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KP Engineering Expands Midstream Capabilities with the Addition of Midstream Process Engineering Expert

Tyler, Texas – December 19, 2017 – KP Engineering (KPE) today announced that Dr. James Fitzgerald has joined the company’s engineering staff. Dr. Fitzgerald is an internationally recognized authority in midstream process engineering and will serve as KPE’s Senior Vice President of Process Technology. He will be based in KPE’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, office.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Fitzgerald to our growing company,” said William E. Preston, President and Chief Operating Officer. “He adds tremendous technical leadership to our already talented midstream process engineering team. His addition enhances our ability to partner and collaborate with our midstream customers to provide EPC solutions tailored to their needs. We are always looking to add top-tier talent, and Jimmy fits the bill. It obviously makes KPE better, but more importantly, it allows us to continue forging long-standing relationships and provide innovative results for our partners.”

Dr. Fitzgerald has more than twenty years of process and midstream industry experience, predominantly in gas processing, with Linde Engineering and, most recently, with MarkWest Energy Partners, LP, where he was Director of Process Engineering. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

About KPE – KP Engineering, LP, provides capital-efficient EPC solutions for companies in the midstream, refining, chemical and syngas markets that result in investment and delivery predictability. For more information, visit

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KPE Awarded Contract for Natural Gas Cryogenic Processing Facility

TYLER, Texas – August 23, 2017 – KPE today announced it has been awarded a contract valued in excess of $100 million by Targa Pipeline Mid-Continent WestTex LLC, a subsidiary of Targa Resources Corp., (Targa) (NYSE: TRGP) to provide engineering, procurement and construction for a 200 MMSCFD natural gas cryogenic processing facility located near Midkiff, in the Permian Basin of West Texas. The facility will include a 5,000 SBPD condensate stabilizer, low-pressure compression, intermediate compression, custody transfer metering, slug catchers and a control system for processing raw natural gas into merchantable natural gas by extracting natural gas liquids (NGLs) and removing impurities.

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KP Engineering to Present Keynote Address at IRPC Americas Conference

Phillip K. Niccum, Senior Vice President of Process at KP Engineering, has been selected to present the Keynote Address on Wednesday, July 19 at the IRPC Americas Conference in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Niccum’s presentation titled, ‘FCC: Driven by Competition, Fueled by Trial,’ describes the cracking processes for creating gasoline as background to the development of fluid catalytic cracking in the early 1940’s. From these beginnings, the evolutionary path to the modern FCCU is presented with an emphasis on changing feedstock availability and product demands, competition among Licensors and adaptations for protecting the environment.

With over 37 years of engineering and management experience, Mr. Niccum has been granted 16 patents in the U.S. for his work, and has authored dozens of publications for major industry conferences and trade journals concerning FCC technology.

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KPE will provide engineering services to a U.S. Refiner in support of a Hydrogen Plant Reliability Evaluation.  The engineering study will evaluate operating data, design details, and other factors to assess unit performance.  The results of the study will be presented in a formal report and outline recommendations for improvement.

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KPE to Provide Engineering Services for Two Projects

KPE will provide engineering and project development services to a U.S. Refiner for two projects.  The first project will identify modifications and installation requirements to achieve compliance with pending government emissions regulations.  The second project will involve preliminary engineering and cost development work for a new processing unit.  The engineering study work is expected to take three months to complete.

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KP Engineering Receives Two Safety Awards, Including 13 Consecutive Years with Zero Incidents

KP Engineering received two safety awards from the Safety Council of East Texas, Inc. (SCET) during a ceremony held on April 20, 2017 in Longview, Texas.  The first award was for achieving a Zero Incident Rate for 2016.  The second award was for “13 Years Worked – No Lost Time”.  Both awards were based on OSHA Form 300 submissions.

“KP Engineering is proud of our safety record and is committed to incorporating safe practices in all of our work processes,” commented Bill Heimbaugh, Executive Vice President of KP Engineering.  “The thirteen-year run with zero incidents is truly remarkable and covers the entire history of KP Engineering.  However, we want to make sure that future performance is equally as good.  As such, we strive to maintain a culture that fosters and implements safe work practices.”

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KPE Attends 2017 GPA Midstream Convention and Co-Sponsors Prayer Breakfast

Several KPE personnel attended the 2017 GPA Midstream Convention held on April 9-12 at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. The convention hosted over 2,000 midstream professionals from over 600 companies and 24 countries. KPE co-sponsored the Midstream Prayer Breakfast at the convention, which was attended by over 200 people.  The prayer breakfast provided networking opportunities in a faith-based environment and included a message from a noted motivational speaker.

KPE is recognized as a leading engineering, procurement and construction provider in the midstream sector, as evidenced by several recent midstream project awards including a NGL fractionator, condensate splitter and cryogenic gas processing plant. Read more ›

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KP Engineering Announces Plan for New Office Building in Tyler

TYLER, Texas––KP Engineering, LP (KPE), an energy industry leader in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solutions, has released detailed plans and the architectural renderings for its new building in Tyler, Texas. The new building will be adjacent to the current Tyler office and will include more than 25,000 square feet of additional offices, design workstations, and state-of-the-art conference rooms incorporating the latest conferencing technology. Design and engineering of the building are nearing completion, and construction is expected to begin in April. Read more ›

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MMEX Resources partners with KP Engineering to design, build crude oil refinery in Permian Basin

TYLER, TEXAS – MMEX Resources Corp. (OTCPK: MMEX), a development stage company focusing on the acquisition, development and financing of oil, gas, refining and infrastructure projects in Texas and South America, and KP Engineering (“KPE”), an energy industry leader in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solutions, announced today a partnership for KPE to engineer, design and construct the planned Pecos County refinery announced by MMEX earlier this month. Read more ›

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KP Engineering to Present on FCC at AFPM Annual Meeting; Continues to receive recognition on FCCU capabilities

updated-phillipTYLER, TexasMarch 15, 2017– KP Engineering has been selected to present a technical paper on fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) technology at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) 2017 Annual Meeting. The event will be held at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas from Sunday March 19 through Tuesday March 21. The oral presentation will be given by KPE’s Senior VP of Process Engineering, Phillip K Niccum.

Mr. Niccum’s presentation of the paper titled ‘FCC Product Fractionation for Maximum LCO Production,’ describes traditional and alternative FCC product fractionation schemes as means of preventing the loss or degradation of light cycle oil (LCO) from the FCC process. LCO is typically refined further to produce diesel fuel.  Co-authors of the paper include William D. McDaniel and Howard S. Pollicoff, both Principal Process Engineers at KPE. Read more ›

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