Process engineers face many technical challenges and, while we can solve some of these problems, others must simply be managed safely. My first technical project was to determine a solution to a liquified natural gas (LNG) plant’s slop-oil disposal problem. The facility’s slop-oil tank was overflowing, causing environmental damage. The original design called for slop-oil incineration, but the incinerator was not functioning, so the slop-oil was trucked to a nearby crude-oil loading facility. This method was unreliable and the tank sometimes overflowed...
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