Project Synopsis

Prepare a first pass simulation model for a new modular Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) for an equipment design/manufacturing company in Canada.


Project Summary

A modular design, fabrication, and construction company based in Canada contracted Process Engineering International, LLC (PROCESS) to prepare a first pass, un-optimized simulation for a new Crude Distillation Unit (CDU). The modular system will initially operate as a topping unit and will ultimately be installed in Kurdistan. The simulation model was developed to provide a first pass cost estimate for the design/build of the modular system.  The following products will be produced by the CDU:

  • LPG
  • Naphtha
  • No. 2 Oil
  • Atmospheric Residual.

PROCESS prepared the CDU simulation using HYSYS simulation software.  The simulation provided preliminary equipment sizing, an initial configuration of the CDU, and an early prediction of product quantities and qualities.

A brief summary of the simulation model along with the raw data file for the HYSYS simulation was provided to the client.

Industry Type

Petroleum Refining



Utilized Skills

  • Process simulation
  • Refining unit design.


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