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This specification covers minimum requirements for the design, fabrication, and shop testing of oilfield indirect type fired heaters that are used in the production of oil, gas and associated fluid. The heaters are located at some point on the producing flowline between the wellhead and pipeline. Heater components covered by this specification include the pressurized coils, the shell, heater bath, firetube and the firing system.

For purposes of this specification, the termination of a heater coil is at the first bevel when coils are furnished beveled for welding, or the face of the first fitting when fittings are furnished as the inlet or outlet connection to the coil. All fittings and valves between the inlet and outlet of the coil are to be considered within the coil limit.

Heaters outside the scope of this specification include steam and other vapor generators, reboilers, indirect heaters employing heat media other than water solutions, all types of direct fired heaters, shell-and-tube bundles or electrical heating elements, and coils operating at temperatures less than -20°F.

Document History

  1. API Spec 12K


    Specification for Indirect-Type Oil Field Heaters, Eighth Edition

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  2. API Spec 12K

    Indirect-Type Oil Field Heaters

    • Historical Version