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Systems Consulting

systemsconsultingThere are a number of systems in a large complex processing facility such as a refinery or chemical plant that are classified as "systems".  They cannot be looked at in isolation since they support multiple units within the entire complex. These include Instrumentation and Control; Electric Power; and Utility Systems , e.g., steam, cooling water, instrument air, firewater, flare, tankage; and receipt and shipment, e.g., marine terminalling  and truck/rail loading. Becht has specialists with experience in these areas that can provide both project support and troubleshooting.

  • Analyzers
  • Electrical
  • Instrument & Control Systems (I&CS)
  • Offsite and Utilities
  • Tankage

 

See below for details

Analyzers

Process Analyzers are an integral part of Quality Control; however, they are usually high maintenance. Proper selection and location for response time are critical for accurate results. Locating the analyzer within the process unit must be evaluated against higher installation costs for electrical area classification and environmental considerations versus locating the analyzer remotely in a control environment but perhaps slower response time. Becht Engineering can help you decide!

Electrical


Power generation and distribution of electricity within the plant and adjacent facilities is reviewed to assess opportunities for more efficient utilization; particularly, when major changes to existing processing units and/or new process units are to be installed.  Review of contractor relay coordination studies, short-circuit analysis, large motor selection, and lightning protection are a number of areas where Becht specialists can provide support.

In addition, a periodic review of the reliability of electrical components and electronic control systems to evaluate opportunities reduces the failure rate or costly preventive maintenance.

Cogeneration of steam and power is highly attractive at most locations to improve energy efficiency and increase reliability of critical steam and power users. Power reliability also is dependent on dual supply and distribution facilities.
 

Instrument and Control Systems (I&CS)

Becht has staff from the technician level who can perform loop checks  for new facilities  to senior staff who have developed or  supervised  the  development of the planning and design documents for facility-wide distributed control systems (DCS) for new systems or system upgrades  for implementation by EPC contractors. Many have experience as lead I&CS specialist for the pre-startup checkout and startup of new facilities worldwide.

Our senior specialists have reviewed contractor/vendor I&CS planning and design documents and have participated in Factory Acceptance Tests and Hazard and Operability Reviews (HAZOP) as part of their project support activities
 

Offsite and Utilities

Becht has the expertise to provide design basis, basic designs and optimization for cooling water, boiler feedwater treatment, steam/power generation and distribution, compressed air, flare gas recovery, fuel gas and fuel oil systems, tankage, blending and product receiving/loading systems.  We also model process plant firewater systems, including determining demand requirements, and evaluating system performance.Becht specialists provide practical recommendations to improve reliability.  Further, we troubleshoot and correct operating problems such as waterhammer problems in steam systems.

Tankage

Becht Engineering provides expert services in design, design review, troubleshooting, fitness for service, repair and failure analysis of atmospheric and low pressure storage tanks built in accordance with API 620 and API 650.  Consulting assistance is provided to refiners on the application of API 653 Standard, and development of risk-based programs for cost effective inspection and maintenance of existing aboveground storage tanks.

A senior specialist in this area is Arcot "Radha" Radhakrishnan, who is a former member of the API Committee on storage tanks.  We also have provided highly experienced field staff to consult on and oversee tank cleaning and repair, as well as the construction of new storage tanks.

We also teach a two day course on storage tanks, covering API 620, API 650 and API 653. For details regarding our training courses, click here.