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KPE Continues to Expand FCC Capabilities, Hires Albert Meza as FCCU Technology Specialist

img_3628Tyler, Texas– KP Engineering (“KPE”), one of the energy industry’s leaders in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solutions, is pleased to announce the hiring of Albert Meza as FCCU Technology Specialist. The addition of Mr. Meza further enhances KPE’s existing fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) business in the areas of mechanical design and procurement of specialized hardware components.

With 28 years of mechanical design and project execution experience in FCC technologies and delayed coking units, Mr. Meza specializes in pressure vessels and process piping. Additionally, Mr. Meza brings relationships with key manufacturers of the related equipment components to KPE, including refractory lined reactor and regenerator vessels, coke drums, large refractory lined transfer lines, catalyst valves, expansion joints and internal components such as cyclones, feed and air distributors, and steam rings. Read more ›

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KPE Makes Partner Sponsorship Donation to Phillips 66 In Support of United Way Golf Tournament

KPE is pleased to announce that it has made a Partner Sponsorship donation to Phillips 66 in support of the 13th Annual United Way Golf Tournament in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The tournament helps to fund United Way supported services in the Bartlesville area. A reception for donors was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bartlesville on September 14. KPE’s donation continues its commitment to being a good corporate citizen and to come alongside other companies in the hydrocarbon processing industry who share a passion for providing assistance to those who need a helping hand.

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updated-phillipPhillip Niccum of KP Engineering has been selected as one of six FCC panelists at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) 2016 Q&A and Technology Forum. The event will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel from Sunday, September 25 through Wednesday, September 28. The FCC Q&A Panel will convene on Tuesday, September 27 at 2:00 pm.

Mr. Niccum will also make an in-depth presentation at the FCC Principles & Practices (P&P) portion of the Forum on Wednesday, September 28 at 8:00 am. The interactive presentation, titled “New and Old Equations Tie Together 75 Years of FCC Standpipe Experience,” will provide participants with insight into issues with fluidized catalyst flow through standpipes compiled by Phillip from over 35 years of experience in this field.

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KP Engineering has been awarded two contracts by a Mid-Continent Refiner to provide detailed engineering, procurement and fabrication services to improve Alkylation Unit operations.  The design modifications will address operational and maintenance limitations and improve accessibility to key process equipment.  The work is expected to take approximately three months to complete.

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KPE will provide engineering services for a Rocky Mountain Refiner to review and evaluate the installation of a new Flare Gas Recovery Unit (FGRU).  KPE will also assist the refiner in the preparation of required supporting documentation for the new FGRU.  The engineering work is expected to take approximately two months to complete.

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KP Engineering to Perform Feasibility Study for NGL Fractionation Unit Heat Integration Project

KP Engineering will provide conceptual design and feasibility engineering services to define required modifications to NGL Fractionation Units as part of a heat integration study.  The deliverables for the feasibility study will include PFD modifications, control philosophy, preliminary hydraulic analysis and associated pump requirements.  Pending client approval, the study will likely lead to a second phase that includes detailed engineering, cost estimating and PHA participation.  The feasibility study is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.

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KP Engineering to Provide Design Packages for Biodiesel Blending Project

KP Engineering will provide detailed engineering services for a Southwest Refiner to facilitate the blending of biodiesel into the refinery’s diesel loading system.  The scope of work will include the preparation of engineering design packages that will be used to solicit construction bids.  The engineering work is expected to take two months to complete.

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KP Engineering to Provide Detailed Engineering Services for Gasoline Blending Project

KP Engineering will prepare engineering design packages for a Southwest Refiner that define the modifications required to the refinery’s blending system to facilitate the load out of regular and premium gasoline.  The detailed engineering work is expected to take three months to complete.

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KP Engineering Provides Process Consulting Services to Mid-Continent Refiner

KP Engineering provided process consulting services to a Mid-Continent Refiner.  The refiner was experiencing problems with the wash oil section on their Vacuum Distillation Unit (VDU).  KPE refinery process experts provided several recommendations for wash oil system improvement.  KPE’s recommendations included specific guidance in regard to packing, distribution nozzles, wash oil control devices and instrumentation, and other process related issues.

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KP Engineering to Provide CDU and VDU Process Engineering Services to Mid-Continent Refiner

KP Engineering will provide process engineering services to a Mid-Continent Refiner as part of a Crude and Vacuum Distillation Unit study.  The refinery needs to balance crude throughput and crude slate flexibility, while assessing the impact on downstream processing units.  The feasibility study is expected to take one to two months to complete and will be performed by KPE crude distillation and fractionation experts.

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