CDU/VDUEfficient Solutions for Greater Flexibility

A mid-continent refiner required both a new Vacuum Distillation Unit (VDU) and a revamp of their Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) to increase their refinery’s capacity and feedstock flexibility

The new VDU and CDU revamp required unique modifications to meet our clients’ needs:

  • For the VDU, KPE utilized a wet design and selected an optimum tower size designed to increase operating flexibility and optimize steam generation.
  • The CDU modifications allowed the refinery to significantly increase crude processing capacity, and enabled them to process a heavier, more sour crude slate.

Our proven, cost-effective designs succeeded in providing the client with additional refining capacity and flexibility, while balancing both performance and economic objectives.