Refining overview

Improving operational performance.

The transforming market conditions in many regions, coupled with robust oil and gas production, are compelling many refiners to capitalize on the changing dynamics and invest in new and expanded facilities. Working for industry leaders such as BP, ConocoPhillips, Valero, Total, and Neste Oil, Jacobs executes major revamps and grassroots projects across petroleum refining, gas processing, liquefied natural gas, and associated offsite and environmental facilities worldwide.

Shifting market conditions are demanding longer-term strategies, as well as specific project initiatives. Anticipating and fulfilling changing, environmentally-driven regulations is essential and this continues to be a key driver to our clients’ investment in many large scale projects. With the shale oil, tight oil and crudes increasingly available, refiners are looking to adapt to the growing and diverse resource and feedstock position. Whatever our clients’ business priorities, our long-established – and often global relationships – give us insight and understanding to help deliver sustainable value.

Jacobs provides market analysis and opportunity identification, plus techno-economic evaluations of new capital projects. Other specialized offerings include: 

  • Plant and reactor modeling & scheduling
  • Market & economic evaluations
  • Environmental feasibility studies
  • Safety management, optimization, and licensing studies
  • Preliminary process design & simulation
  • Process control strategy
  • Energy analysis & strategy
  • Novel reactors
  • Capital cost estimating
  • Feasibility & FEED studies
  • Master planning
  • Commissioning

Refining

Flexible and results-driven.

For refining clients, Jacobs designs and constructs grassroots units, complete full modernization programs, turnarounds and maintenance projects, and advise on energy conservation and optimization. 

Jacobs supports its clients around the world delivering a complete range of activities from economic studies, evaluation of new technologies, conceptual and basic design, to engineering, procurement, construction, construction management and commissioning.

Evolving and tightening environmental regulations are impacting many refiners, and our experience in clean fuels, environmental and compliance projects is helping clients thrive in this quickly changing environment. 

We advise early in the project planning and development phases and, continue to bring a wealth of process expertise to the design development and environmental definition of major projects. Jacobs takes a flexible and solution-driven approach to project management and schedule control, drawing from the best of our wide industry and geographic experience.

Hindustan Petroleum Company, Ltd., Diesel Hydrotreater, Mumbai Refinery, Mumbai, India
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd., Refinery Expansion, Mangalore, India
Valero Refining Company, Bill Greehey Refinery West Plant Boiler, TX, USA
BP, CAT Fractionator, Texas City, TX, USA
BP, G-10 Project at Kwinana Refinery, Western Australia, Credit: Image @ BP p.l.c.
BP Whiting Refinery Modernization Project, Whiting, IN, USA
Valero Refining Company, Bill Greehey Refinery West Plant Boiler, TX, USA
ConocoPhillips, Los Angeles Refinery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Specialized services

  • Crude stabilization and separation
  • Catalytic reforming
  • Catalytic cracking
  • Hydrocracking
  • Hydro treating
  • Alkylation
  • Isomerization
  • Polymerization
  • Hydrogen purification
  • Asphalt production
  • Aromatics fractionation
  • Solvent extraction
  • Gasoline treatment
  • Sulfur recovery and treatment
  • Blending and storage systems
  • Flare and utility systems
  • Clean fuels: gasoline and diesel
  • Storage and handling

Gas processing/LNG

Investing and upgrading within the gas industry.

Jacobs' gas clients face a wide variety of local, legislative and environmental conditions, as they look to expand, upgrade their existing brownfield assets, or invest in new processing or storage facilities.

Our global reach and technical competence enable us to help our clients no matter the scale or complexity of their gas processing and liquefied natural gas (LNG) assets and associated storage facilities. Jacobs provides complete asset life cycle capability from scoping studies and technical evaluations, through to engineering, design, procurement, construction/construction management, modification and maintenance capability, start-up, and commissioning.

Jacobs' specialized gas processing and liquids services include:

  • Gas dehydration, treating, compression
  • LPG/NGL recovery, NGL production
  • Sour gas and CO2 treating
  • Sulfur recovery and treatment
  • Liquids/crude oil treating and stabilization
Australia Pacific LNG (JV between Origin, ConocoPhillips, and Sinopec), Queensland CSG to LNG Industry, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Photo courtesy of Australia Pacific LNG
Santos, Ltd., Moomba Regenerative Gas Heater Project, Adelaide, Australia
Scottish and Southern Energy, Aldbrough Underground Gas Storage, North Yorkshire, England, UK
BP Exploration Operating Company Ltd., Sullom Voe Terminal, Shetland Island, Scotland
Elengy, LNG Terminal, Montoire de Bretagne, France