April 2016

Process Engineering and Optimization

In-depth and preemptive front-end planning yields positive project results

Despite the challenges that major projects can present (short deadlines, budget constraints and overruns, unforeseen problems onsite and tension throughout executive teams), they can also prove to be a win-win for both the owner and the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm.

Henre, C., Satterfield, R., Burns & McDonnell; Garris, J., Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing LLC

Despite the challenges that major projects can present (short deadlines, budget constraints and overruns, unforeseen problems onsite and tension throughout executive teams), they can also prove to be a win-win for both the owner and the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm. With the objective of meeting the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation limiting the benzene (C6H6) content in gasoline, Burns & McDonnell performed front-end planning (FEP) and detailed EPC services for the Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing Mobile Source Air Toxics (MSAT2) project at its refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas. The EPA regulation required the Coffeyville refinery (

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