Process Industries

Process plants and projects continue to face increasing pressure. Restructured and downsized internal engineering, construction and maintenance resources. Complex regulatory conditions. Changing market conditions and advancements in technology and equipment, driving owners to expand facilities to bring new products to market, consolidate plants, and improve operating efficiencies.

The Austin Company partners with clients to support their success in these dynamic conditions. Our experience includes projects from research and development bench scale, to pilot plants and full production plants – both brownfield and greenfield.

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We provide clients with a unique understanding and passion for developing, constructing and operating sophisticated process plants and projects. Our strength is working across the project lifecycle as a technology-neutral process integrator.

Our specialties include PHA participation, process piping, utility piping, air separation and hydrogen plants, pipe stress analysis, liquids handling, loading and unloading, 3D design, 3D design utilization in the field, structural analysis and design, modularization, equipment and process integration.

We leverage these areas of specialization into our full-service EPC project delivery approach, providing clients with a single point of accountability and responsibility that delivers projects faster, safer, more predictably, at better quality and a better value.

Our team's experience includes:   

  • Grassroots plant and facilities to produce world’s highest purity fused silica glass. Implementation of new technology, moving from R&D to production scale.
  • Plant expansion for 20 million pounds/year of acetic acid based esterification product for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food.
  • Chemical production complex: 100 process projects over a six-year period, including caustic storage tanks, phosgene reactor projects, CR39 optical resins plant.
  • Grassroots NGL liquids handling, storage and railcar loading and unloading facilities at a fractionation plant.
  • Addition of a SBU and cat cracker unit (CCU) to handle heavy crude at a refinery.
  • A pilot plant, then commercialization plant, then greenfield production plant for a world’s leading specialty chemicals producer – implementing new process technology.
  • Restructuring of TDA production facility. Improved plant on-stream factor from < 40% to over 90%, raising production capacity by 30% through debottlenecking. 
  • Plant expansion to add production of stable isotopes used in medical testing. Project included complex chemical reactions and need to maintain very tight operating conditions within and surrounding the distillation columns.