The largest plant of its kind in the state, the facility is designed to significantly boost the number of soybeans processed in-state.
To expand its capacity to serve the state's agriculture sector, the confidential owner wanted to build a 3,800 TPD soybean processing facility on a 435-acre site. The owner selected Fagen, Inc. as design build contractor and Crown Iron Works, Inc. (CIW) as process provider. VAA provided structural, civil, mechanical, electrical engineering and general arrangement / process engineering as well as industrial architecture.
Given the size of the facility, coordination and document control were essential to the project. Internally, VAA divided the project into four distinct project areas with multidiscipline teams dedicated to each area. Over an 18-month design phase, VAA expended 107,000 engineering man-hours and produced 2,294 construction and fabrication drawings.
The project included design of soybean preparation and processing facilities, an oil extraction plant, oil and meal truck / rail loadout, feed ingredient receiving and storage, a 5,000 BHP boiler plant, cooling towers, maintenance building and fire protection systems.
VAA worked closely with CIW in designing the equipment layout and supporting utilities for the dehuling preparation and solvent extraction processing equipment. The firm performed Balance of Plant (BOP) design, created 581 piping isometrics and developed process flow and piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) for the preparation and extraction processes.
To enable storage of the crude and degummed soybean oil, VAA designed four 500,00-gallon storage tanks, oil pumps and meters all located in an insulated building to retain product quality. The electrical team designed an underground power distribution system from the new substation to the electrical rooms throughout the facility.
The project resulted in a facility capable of processing more than 40 million bushels a year. The largest plant of its kind in the state, the facility is designed to significantly boost the number of soybeans processed in-state.