Kestrel provides process engineering services for retrofit and new plant construction to the hydrocarbons and chemicals industries.  We support services ranging from process debottlenecking and upgrading for existing plants to new process plant design.  We have substantial experience in addressing complex process projects successfully from conception through startup and commissioning.

We have particular expertise in batch and continuous process simulation and modeling, employing experienced staff using the most sophisticated commercial modeling packages, including AspenOne®, PRO/II®, ChemCAD®, and METSIM®.  For any particular project, we select the modeling tools that best support the specific simulation – often those that are in common use by our clients.  We believe successful modeling requires a collaborative team approach.  There are significant challenges in modeling, including ensuring parameters and material properties are correct and that modeling results are reasonable.  We work with our clients to validate process modeling results against existing process operations, testing data and/or literature.

In addition to process simulation, areas of process engineering expertise include the following:

  • Process Debottlenecking Studies
  • Heat Exchanger Design and Rating
  • Relief System Modeling
  • Flare Hydraulic Studies
  • Process Troubleshooting Evaluation
  • Process Hazards Analysis (PHA)
  • Process Intensification Studies
  • Energy Efficiency Optimization Studies
  • Single- and Two-Phase Flow Hydraulic Analysis
  • Process Economics Evaluation
  • Codes and Standards Interpretation
  • Level of Protection Analysis (LOPA)

Process engineering services and deliverables include:

  • FEL / FEED / Schedule A Packages
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Block Flow Diagrams / Process Flow Diagrams
  • Heat and Material Balances / Stream Catalogs
  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams
  • Controls Narratives
  • Design Basis / Criteria Development
  • Process Design Packages
  • Options Analysis
  • Technology / Licensing Implementation
  • Process Unit / Equipment Repurposing
  • Regulatory Compliance Support

Process equipment specification, evaluation, and selection services include the following:

  • Fractionation Columns
  • Reactors
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Water / Wastewater Treatment Equipment
  • Filtration / Separation Equipment
  • Flare and Vent Systems
  • Pressure Relief Devices
  • Fired Equipment
  • Emissions Control Equipment
  • Fans / Blowers / Compressors