Modular approach expedites facility design for expanded capacity of cryogenic plants

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Loren Pieper, VP Processing & Treating, SNC-Lavalin / Valerus
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When growing market demand required expanded capacity of two cryogenic plants in the Mid-Continent area, a modular approach to facilities design was used to add a new 200 MMscf/d (5.7 MMsm3/d) cryogenic plant and improve overall operational efficiency while meeting stringent environmental permit requirements.

The complete turnkey project comprised full facility design and construction, commissioning and startup of the plant, with a delivery timeline of 73 weeks, including meeting the equipment design requirements for minimum emission in an EPA non-attainment zone.

A review of the project shows how the modular approach saves time by allowing for parallel processes such as fabrication, permitting and logistics, and improves scheduling through simplified procurement and delivery. A repeatable manufacturing process reduces equipment costs while delivering “plug and play” capability that easily accommodates expansion needs.

In this case, using the modular approach, full facility design and installation of the total EPC turnkey project was completed in 17 months, including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, construction, construction management, commissioning and startup of the 200 MMscf/d (5.7 MMsm3/d) cryogenic plant.

In addition to creating a modular facility for more efficient design and maintenance, this approach also enabled rapid modification of equipment to meet EHS Department and EPA permit requirements, ensuring all equipment met specifications for minimum emissions in an EPA non-attainment zone.

Providing capabilities that proved critical to bringing on the new assets quickly, this modular design has delivered a rapid return on the capital outlays required to meet growing market demand.

Thursday, October 29th - Loren Pieper, VP Processing & Treating at SNC-Lavalin/Valerus will be presenting this paper at the CoTEs Programme at Gastech Singapore.

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