Front-End Engineering Studies

Front-end engineering studies and technology licensing support are important parts of our engineering consulting practice. The following information relates to our capabilities with particular reference to the manufacture of ultra-low-sulfur gasoline and diesel fuels. We also bring a similar approach to such studies in other process areas.

  • Objective: The objective of a front-end engineering study is to help the client screen various processing options for its refinery and to select a lead project case for further engineering of facilities to make a particular product - in this case, ultra-low-sulfur gasoline and diesel fuels.
  • Priority: The emphasis is on cost-effective re-use of existing equipment and on the integration of any required new equipment into the existing facility. An assessment of technology options, including in-house and third-party technologies, is made to determine the most favorable option. Three types of information are developed jointly with the client for each selected processing option:
    • Product yields and qualities,
    • Investment and operating costs,
    • Screening economics
  • Study Methodology: Our assigned engineering specialists (both low-sulfur technology and project planning specialists) hold a kick-off meeting with the client's refinery personnel. The purpose of this important meeting is to assure mutual understanding of the current operation, agree on the various process options to be screened, and develop a work plan with an anticipated study schedule.

The study builds on existing information such as past planning studies, equipment drawings, existing unit performance data, hydrogen balances, and additional information developed by us or provided by licensors of ultra-low sulfur fuels technology.

  • Study Results: Upon completion of the study, the team meets with refinery management to present the results, including a recommended case and alternative cases for further engineering steps in the project. Final documentation of the study is submitted shortly thereafter, and typically includes the following items:
    • Screening economics,
    • Product yields and qualities,
    • Investment and operating costs,
    • Discussion of the assessment of technology options,
    • Critical interactions with the existing refinery facilities,
    • Optimization opportunities for the lead case.
  • Study Cost: We work within the client's budget to provide a study scope that will give maximum results with minimum investment.