January 2019

Project Management

Lessons learned from a refinery revamp project

Revamp projects are inherently challenging due to the numerous constraints imposed by existing equipment design and space limitations.

Khan, M. S., WorleyParsons

Revamp projects are inherently challenging due to the numerous constraints imposed by existing equipment design and space limitations. Understanding the existing design and its limitations is imperative to proposing an improved design. In a particular refinery revamp project, some of the heat exchangers in a crude unit were being replaced, as the existing heat exchangers were very old and nearly at the end of their lives. This opportunity was also used to improve the design of the heat exchangers in terms of duty, temperatures and material to best suit the unit performance. The heat exchangers were designed by the customer’s in-house heat exchanger expert, and no further review was performed

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