Total steam flow to the dyeing and finishing plant averaged 230,000 lbs/hr. At a natural gas cost of $3.85 dekatherm, the fuel cost was approximately $6.2 million per year. However, when I left the plant in early 1999, the average steam flow to the facility was 205,000 lbs/hr, a decrease of 25,000 lbs/hr over the initial rate. Fuel savings alone were over $650,000 per year due to the Venturi trap installation.
D. Brian Strother