Crude Distillation Unit Expansion

KPE was asked by a southwest refiner to expand the capacity of an existing Crude Distillation Unit (CDU).

To achieve the required 70,000 barrels per stream day (BPSD) capacity within the allotted space, KPE’s project team devised a ‘design island’ to minimize the required plot area without compromising performance. The final vacuum stage was replaced on a 2-stage vacuum tower. KPE provided the engineering, procurement and fabrication of the project, including providing heavy-lift technical support.

The newly improved unit operated effectively, and proved once again that there’s no substitute for experience when pursuing an innovative solution.