Alfa Laval, Lund, Sweden, has won a $19.1 million plate heat exchanger order from a Brazilian oil company with delivery expected this year. The units will be installed at offshore production platforms, where they will be used for heat recovery in the main separation process.

Many of the offshore oil fields outside of Brazil contain heavy crude oil mixed with large amounts of water, which requires a lot of heat when separating the water from the oil. By using Alfa Laval plate heat exchangers, it is possible to recover heat from the process itself to heat up the heavy crude for efficient energy use.