Arabian Consulting Engineering Centre (ACEC) is an engineering and design company located in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The services listed in this document can be performed directly by the ACEC in-Kingdom staff or in special cases in association with technical consultants, specialists and designers brought in from Europe and the U.S.A.to supplement the local staff.
ACEC has been engaged either as a Main Contractor or Supplemental Contractor by many In-Kingdom Clients. We have developed a large experienced organization with broad technical skills to fulfil the typical requirements of our Clients in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Region. The stability and integrity of the organization are such that the Company has never failed to complete a project, or lost a project through default.
The Scope of Services of ACEC as described below, incorporates activities required for the successful implementation of projects requiring multiple resources:
Preparation of economic and feasibility studies to develop the overall project concept, and develop financial and management plans to implement the project.
Formulate, review and finalize, as necessary, complete project specifications (basis of design), definition of project material and product specifications, process units, integrated plant block flow diagrams, non-process facilities, and the philosophy of design.
Assemble design information for local conditions such as meteorological data, soil survey, topographic survey, transportation facilities, utilities, and the local codes and conditions which are applicable.
Represent the Client with governmental agencies and coordinate and handle the dissemination of information to all subcontractors relative to prevailing regulations, codes, work permits, and other items.
Formulate and/or review the overall primary schedule of the project for each segment of work or process unit including any offsite-facilities.
Prepare bid documents & project specifications and evaluate the bids received; advise the client on the placement of contracts or adjustments required to contracts previously placed.
Review and evaluate the preliminary and final detailed schedules of any process licensors, engineering subcontractors, and the constructor. This review will cover engineering, procurement and start-up; and include the planning and forecasting of manpower requirements in the home office and at the construction site.
Review or prepare conceptual planning documents including plot plan, road network, utilities generation & distribution, waste effluents collection & disposal, administrative and service buildings, feedstock & products storage, shipping facilities and other infrastructure.
Prepare or review process block-flow diagrams, material and energy balances, equipment sizing, and specifications for major equipment and mechanical flow sheets.
Prepare or review the engineering contractor's specifications for mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, structural, and civil engineering design prepared by others.
Specify or review selection of major equipment by others and evaluate any request for additional payments due to changes of equipment.
Review and monitor or conduct a procurement program including inspection and expediting procedures, transportation to site, export and import documentation, and plans for receiving equipment and materials at the work site.
Witness shop acceptance tests of major equipment, and provide inspection and expediting services as requested by the owner.
Furnish field construction advisory or direct construction management as required including management construction technical specialists to monitor or direct the contractors field plans and performance.
Formulate, review and summarize the project cost estimate and forecast.
Monitor engineering & construction progress reports & the corrective action if necessary.
Manage or monitor the expenditure of funds (purchasing commitments) in accordance with financial arrangements.
Recommend/prepare or conduct training programs for client's personnel regarding start-up, operation, maintenance, and management of facilities.
Project Design Services:
ACEC generally uses a task force approach for large projects to perform this work. The task force is a multi-disciplined group headed by a Project Manager with the Technical, Management and Leadership skills necessary to delivering value engineering work and end products to schedule, within budget and in meeting client expectations. A Project may range from simple equipment replacement work to extensive engineering, procurement, and construction which typically include problem definition/evaluation, scheduling, engineering, design, purchasing, and construction.
Performance Improvement Services:
ACEC has worked or is presently working in the Middle East on facilities ranging from gathering systems, to cross country pipelines, GOSP facilities, bulk plants, pumping stations, tank farm gauging and modernization programs, ethylene studies, MTBE studies, preparation of ITB documents for numerous types of projects and other work related to gathering, preliminary treatment and transport of crude to processing facilities, including the process facilities themselves. Major clients include SAUDI ARAMCO, The Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu, Petrokemya, Kemya, Sabic, Samref, Luberef, Ibn Zahr, Ibn Sina, Sadaf, Sharq, Bapco, Banoco, Sceco, East/Central/West.
Modernization & Revamps:
Modernizations, modifications and revamps involve optimization studies, engineering, design, procurement, expediting and construction and result in the replacement or addition of plant components to enhance the plant's operation, or product mix.
Energy Efficiency Improvements:
In a facility, the cost of energy may constitute a major portion of the operating cost. Improving the energy efficiency means improved profitability. Energy related improvements often provide quick paybacks and achieve indirect benefits such as increased capacity.
ACEC offers services for energy efficiency improvement in the following areas:
• Energy audit
• Equipment modification or replacement
• System and equipment modification for new improved schemes
• Process and control optimization
• Process and utility integration
• High and low level heat recovery and utilization
• Reduced energy and feedstock consumption
• Flare gas recovery
Feasibility / Scoping Studies:
To determine the cost-effectiveness of a modernization, revamp, or energy conservation project, a feasibility study is prepared to identify the most promising alternative schemes on a technical and economic basis. These studies may be phased to direct future capital investments so that funds are allocated to the most attractive options. In many cases, these studies are used for funding, outside approval financing, preparing tender documents, and for planning engineering, procurement, and construction activities to fit in with the scheduled plant turn-around. ACEC has the experience and capability to perform any level of feasibility study, typically including the following aspects:
• Defining areas to be studied
• Establishing goals
• Determining date required
• Performing screening study to determine initial economics
• Determining potential profitability
• Estimating cost of project
• Quantifying economics of schemes identified in screening study
• Preparing overall project schedule
Changes in supply and price, product demands and production costs, and the impact of energy utilization make conflicting demands on operation. ACEC can assist in determining the optimum operating conditions within the existing equipment constraints to adjust for variations in the following:
• Crude composition
• Feedstock composition
• Product slates
• Production levels
• Utility (fuel, power, steam) levels and pricing
• Equipment selection
ACEC offers services in the following fields:
• Linear programming computer runs
• Capacity and Production studies
• Energy conservation studies
Bottlenecks can be related to a single piece of equipment or a combination of equipment and system. Usually, minor modifications can achieve the desired capacity production, but in some cases a major revamp may be needed. ACEC has the experience and capabilities to identify bottlenecks and offer economical solutions. The services and capabilities which ACEC can offer the owner in a debottlenecking program include the following:
• Equipment modification
• Piping modification
• Equipment replacement
• Equipment substitution
• Reduced traffic via optimum operating conditions/controls
• Fouling control systems
• Corrosion inhibitors
• Furnace convection bank modification
• Cathodic protection analyses and programs