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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