found on a real vessel.
“We invite all customers to Shanghai, whether for training or simply to see a PureSOx scrubber in person,” says Haveman. “When they visit, it will be our pleasure to show them how we train our own staff to meet their needs.”
The new Alfa Laval PureSOx Training Center in Shanghai, China