Thermal Oxidizer Construction for VOC Emission Reduction in Texas

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Key Insights

  • New vapor return system and Thermal Oxidizer
  • Retrofit and addition of existing plant infrastructure
  • Tight timeline to meet Environmental Compliance date
  • Commissioning Support was provided to ensure Thermal Oxidizer was successfully FAT tested


The primary goal of this thermal oxidizer construction in Texas was to install VOC capture and destruction equipment (thermal oxidizer) to substantially reduce VOC emissions to the atmosphere. This project included modification of a tank farm, truck rack, warehouse, and rail spurs in addition to the installation of a thermal oxidizer, bladder tanks, and all associated equipment, piping, and instrumentation.

The Problem

The client needed our expertise to retrofit their storage tank farm to add a VOC capture and thermal oxidation system in order to meet a consent decree. The schedules for multiple client-procured major equipment items were critical path elements for construction.


Existing tanks and structures surrounding the tanks made the installation challenging. To ensure the timeline was met, design modifications and consultations with the designer of record and H+M’s engineering resources were required. Major equipment delivery timelines were tied to construction and therefore needed to be managed carefully.


The outcomes of the Texas thermal oxidizer construction project included the following:

  • Installation of 300 CY of concrete foundations
  • Installation of 45 tons of new fabricated structural steel
  • Installation of 3000 LF of carbon steel pipe
  • Installation of 400 LF of stainless steel pipe
  • Installation of thermal oxidizer, bladder tanks, support equipment, and instrumentation
  • Retrofit of existing tank farm platform to meet OSHA compliance
  • The client was successful in meeting their compliance date through successful commissioning and FAT testing of equipment, enabled by construction that met schedule and cost.

Project Comments

“The key to our success on this project was close coordination of construction activities and the design activities which supported it. We achieved the client’s goals through attention to detail and careful management.”
Patrick Grolemund
Project Manager - H+M Industrial EPC

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