The Client

Our client is a large multi-national blue chip global science-based company supplying products into key markets including health, nutrition and materials with manufacturing sites across the world.

XX number of options identified

Xx years of experience on client project sites

Xx % of projected cost savings

Xx % reduction in energy savings

The Background

Bulk solvents are frequently used within chemical manufacturing processes which need to be purified by distillation, an energy intensive operation, for recycle. The study aimed to develop and evaluate options to significantly reduce energy consumption. In addition, the scope & design details of the optimum solution were to be developed to provide a cost estimate for implementation along with projected savings for the client’s project.

The Solution

Initial proposals were examined and a variation identified and developed producing a configuration that could provide additional savings with little additional capital. More novel approaches to reducing energy were also identified and evaluated to be confident that the optimum solution was selected.

Best practice tools such as Spreadsheet Mass & Energy balances were generated to enable savings to be quantified for the options but more detailed computer modelling was also carried out to validate equipment performance and energy consumption.

A key aspect to the viability of the project was re-use of available and redundant equipment. The preferred scheme was documented and equipment specified to allow a preliminary capital cost to be estimated and justification for the client’s project.

The skills and experience of the Booth Welsh team within the Process Engineering Department was key to identifying the optimum solution and developing a viable project that could be funded by energy savings.

Benefits for Client

  • Engaging a cross-functional team with experience, expertise and knowledge of the technology with a track record of innovation
  • Independent and objective development and analysis of alternative technical options
  • Identification of a viable cost-optimum solution
  • Developing best practice tools to help analysis and quantify savings with confidence
  • Providing Project Specification and definition data for capital cost estimation
  • Having a multifunction team of experienced engineers who were able to successfully visualise and integrate the retrofit into an existing facility
  • The provision of continuity by being able to carry out implementation of the project in-house if required in addition to the Concept Design and Front End Engineering design