5 days Rapid Clean Texas Tower (VCFE Platformer) in Philippines via Narrow Access

Platformer feed/effluent exchanger clean

Last cleaned in 2001 this Philippine Texas Tower needed cleaning to improve performance during their 2009 shutdown but time was critical.
Tube Tech used 3 Fast clean systems, specifically for VCFE tube cleaning, to quickly and safely remove 8 years worth of sludge, scale and blockages from within the tubes.

The Challenge

  • 3186 fouled tubes.
  • Fouling severity unknown.
  • Access to tube face via a 2 inch top nozzle and side man way.


  • Bespoke remote technologies applied.
  • Cleaned within 5 days – ahead of time limit provided by client.

Tube Tech Comment

Mike Watson, MD and Technical Director : $Bc`W5(Bhe challenge here was reaching across the 1.5m wide tube sheet and drilling 18m long, 14mm diameter tubes, through the smallest VCFE access we have ever faced, namely a 2$Bc`(Bウ nozzle, positioned centrally on the top header. Our 3D animation team put together a visualisation and a fly through animation for the client to show how we would access and clean the tubes from both the top and the side access points.

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