Project Synopsis

Provide process design, vendor selection, operating procedures, and startup assistance for a new cooling tower at an FDA regulated edible oil manufacturing plant.

Project Summary


The client, an edible oil manufacturing facility, contracted Process Engineering Associates, LLC (PROCESS) to provide a lead process engineer for the design and installation of a new cooling tower for the facility.

Specifically, the project tasks PROCESS performed included:

  • Equipment Specification – Reviewing existing mass balance data (developed during a previous project) and prepared an equipment duty specification for the new 30 MM BTU/hr cooling tower.  The specification was submitted by the client to vendors to solicit bids.  PROCESS also provided on-going support during negotiations with the vendors and once a vendor was selected, acted as the process lead for continued coordination during detail design of the system.
  • P&ID Development – Generating new P&IDs for the cooling tower and coordinated revisions to the client’s existing P&IDs for tie-ins to the facility processes.  As part of this effort, PROCESS also prepared a detailed tie-in list for the piping designer and contractors.
  • Coordination of a phased installation approach – Developing a phased approach to installation of the cooling tower modules to minimize the facility’s downtime and to help ensure that there was adequate capacity at peak demand during startup of a new Deodorizer process.
  • Preparation of Instrument Specifications – Generating instrument duty specifications for the new instruments required that were not supplied by the cooling tower vendor.
  • Preparation of a Functional Specification and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) / Work Instructions (WIs).
  • Process engineering assistance during commissioning and startup of the new system.

The facility is FDA regulated and follows cGMP guidelines.  The new cooling tower was installed to replace an old/failing system and to provide additional capacity as needed for new processes.  The system was installed in three (3) phases to maximize plant on-stream time and provide sufficient capacity during peak demand on startup of one of the new processes (Deodorizer).

Industry Type

  • Food Products Manufacturing

Utilized Skills

  • Process design
  • Vendor selection support
  • Installation planning support
  • Process engineering startup support

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