June 2002

Process Technology

Consider comprehensive CPD efforts to cut costs

With performance real-time field data, designers can devise process retrofits at the conceptual stage that control project scope and minimize engineering revisions during FEED and detailed engineering

Barletta, T., Martin, G. R., Process Consulting Services, Inc.; Visser, A., National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa Ltd.

Defining the project scope for grassroots facilities is a straight-forward exercise. Optimum execution procedures for engineering and construction can be developed through office-based conceptual process design (CPD) efforts. No existing equipment or ancillary processing units must be considered during the grassroots CPD stage. Yet in reality, most project activity within the HPI is focused on revamping existing production plants. Retrofitting existing facilities warrants a more detail-oriented CPD in that the project concentrates on revamping equipment already installed. During the revamp CPD, many project decisions det

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