Industrial
sectors
and services

Natural gas processing

Oil sands /
heavy oil

Air emissions management

Relief /
flare studies

Training and support

Water
efficiency

Core competencies

Our history with a wide variety of process modeling and engineering studies has led to a unique consulting practice. Whether it's providing process input for a new plant or pipeline, debottlenecking of existing assets, operational and KPI optimization, or emissions reductions and management, our clients rely on us to deliver fast, honest and rigorous feedback.

Emission Estimation and
Management

Process Engineering and
Optimization

Advanced Modeling and
Simulation

Software
Development

Natural gas transmission
and processing

Over 50 operating companies in the natural gas sector rely on our assistance to deliver process engineering support and a range of high-value engineering studies. Gas plant rating and debottlenecking, gathering systems design and planning, gas dehydration optimization and methane emissions reduction strategies are some examples of how we help our clients.

Hydrate formation prevention strategies

Development of a HYSYS extension to predict hydrate formation and inhibition

Plant Capacity Review using HYSYS and other rating software tools

Development of an Operations Surveillance System that relies on a dynamic simulation model

Oil sands / heavy oil

Oil sands / heavy oil operators are currently focusing on innovation and technology development to reduce energy use, operating cost and associated air emissions. Adequate mathematical models need to be developed to help optimize production and processing facilities. We have developed specialized simulation and optimization tools as decision support systems to assist in technology selection and operational optimization.

Steam generator tube rupture analysis using dynamic simulation

CO2CEPTS: An Innovative cloud-based tool for evaluation of new technologies in SAGD facilities

Site-wide simulation model for SAGD facilities. HYSYS-OLI integration

Air emissions management

Reducing atmospheric emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants is one of the most serious challenges the energy industry is currently facing. We believe that the emissions challenge is more a process engineering challenge than a purely accounting exercise. With our tools and capabilities we are assisting a number of companies to quantify, manage and reduce emissions.

Evaluation of methane emissions from gas-driven glycol pumps

Compliance with air emissions regulations and emissions reduction

Benzene emissions reporting and dehy optimization

Manage reporting of flaring, venting and methane emissions

Relief / flare studies

Calculation of relief loads for various process networks using traditional methods can result in highly conservative results and over-designed relief systems. Due to the time dependency of the simulation, it is also possible to explore staggered relief strategies for specific scenarios. Emergency scenarios can be reviewed using dynamic simulation tools as well as start-up and shut-down situations. Process Ecology can assist your company in the development of high-fidelity dynamic simulation models to perform design checking on flare networks of various complexities. These studies can help in the identification of bottlenecks and opportunities for capital cost savings while ensuring the safety of the plant.

Can a general process simulator be used for flare system design and rating?

Training

Our working approach is to always assist our clients with knowledge and practical advice to ensure there is always a learning component. We also have experience teaching more formal courses around practical applications of process simulation to engineering problems, including HYSYS and Unisim courses. We are licensed to deliver training courses on behalf of Natural Resources Canada in energy efficiency and heat recovery optimization.

Heavy Oil/ Bitumen Characterization using Aspen HYSYS

Heat Integration of Industrial Processes

Gas Conditioning and Processing: Mastering the Process Engineering Requirements

Water efficiency

Water is an essential input for all forms of energy production. In particular, water demands in hydraulic fracturing operations have been increasing at fast rate and this is happening in water stressed areas. A number of researchers and industry panels have identified the management of water resources as the biggest challenge faced by producers of shale oil & gas. We can help you identify opportunities for cost savings and water efficiency through the application of optimization models and conceptual design techniques.

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