PD&C recently completed a $120 million dollar expansion of an existing biorefinery in Marion, OH, increasing the facility’s capacity by 80 million gallons per year. The new expansion features cutting-edge process technology, including an integrated steam turbine, water recovery system, and advanced fermentation process. Upon successful startup, PD&C’s fully implemented design immediately created additional production capacity and maximum operational flexibility for the facility.
The unique engineering challenges of fitting an expansion of this size onto an existing site were met head on by PD&C’s experienced team. Engineering and project management staff worked hand in hand with the biorefinery to integrate thousands of utility, process, and electrical tie-ins to the existing facility. Extensive modeling and close coordination with contractors were essential, as was extensive testing of the automation systems in PD&C’s onsite automation lab. The result was a safe and seamless integration with minimal downtime.
PD&C provided all engineering, construction, and procurement services, as well as commissioning and start-up support for this turn-key expansion project. By offering a complete package in house, PD&C had the ability to stay nimble and adjust quickly to opportunities as they arose. With the advantage of comprehensive coordination, PD&C maximized efficiency in a condensed timeline, adding value for the customer.