HPI Focus: New vs. debottlenecking projects
As most owners do not have adequately skilled engineering teams to study these scenarios, engaging an experienced, qualified engineering contractor to support the conceptual study is often warranted.
||James Turner is an executive process director in Fluors Sugar Land, Texas office. He manages the Houston Process Technology and Engineering Group, which has over 250 process engineers working on projects for Fluor clients. Mr. Turner has more than 25 years of experience in process design for a wide range of projects in the refining and gas processing industries, in domestic and international locations. He has published numerous technical articles about process design and project execution, and he holds patents for a combined hydrotreater process design. In 2006, he was a panelist at the NPRA Q&A and Technology Forum. Active in several professional organizations, he is the Past Chair of the South Texas Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Mr. Turner is also on the AIChE Board of Trustees, and he has held several offices with AIChE in the past, including member of the Executive Board Programming Committee, and several positions with the Fuels and Petrochemicals Division, including Chair of the Division. In 2012, he received the Fuels and Petrochemicals Service Award for distinguished service to the division and industry. Mr. Turner is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BS degree in chemical engineering. In 2011, he was inducted into the Texas A&M Chemical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni.|
Exective Process Director,
Sugar Land, Texas
Owners of hydrocarbon processing (HP) facilities frequently analyze their markets and unit operations to determine if adding new units and/or debottlenecking existing units are economically attractive. The choice between building a new unit or revamping an existing unit for higher capacity can be influenced by many factors. HP owners have several options.
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