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CPI Unveils New Small Scale Ammonia Process - February 2019

CPI has just announced significant news on some recent process technology developments, which we are happy to pass along.

CPI, one of PROCESS’ clients, has recently announced development of a new high-efficiency small-scale ammonia production process.

Natural gas is the feed material for the catalyzed process which includes innovations such as air cooling, Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) to remove excess carbon dioxide and nitrogen, the use of screw compressors in a relatively low-pressure synthesis section, and more.  The process has recently received a U.S. patent.  CPI is currently seeking sales opportunities and strategic partnerships globally.  Advantageous plant site targets may include remote agricultural locations with excess or stranded gas supplies, as well as regional farming cooperatives seeking to gain tighter control over their fertilizer supply and reduce shipping & storage costs.  Certain markets for ammonia derivative products (ammonium nitrate, diammonium phosphate, etc.) may also find the small modular process to their advantage.

We wish CPI continued success as they seek to commercialize this exciting technology. Follow this link to view the full article recently published in the Jan/Feb 2019 edition of Fertilizer Focus, page 49 – 51; Bridging the Gap for Small Scale Ammonia Production, by Derek Lennon.


Carbon Engineering, Ltd. Announces New Strategic Investors - January 9, 2019

Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE) in Squamish, B.C., Canada has just announced significant news on some recent strategic investments, which we are happy to pass along.

CE has announced two major strategic investors, the first being Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and the second being Chevron Technology Ventures, the venture capital arm of Chevron Corporation.

These investments enable CE to accelerate commercialization of CE's Direct Air Capture (DAC) and AIR TO FUELS™ technologies, and bring them closer to deploying large-scale commercial plants. Both Occidental and Chevron are investing into CE’s technologies and business plan, and this funding will allow CE to accelerate the use of their technologies in a way that delivers affordable, low-carbon energy, and significant emissions reductions.

CE is one of PROCESS' valued clients whom we have served through our international projects group and wholly owned subsidiary Process Engineering International, LLC. We wish CE continued success as they seek to commercialize this exciting technology. Follow this link to view the full Press Release and/or visit the web site for Carbon Engineering, Ltd.


PROCESS Completes Basic Engineering Design of Fracking Water Treatment Demo Plant - January 2019

PROCESS recently completed a project for a technology development company for a demonstration scale process designed to transform spent fracking water into clean water. Agua Dulce Technologies, LLC based in Littleton, Colorado hired PROCESS to scale up the design of a novel water treatment process from a bench top unit to a demonstration-scale pilot unit. PROCESS developed the basic engineering package for both the pretreatment and pervaporation portions of the process. Follow this link to view the full Press Release and/or visit the web site for Agua Dulce Technologies.


Rame Sulaiman Earns Professional Engineering Registration - December 2018

PROCESS is pleased to announce that Rame Sulaiman, working out of the Oak Ridge, Tennessee office, has just recently completed the requirements for and been awarded his P.E. license for the state of Tennessee. We congratulate Rame on achieving this significant accomplishment. Rame routinely leads many of our pressure relief device evaluation and sizing projects.

Rame is currently a Senior Process Engineer,a chemical engineer (M.S., Tennessee Technological University, 1995), with 22 years experience in equipment and processing systems design, startup, operation, and optimization as well as dryer, filter, and heat transfer equipment detail design and the design of process control systems.

We congratulate Rame on achieving this significant accomplishment!


Teaming Agreement with PetroDIAC in UAE

We are pleased to announce the signing of a teaming agreement between Process Engineering International, LLC (PROCESS) and PetroDIAC, an industrial consulting company with headquarters in the UAE.  Although Process Engineering International remains unbiased and independent from all other companies, the use of teaming agreements allows PROCESS to provide expert chemical engineering support to our team member’s efforts.  An alliance between PROCESS and PetroDIAC reinforces PetroDIAC’s commitment to providing the highest levels of quality services to their clients and the same high level of conduct in their business practices.

PetroDIAC is a next-generation consulting services firm founded in 1994 with offices in Houston (USA), Amsterdam (Netherlands), and Ras Al-Khaimah (UAE). PetroDIAC’s multi-disciplinary teams are dedicated to improving the profitability, efficiency and safety of Oil & Energy customers worldwide. As competent trusted advisors, our professionals apply innovative technologies and capture new opportunities for profitable growth in today’s dynamic energy market.

Process Engineering International, LLC (PROCESS) specializes in providing applied chemical process engineering skills to industry.  PROCESS serves the petroleum refining industries (upstream, midstream, and downstream), chemical production industries, petrochemical industries, metals & minerals processing, pharmaceutical industries, food and beverage industries, and all other process industries and brings a team of over 50 world class, experienced, highly-motivated chemical engineers with work histories that have significant achievements in the process engineering field and in process safety management services.  PROCESS’ consulting services range from large projects that involve complete plant process design package preparation and assistance, all the way through startup, and optimization, to small projects that only involve a few hours of consulting.

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PROCESS' Mike Tanzio Featured on AIChE Website

Mr. Michael Tanzio who works for PROCESS out of our Gilbertsville, PA office, was recently invited by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) to share his career highlights through a new communications series called ‘Meet the Process Engineers’. Mike has enjoyed a varied and very productive employment history and was given an opportunity to comment on certain aspects of his career. If you are a chemical process engineer or are considering it as a career path, you are certain to find this article interesting. Enjoy!


2018 PHA Leader Training Courses Offered in U.S.

PROCESS ENGINEERING ASSOCIATES, LLC is pleased to publicly offer the following 3½-day PHA training course: PROCESS HAZARD ANALYSIS (PHA) LEADER TRAINING COURSE

The purpose of the 3½ -day training course is to assist personnel at chemical plants, petrochemical plants, petroleum refineries, and manufacturing plants in becoming proficient in leading and documenting process hazard analyses (PHAs) by becoming familiar with various qualitative hazard review techniques and industry best practices for conducting and documenting PHAs.

Who should attend:  Managers and engineers responsible for conducting PHAs at chemical plants, petrochemical plants, petroleum refineries, and manufacturing plants.

Detailed instruction of the following hazard review methodologies will be included in the course:

  • Hazard and Operability (HAZOP)
  • What-If
  • Checklists
  • Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA).

An introduction to Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) will also be included. Click here for more information and details.


PROCESS Client Announcement - February 2018

One of PROCESS' client's recently released a corporate update via their website. Included in the update is a mention of PROCESS' key support on the titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment related project via our wholly owned subsidiary company, Process Engineering International, LLC.

You can view details on the ARGEX Titanium Inc. website here: PROCESS is honored to assist ARGEX, a Canadian based company, on this very important project.

Tommee Larochelle Earns UT Professional Engineering Registration - January 2017

PROCESS is pleased to announce that Tommee Larochelle, working out of the Salt Lake City, Utah office, has just recently completed the requirements for and been awarded his P.E. license for the state of Utah. We congratulate Tommee on achieving this significant accomplishment. Tommee brings significant experience to the PROCESS team in the area of minerals processing systems design.

Tommee is currently a Chief Process Engineer, a chemical engineer (B.S. University of Sherbrooke, 2006, MBA Technology Commercialization, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, 2015) with 12 years experience in conceptual and detailed process engineering, project and engineering management in the minerals processing, petroleum refining, and technology metals industries (rare earths, lithium, scandium, titanium and niobium), as well as in process simulation and project economics.

We congratulate Tommee on achieving this significant accomplishment!

PROCESS Opens New Office in Salt Lake City, Utah - October 2016

October 24, 2016 - PROCESS announces the official opening of a new engineering regional office in Salt Lake City, UT. This office is being opened to better serve clients in the region in markets such as minerals processing, refining, etc. The office will be managed by Mr. Mike Sessions, P.E.

Rocky Mountain Regional Branch
1011 East Murray Holladay Road, Suite 102

Salt Lake City, UT 84117

(801) 824-8444

PROCESS Increases Refining Process Engineering Capabilities - July 2016

PROCESS has added to its excellent staff, a very high caliber process engineer who has significant petroleum refining design and operations experience. We are pleased to welcome Mr. Michael Tanzio to our Gilbertsville, PA office team. Mike brings a great deal of experience to our team that our refining clients will benefit from for years to come. A summary of his qualifications is provided below.

Mr. Michael (Mike) Tanzio, Chief Process Engineer, a chemical engineer (M.S., Purdue University, 1977) with 42 years experience in process research & development and design including process modeling/simulation, process development, process safety analysis, piloting, troubleshooting and debottlenecking of a variety of processes including oil refining, gas processing, petrochemicals, biomass processing, energy and other chemical production processes, as well as providing process engineering leadership to many engineering / construction capital projects involving the conceptual, FEED, detailed design, and construction phases. Select refinery experience includes the following locations, projects, and duties:

Sonangol Lobito Refinery, Lobito, Angola - New Amine Regeneration unit, Sour Water Stripper, Sulfur Recovery unit and Saturated Gas Plant for a grassroots 200,00 BPD refinery. Work scope development and man-hour estimates for detailed engineering for multiple refinery units. (FEED).

Suncor Montreal Refinery, Montreal Quebec, Canada - Delayed Coker LPG olefins hydrotreater (Process design package). 

TOTAL Lindsey Oil Refinery, Immingham, UK - New diesel / heating oil hydrotreater including a new hydrodesulfurization unit, hydrogen plant, sulfur recovery unit, sour water stripper, and amine regeneration unit and utility systems upgrade (FEED).

KNPC Shuaiba Refinery, Shuaiba, Kuwait - Amine (MEA) treating facilities for treating sour gas (FEED).

Sunoco Eagle Point Refinery, Westville, NJ (Shutdown) - Low sulfur gasoline hydrotreater (Detailed / Construction). Out-of-service gasoline hydrotreater revamp (Conceptual). Cumene unit revamp expansion (FEED / Detailed).

Sunoco Point Breeze Refinery, Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia Energy Solutions) - Low sulfur gasoline hydrotreater (Detailed / Construction). FCC debottlenecking revamp including the FCC feed preheat train, wet gas compressor, main fractionator, gas plant and existing gas caustic treating system. (Conceptual). New FCC flue gas economizer (Conceptual). Propane Terminal Upgrade (Conceptual / FEED). Hydrogen Purification membrane unit (Conceptual). Flare header replacement / Relief valve adequacy (Conceptual / FEED / Detailed). Absorption tower performance (Conceptual). TAME unit study (Conceptual). Deisobutanizer modifications (Conceptual). Crude unit relief study (Conceptual).

Chevron / Sunoco Girard Point Refinery, Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia Energy Solutions) - MTBE offsites revamp including marine barge unloading, component storage, gasoline blending, gasoline storage, and oxygenate removal unit (FEED / Detailed). Butane isomerization offsites including feed preparation, feed storage, and utilities (FEED). Refinery steam production economics (Study).

Sunoco Toledo Refinery, Toledo, Ohio (PBF Energy) - Crude unit / FCC debottlenecking revamp (Conceptual). Low sulfur gasoline hydrotreater (Detailed / Construction).

Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery, Marcus Hook, PA (Shutdown, now an "Industrial Complex") - Flare header and process vent study (Conceptual).

Mobil / Valero Paulsboro Refinery, Paulsboro, NJ (PBF Energy) - CHD relief valve study (Conceptual). ZSM-5 catalyst commercial plant test (Research & Development). FCC unit performance monitoring (Tech service). HF Alkylation unit debottleneck revamp including FCC gas plant (FEED / Detailed). Refinery relief load study (Conceptual).

Conoco Bayway Refinery, Linden, NJ (Phillips66) - Flare header and process vent study (Conceptual).

Star Enterprise Delaware City Refinery, Delaware City, DE (PBF Energy) - Refinery strategies for reformulated gasoline production (Conceptual). Propane storage vapor recovery (Conceptual). Benzene railcar facility (FEED / Detailed).

Marathon Garyville Refinery, Garyville, LA - HF Alkylation unit equipment corrosion (Study). HF acid truck unloading overpressure protection (Conceptual). HF Alkylation unit relief load mitigation strategy (Study).

Citgo Paulsboro Asphalt Refinery, Paulsboro, NJ (Axeon Specialty Products) - Crude and Vacuum unit relief valve modifications (FEED / Detailed). Caustic pipeline pig station (FEED). Boiler feedwater and service water systems debottleneck revamp (Conceptual). P&ID updates for OSHA 1910 (Tech service).

BP Trainer Refinery, Trainer, PA (Monroe Energy/Delta Airlines) - Light ends rail facility (FEED / Detailed). Catalytic Reformer benzene reduction & chloride treating (Conceptual / FEED / Detailed). Vacuum tower vacuum system and hot well revamp (Conceptual).

Process Simulator Skills:

    • Simci (Pro/II, VisualFlare)
    • Hyprotech (Hysys, Flarenet)
    • Aspen (AspenPlus, Icarus Process Evaluator)
    • BR&E (ProMax)
    • CHEMCAD.

Eugene Halford Earns Professional Engineering Registration - December 2015

PROCESS is pleased to announce that Eugene Halford, working out of the Oak Ridge, Tennessee office, has just recently completed the requirements for and been awarded his P.E. license for the state of Tennessee. We congratulate Eugene on achieving this significant accomplishment. Eugene currently holds the distinction of being the youngest professionally licensed chemical engineer at PROCESS. Eugene has recently transferred within PROCESS from the Process Safety Services Group to the Commercial Process Design Services Group where he has begun working on a variety of process design projects for our clients.

Eugene is currently an Associate Process Engineer, a chemical engineer (B.S. University of Tennessee, 2010) with 5 years experience in detail process design engineering including PFD and P&ID development, laboratory scale test development, process simulation, process optimization, troubleshooting, equipment specification, and waste treatment systems design, as well as production engineering support, procedure development, environmental permitting, and customer liaison duties in the chemicals industry.

We congratulate Eugene on achieving this significant accomplishment!

PROCESS Awarded FEL-1 and 2 Design Contracts for Multiple New Plants

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 09, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (ALLM) (the "Company") announced today that Company subsidiary AMG Energy Group, LLC contracted with Process Engineering Associates, LLC (PROCESS) to complete the Front-End Loading 1 and 2 (FEL-1 and FEL-2) engineering phases necessary for the construction of commercial CTS plants and to collect contracted license fees. Carbolosic holds the exclusive, worldwide license to the patented mechanical/chemical technology, “CTS™” developed by the University of Central Florida. The CTS technology is able to produce Sugars, Various Fine Chemicals, Plastics, Carbon Fibers and other valuable products from virtually any plant material, wood or paper by product, fruit casings or bio waste. 

Visit this site for a detailed press release:


Mike Sessions, P.E. Becomes Company Partner

Effective January 1, 2015, Mike Sessions has been made a partner (Member) of PROCESS.  Since joining our company in early 2011, Mike has been the driving force behind the establishment and growth of PROCESS' Gulf Coast Regional office as its Business Unit Manager.  He has spent countless hours doing what has been the hallmark of achievement at PROCESS - using only his raw talent and determination, building something out of nothing.  Now fully in tune with the philosophies and practices of PROCESS, the existing partners believe it is time to welcome Mike's input to company management on an equal basis.  Please join us in congratulating Mike on his new role at PROCESS.


New Partnership Targets Turn-Key Projects

August 2014 - Walbridge Process Engineering & Construction (WPE&C) is a newly formed full-service EPC firm combining the process engineering capabilities of Process Engineering Associates, LLC (PROCESS) with construction expert Walbridge ( The company is based in Greenville, S.C. and offers process engineering, detail engineering (via subcontract), and construction services to customers in the chemical process industry, as well as the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, specialty chemical, and oil and gas industries. WPE&C has global reach and specializes in providing tailored solutions to industrial process clients looking for a single source project partner.

Does this mean PROCESS is now offering detail engineering services - NO, NEVER! We note that while process engineering, design management, and construction services will be offered directly by the new firm, detail design services will be subcontracted. Therefore, it does mean that some of our trusted engineering company clients may have an opportunity to participate as team members on turn-key projects that neither they nor PROCESS had opportunities for in the past. PROCESS will remain an independent process engineering company able to provide services in a non-competitive manner to many engineering company clients. WPE&C will pursue project opportunities where clients require turn-key EPC services.

Detail engineering services on all WPE&C projects are provided through key subcontracted design partners selected to best suit each specific opportunity, based on the detail company's experience, the project needs, and geography. This unique approach allows the EPC team to be closely tailored to the particular requirements of each assignment, providing the best match of resources to every project. We believe the intentional strategic use of outside detail engineering group subcontractors provides an unsurpassed opportunity to customize a turn-key capable EPC project team for each specific project. This unique combination of two very specialized groups at opposite ends of the project spectrum (process engineering and construction) combined with the plug-and-play approach to detail engineering is a first of its kind to the best of our knowledge. Think about it - you're hiring a deep, stable, senior level process group with no pressures to feed work to a large detail design team, you're hiring a detail design team that has been hand selected for your specific project (not a one size fits all approach), and you're hiring a seasoned construction group who is an industry leader in safety and lean construction practices and has a “lessons learned” database comprised of nearly 4,500 'don’t forget' experiences from past projects.

What does PROCESS get out of this partnership? Only the potential to work and get paid for the process engineering services we provide as part of a turn-key project team, nothing commissions, no percentage of profits, nothing else. We refuse to receive payment for anything other than providing our process engineering services so that our independence and unbiased technical objectivity is never at risk or in question. That is just one way we will continue to bring value to so many different types of clients.

Visit the webpage of Walbridge Process Engineering & Construction (WPE&C) to learn more.


Alternative Natural Rubber Pilot-Plant Project for Ohio State University Makes News

Process Engineering Associates, LLC (PROCESS) was contracted by a major U.S. University research group to assist in the development of a pilot scale process to produce an alternative source of refined natural rubber extracted from the roots of a Russian dandelion plant.  The goal of the project is to lessen U.S. dependence on natural rubber imported mainly from Southeastern Asia which is used in tire manufacturing.  While pilot scale work had been conducted during the 1940s as part of the war effort, the researchers sought to recreate and improve the process at the lab scale.  PROCESS used a combination of this information to design certain key unit operations needing further lab work, as well as generate simulations, preliminary material and energy balances, and an order of magnitude cost estimate for a pilot and commercial scale facility.  PROCESS worked closely with the researchers to develop and optimize a unique counter-current extraction process to separate the rubber from the plant roots.  PROCESS then developed a comprehensive process design package (HMBs, PFDs, P&IDs, equipment specs., etc.) and subsequently assisted the client during the startup phase. Read the article in the Ohio Country Journal and a more recent article in Downstream Today (Aug 2014). More information on this project can be Viewed Here.


InvestorIntel Invterview: Hop Boyd on the Real Advantage of Having the Right Chemical Processing Engineer on the Job

Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - April 10, 2014) - Hop Boyd Jr., Chief Manager, Process Engineering Associates LLC (PROCESS) speaks to Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel. Hop has been a chemical engineer for many years and he describes his job, in jest, as a "highly educated plumber". Of course, PROCESS does much more than that. It offers process engineering services - as opposed to electrical, mechanical or structural - from design and to safety services, relying on its over 50 highly qualified, full-time chemical engineers. As a further analogy, Hop describes the typical scenario of a prospective client approaching PROCESS to shift from the small scale production of a given chemical to an industrial one. In other words Hop and his team will help the client by designing and developing a process on an industrial scale "that will manufacture methyl-ethyl-death or whatever it is in this person' dreams to manufacture."

The crucial issue for InvestorIntel, however, is what PROCESS can do for rare earth companies. Hop promptly says that PROCESS will not help them get the mineral out of the ground: "but when you get something out of the ground, you have to separate it or purify it, or even possibly convert it into another form. And that's where we come in, designing, troubleshooting, and helping with processes to do that." What should happen if the rare earth companies choose the wrong process engineering solutions? Hop offers a personal account to explain what can go wrong. Indeed, the story relates to the 'genesis' of Process Engineering itself. Hop "was working as a process engineer for another company at a major chemical company client site and we were working on a separate process when an engineer said: come to the back, where there was a brand new process sitting there; it was beautiful... But, the engineer told me that it got 50% of the production that it was supposed to deliver." In other words the design of that chemical process was "messed up", because they didn't hire the proper chemical process engineering team from the very beginning.

PROCESS is a company made up exclusively by chemical engineers. As such PROCESS is uniquely qualified to evaluate the viability of a given project, offering as unbiased an answer as possible. That is because "other engineering companies have chemical as well as mechanical, civil, electrical engineering and in most cases they make their money mostly from these latter disciplines; therefore, there is a tendency... or a subtle pressure to have a project move forward, that the answer from the beginning of the chemical process design, the engineer says, yes, this makes sense, it needs to move forward," influencing the other disciplines. Hop explains that PROCESS does not have a "dog in the fight" as to whether or not a project goes forward. The risk, then, is that the comprehensive engineering companies are under more pressure to give a project a favorable evaluation in order to see a project proceed, whereas PROCESS is solely focused on evaluating the chemical aspects.


A PROCESS Biofuels Customer Making News

One of PROCESS' biofuels clients recently made news with regards to their successful commercial scale advances in enzyme esterification in the production of biodiesel. Blue Sun's St. Joseph Refinery in St. Joseph, Missouri produces biodiesel. They were recently the subject of a very complimentary article in the Biofuels Digest; Article on St. Joseph Refinery Their advances offer the promise of lower conversion costs.

PROCESS congratulates Blue Sun and everyone at the St. Joseph facility in their accomplishments. You have our best wishes for continued success!


PROCESS Implements Management Changes Effective January 2014

Effective January 1, 2014 the following management changes took effect at PROCESS:

  • Mr. Roger Efferson was appointed Business Development Manager for Process Engineering Associates, LLC
  • Ms. Jacqui Stewart, P.E. was named Business Unit Manager for the Tennessee office Commercial Chemicals group of Process Engineering Associates, LLC (in addition to her continuing role as Business Unit Manager for the Pennsylvania office)
  • Mr. Andy Felker was appointed President of Process Engineering International, LLC.

In the book Good to Great, author Jim Collins speaks to getting "the right people on the bus" and then getting these people "in the right seats". These three individuals have always been the right people to get on the bus; we believe that a slight adjustment in seat assignments will help position the PROCESS family to serve our clients better than ever before. Which is all that matters.

Pete Sederburg Earns Professional Engineering Registration - December 2013

PROCESS is pleased to announce that Pete Sederburg, working out of the Richland, Washington office, has just recently completed the requirements for and been awarded his P.E. license for the state of Washington. We congratulate Pete on achieving this significant accomplishment. Pete will be assuming the role of Business Unit Manager for the Washington office moving forward.

PROCESS Tennessee Client Receives Prestigious Safety Award

September 17, 2013 – One of PROCESS' valued clients, the SI Group specialty chemical manufacturing plant in Newport, Tennessee has been awarded the Volunteer STAR Award by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA). The plant site has earned this top safety award as a result of its outstanding safety record and ongoing commitment to safety and health issues.  

“To say that we are pleased with this designation is an understatement,” said Jeff Prickett, Director of Tennessee Operations. “This award is the culmination of the tremendous effort of everyone at our Tennessee facility and the company’s relentless pursuit of on-the-job safety.”

PROCESS congratulates everyone at the Newport facility on this outstanding achievement! View Full Press Release


Brent Barnes Earns Professional Engineering Registration - June 2013

PROCESS is pleased to announce that Brent Barnes, working out of the Oak Ridge, Tennessee office, has just recently completed the requirements for and been awarded his P.E. license for the state of Tennessee. We congratulate Brent on achieving this significant accomplishment. Brent is currently working on a large scale process design project within our nuclear services group.

PROCESS Opens Pacific Coast Regional Office - January 2013

PROCESS has formed a new office in the Richland, Washington area for the purpose of serving both commercial and nuclear (Hanford Site related) clients in the Pacific Coast region more effectively. The office is staffed by Mr. Steven A. (Steve) Davis, P.E. (M.S. Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1976) and Mr. J. P. (Pete) Sederburg (B.S. Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University, 1987).

Office contact information:

Process Engineering Associates, LLC
404 Catskill Road
Richland, WA 99354
(509) 430-5328


Jacqui Stewart, P.E. Becomes a Company Partner - January 2013

Effective January 1, 2013, Ms. Jacqui Stewart has been made a partner (Member) of PROCESS.  Since she rejoined the company in 2006 (she was an original Partner when the company formed in 1996) as the Pennsylvania office Business Unit Manager, she has grown that office some 8 fold and has contributed greatly to the management of the company during that time.  The existing Partners at PROCESS welcome her equal input into the future management of the company in the years to come.  With her leadership abilities and hard work, she has certainly earned this opportunity. Please join us in congratulating Jacqui on her new role at PROCESS.

Mike Sessions Earns Professional Engineering Registration - January 2013

PROCESS is pleased to announce that Mike Sessions, working out of the Daphne, Alabama office, has just recently completed the requirements for and been awarded his P.E. license for the state of Alabama. We congratulate Mike on achieving this significant accomplishment. Mike will be assuming the role of Business Unit Manager for the Alabama office moving forward.

PROCESS Opens Gulf Coast Regional Office - July 2012

PROCESS has formed a new office in the Mobile, Alabama area for the purpose of serving our clients along the U.S. Gulf Coast region more effectively. Mr. Louis Herrington, P.E. (B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1961) is serving as the Business Unit Manager for this office and Mr. Mike Sessions (M.S. Chemical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, 1985) serves as the Chief Process Engineer for the office. Office contact information:

Process Engineering Associates, LLC
25353 Friendship Road, Suite B
Daphne, AL 36526
(251) 635-7649


Robust Growth Returns to PROCESS - January 2012

After the "down" years (by our standards) of 2009 and 2010, when we acheived only a 20% combined growth total for those two years, PROCESS grew by 21.4% as measured by sales during 2011. As always, we thank our loyal long-time customers as well as our new and soon-to-be customers for our success.

'Cracker' Preliminary Design Project Makes News - January 2012

PROCESS is performing a series of feasibility studies and preliminary process design work for a consortium in West Virginia called Invictus LLC. The company plans to build an Ethylene Cracker unit to produce Ethylene and other products at a site in WV. The plant would utilize the growing supply of wet shale gas reserves that are part of both the Marcellus and Utica fields. This gas contains a high concentration of ethane and other heavier hydrocarbons. The plant under consideration would include front end gas cleanup and separations, the Cracker unit, and associated downstream separations units.

The following news articles on this project were recently released:


PROCESS Client Featured on "World's Greatest" Television Show - May 2010

May 2010 - Diversified CPC International, Inc. was recently selected by the ION Network to be in their "World's Greatest" series representing specialty gas producers. Diversified CPC International is a global leader in the production of high quality aerosol propellants, specialty gases, alternative fuels, NGL refrigerants, physical foam blowing agents, and related products.  PROCESS is proud to have provided process engineering design services on a number of different projects for this client. There is no better reward than to play a role in helping our clients be successful. View the 4 minute video clip on the Diversified CPC Web Site.

Congratulations to Diversified CPC International, Inc. !


PROCESS Now Registered with SABIC - January 2010

January 2010 - PROCESS was officially notified that it is now an approved contractor for process engineering services to Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC). SABIC is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chemicals, fertilizers, plastics, and metals. SABIC is also is the largest non-oil company in the Middle East and one of the world’s five largest petrochemicals manufacturers.

PROCESS is exclusively represented in Saudi Arabia by House of Energy & Industrial Technologies Co. Ltd. (HOEIT). Without the expert assistance and support of HOEIT this vendor approval would not have been possible. This approval is one more step towards securing increased process engineering work from abroad.


PROCESS Launches New Subsidiary to Focus on International Projects

Oak Ridge, Tennessee – January 30, 2009 - Process Engineering Associates, LLC (PROCESS) announces the immediate formation of PROCESS ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL, LLC, a U.S. based chemical engineering company that will focus primarily on the need for chemical engineering services in the overseas markets.  The overall goal of Process Engineering International will be to provide expert process simulation, process design, construction oversight, and process safety solutions to non-U.S. based clients.

The formation of a subsidiary company to concentrate only on international chemical engineering work will complement PROCESS' domestic operations by allowing overseas customers to realize the same high quality service and innovative solutions to which U.S. customers have become accustomed.

Based in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (USA), Process Engineering International will use the resources of a multitude of chemical engineers and chemical engineering tools to provide services to improve operations of overseas clients. Personnel are available to do work remotely or at the client’s location, virtually anywhere in the world.

Process Engineering International has access to staff with on-site experience in Europe, Asia, and North America.  A partial list of targeted industries includes chemical production, petroleum refining, petrochemical production, alternative fuels generation, pharmaceuticals, waste/wastewater treatment, and many others.

For additional information on Process Engineering International, call the main office at +1 865 220 8732 or visit their web site at


PROCESS Now Registered with Saudi Aramco - March 2008

Earlier this year PROCESS signed an agreement with a company named House of Energy & Industrial Technologies Co. Ltd. (HOEIT) to act as a sales Representative for our services in Saudi Arabia. In support of these efforts, and with the expert assistance of HOEIT, PROCESS applied for and was granted official approval as an out of country supplier of engineering services to Saudi Aramco. Saudi Aramco is the national oil company of Saudi Arabia. It is the largest oil corporation in the world with the largest proven crude oil reserves and production. This approval is one step towards securing increased process engineering design work from abroad.


National News Article - February 26, 2008

USA Today recently ran an article on a project to design and test a CO2 Capture Pilot-Plant at a Coal-Fired Power Plant. PROCESS provided significant process design and engineering services to this project as a subcontractor to Lambert Engineers, Inc. After running the plant, Alstom officials now say preliminary data shows that carbon capture demonstration project is successful - read News Release.

Read a summary of our role in the CO2 Capture Pilot-Plant Project


Blind Chemical Engineer Interns at PROCESS - Summer 2007

Mr. Noel Romey (B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas, 2004), is currently interning in PROCESS' Oak Ridge, Tennessee office.  Noel is unique in that he is, as far as anyone knows, the first blind since birth chemical engineer in history!  His internship is part of his graduate school work and is meant to demonstrate his ability to do commercial sector chemical engineering as well as to discover the technological obstacles that need to be overcome in the future such that he can become a fully-independent worker in a competitive free market environment.

Using specialized equipment, Noel can perform computer process simulations using PROCESS’ licensed commercial process simulation software, Chemstations’ CHEMCAD.  Thus far, Noel has produced several comprehensive petroleum refinery simulations:

  • Diesel hydrotreater
  • Amine treater
  • Scot tail gas unit
  • Fuel gas treater
  • Sour water stripper

In addition, Noel has generated simulations for client-specific projects in the Oak Ridge office:

  • Methanol and glycerine fractionation systems for a biodiesel production facility
  • High-purity propylene fractionation system for a hydrocarbon light ends production company

Noel has also performed a boiling point curve analysis of a hydrocarbon feed stream and characterized the stream in terms of paraffinic hydrocarbon compounds in support of a process evaluation project.  Finally, he completed the simulation that appears in PROCESS’ Excel Interface demonstration located on our Home Page and wrote the original text for the demonstration verbal presentation.

It has been a great learning experience, for both Noel and PROCESS.  We are very glad to have him here.


PROCESS Recognized by SNS for Key Contributions - June 2006

PROCESS was presented a plaque of appreciation and recognition by the Spallation Neutron Source Target Utilities Lead engineer, Lorelei Jacobs, shortly after startup in 2006. It was given in recognition for the significant contributions made with regards to the target area utilities systems design, installation, testing, and startup. These systems are critical to the operation of this new fundamental physics research facility. Through the contributions of many, these systems were ready on schedule and operated as designed. Click on the images for a better look.

Congratulations to All!

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