Our client, a major global petroleum producer, sells 50 million gallons of fuel to more than 7,200 retail locations across the U.S. This midwest refinery can process up to 160,000 barrels of crude oil each day. Since 2016, the refinery has completed its largest maintenance turnaround in 40 years, along with the largest facility building project in its entire history. Both have helped the refinery improve safety and become more efficient in its use of energy.
The objective of the project was to replace the aging and inefficient HDN Recycle Compressor with the least amount of deconstruction to its existing location. The compressor was located in a very tight and limiting area behind structural elements and operating pipes and tubing. With narrow openings and obstructive elements, the engineers at Nexus were challenged with replacing a very large piece of equipment into a very small footprint in the current Isocracker HPS area.
Through experienced project management capability, design, and construction build consulting, the Nexus engineering team assigned to this project was able to replace the High Pressure Separator (HPS) in a limited space based on a new horizontal position rather than vertical. Nexus engineers utilized state-of-the art CAD animations to convince the client this could be done successfully and costeffectively. In addition, three custom forgings were fabricated, instead of utilizing a rolled plate shell body, to create the new drum shell which resulted a more robust design.
Working with the client, Nexus saved the refinery more than $100,000 utilizing its experienced staff, latest software, local presence, and domestic suppliers. The plant is on scheduled to be more productive though results in initial testing and startup.
Major Petroleum Refinery
Seamless execution, cost savings, time savings, and local support with domestic suppliers.
“Nexus was able to help solve our problem and save us money utilizing their local engineers and refinery expertise.”
-Refinery Plant Manager High-Pressure Separator