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Plot Plan Design: Process Requirements

By Mohammad Toghraei, Engrowth Training |

It is important to conceptualize plant layout in terms of both ideal location and optimal geographical positioning of equipment components For any chemical process facility, the cost of improper or sub-obtimal plant layout can be enormous. Designers are generally well aware of safety constraints, but there is often less recognition about other process requirements that will impact the design. This article discusses key elements of plant layout and plot plan design, in two important levels: Level 1. Plant location. This step involves selecting the best location Level 2. Plant layout. This step involves the placement of units and equipment relative to each other, in an effort to optimize all safety, operations and maintenance objectives Each requires a certain chain of decision making that can impact the success of all efforts (Figure 1).   Figure 1. Shown here is a typical plot plan[/caption] An integrated effort Level 1.During Level 1, engineers seek to identify the optimal location for the plant. Generally speaking, a chemical process industries (CPI) plant should be in a location that allows it to easily receive raw materials and have access to utilities, such as water and power. Other key considerations are related…
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