Feasibility / Conceptual Studies & Due Diligence

RB Plant have proven capability in examining high-level options and supporting clients with the decision-making process as to which options should be progressed further. Not only do we have the technical and commercial expertise to guide clients to a solution that fits their business drivers, but we also have the essential influencing skills required to achieve board level sanctioning.

Why should businesses invest in this area?

  • This initial phase makes up a very small percent of overall project costs yet plays a vital role in ensuring project success.
  • Cutting corners on or skipping this phase becomes a false economy for example where the risk of unsuitable and/or incompatible equipment can result in major unforeseen costs which negate the proposed benefit at the start of the project.
  • Existing cost of problems can be quantified to decide whether worth pursuing – for example:
    • Lack of production rate to satisfy market demand.
    • Excessive operating costs, e.g. energy and utility usage.
    • Plant reliability causing frequent shutdowns and lost production.
    • Inadequate COMAH Basis of Safety which could lead to major incident.
  • Identify option(s) that:
    • Are most technically viable.
    • Give best commercial return.
    • Are closely aligned with business strategy/drivers.
    • Achieve regulatory compliance.

Why RB Plant?

We have decades of experience yet creative ideas to help clients succeed in this area. Our systematic and proven process is based on databases which comprise:

  • Previous and recent cost data – used to prepare CAPEX estimates from +/-50 to 10%.
  • Suppliers for a wide range of technologies. We assess each supplier impartially.
  • Industry best practice.
  • Safety standards.

All of this avoids the need to “re-invent the wheel” resulting in clients receiving cost effective and practical solutions within short timescales.

We engage all relevant stakeholders within the client teams including operations, engineering, project management and board level to ensure that all parties have an input into this process.

Some examples of where we’ve carried out feasibility studies:

  • Maximising process yields.
  • Reducing batch times.
  • Reducing energy and utility costs.
  • Reducing or even eliminating shutdown periods.
  • Heat integration and pinch technology.
  • Heat recovery using horizon scanning to earmark and assess potential options.
  • Process plant reconfiguration, expansion, contraction or modification.
  • Storage, transport and distribution of hazardous materials including COSHH.
  • Minimising waste disposal costs.
  • Minimising environmental impact including Best Available Technique (BAT).
  • Optimisation, tuning and reconfiguration of control and instrumented systems.

What we will do

We will carry out the following essential activities:

  • Preliminary scoping of prospective options.
  • Conceptual Process design with process description.
  • P&ID and PFD development.
  • HAZOP studies and technical risk analysis.
  • Equipment schedule of main plant items.
  • Budgetary cost estimates.
  • Project plan and programme estimates with interdependencies.
  • Conclusion as to which option(s) should progress to the detailed design phase.