December 2010

Special Report: Plant Design and Engineering

Maximize return on capital projects

How to achieve all of your major capital investments objectives on budget and schedule

With today’s tough economic conditions, competitive global markets and tight capital, the need to optimize net present value and internal rates of return from capital investments has never been greater. To better address this issue, one option applies a set of best practices packaged via a holistic approach to maximizing returns from major projects. Getting started. First, we will examine the mathematical drivers for optimizing capital project returns. As suggested by the fishbone diagram in Fig. 1, maximizing capital return means generating the highest revenues with the lowest operating cost from the smallest investment. To generate the highest revenues, we maximize production rates,

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