critical design phases for
upgrading oilseeds facilities
Before beginning work on a major upgrade or expansion project, you should consider the state of
your existing facility, as well as the business justification and long-term site plans. Just as you must
harvest a plant before extracting the oil, you must ensure that your facility is fully prepared for an
upgrade. Following are some of the items you should consider.
Inaccurate, insufficient, or even missing documentation
of your existing processes, utilities, and facility infrastructure will lead to rework, which will increase the time and
cost for any upgrades or expansion projects. In the area of
your facility that will be impacted by the proposed project change, you will need to verify and update four types
of information: 1. existing process documentation; 2. site
layout drawings and plans; 3. facility civil, structural, and
architectural documentation; and 4. design standards.
The key documents that you will need for each of these
• Process flow diagrams
• Heat and material balances
• Piping and instrumentation diagrams
• Utility balances and available capacities
site layout drawings and plans
• Plot plan
• Equipment general arrangements
• Electrical area classifications
• Undergrounds map
• Fire protection drawings
• Site master plans
• Upgrading or expanding an oilseeds facility takes a major
commitment of time and resources.
• this article summarizes key considerations you should
review before beginning such a project.
• It also includes a step-by-step process you can follow,
divided into five project phases.