Project Synopsis

Perform an independent engineering technical design review of a modular Crude Distillation Unit.

Project Summary

The client, a modular design and fabrication company based in Canada, contracted Process Engineering International (PROCESS) to provide a refinery Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) “cold eyes” third-party independent design review to help identify design gaps or issues.  Items considered included control philosophy, startup issues, and general best practices around CDU design. Specific items reviewed included:

  • Preheat Train
  • Desalter
  • Flash Drum
  • Furnace Heater
  • Crude Column
  • Distillate Stripper
  • Stabilizer
  • Heat and Mass Balance
  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)
  • Residence Times
  • Reflux Drum
  • Start-Up.

Numerous recommendations were made to improve the design.  As a result of this design review, PROCESS was invited to participate in HAZOP safety review of the CDU design which took place at the client’s site in Canada.

Industry Type

Modular Equipment Manufacturing / Petroleum Refining

Utilized Skills

  • Distillation design
  • Modular equipment design