Cost Effective Modularization Strategies for Industrial Facilities Used in Mega Oil & Gas Projects
Affiliation: Consultant, Chapman Mills RPO, PO BOX 45577, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Keywords: industrial facilities, numerical models, oil & gas facilities, petrochemical, steel modularization.
Modularization procedures result in substantial cost savings in mega Oil & Gas projects. Little industrial guidelines
are available in North American and European codes of practice for effective modular constructions. Attempts were
made over the past few years by EPCM companies to develop design rules to improve modularization strategies and meet
the aggressive industrial demands. Unfortunately, absence of industrial rules has generated randomness in the design procedure
with no technical justifications. The paper offers cost effective strategies and industrial guidelines that can be used
by practicing engineers and steel fabricators for modular steel designs for Oil & Gas projects. Structural, piping, mechanical
and electrical engineering guidelines are briefly discussed. Several examples are provided for various process &
building facilities to illustrate the efficiency of these modularization strategies. The described procedures and
recommendations can be used in practice to maximize the project savings in the Oil & Gas industry.
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