Holt South Central Processing Facility

Engineering, design, procurement, and construction to expand water, oil, and gas capacities of processing facility

Holt South Central Processing Facility (CPF) Project
Midland Basin, Texas
Client: Guidon Energy

Project Highlights:

  • Accommodation of future increased capacities of 40,000 barrels per day (bpd) of water, 16,000 bpd of oil, and 16 million standard cubic feet (MMSCF) of gas processing.
  • Highly coordinated management and oversight of eight consultants, two owner/operators, and numerous vendors, all working on an expedited schedule.
  • Innovative execution plan running the backend design in unison with equipment/pier setting and shop piping fabrication.
  • Facility expansion completed with zero incidents.
  • Final deliverable commissioned ahead of its deadline and represents a model for similar fast-track, low-cost construction projects.

Project Description:

After commencing preliminary engineering for the expansion of the facility, Guidon Energy engaged Sargent & Lundy for additional expertise upon determining the aggressive schedule and in-service commissioning commitments were at risk.

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The Holt South CPF was originally designed to handle 28,000 bpd of water, 12,000 bpd of oil, and 12 MMSCFD of gas processing. The facility expansion increased those capacities to 40,000 bpd of water, 16,000 bpd of oil, and 16 MMSCF of gas processing. The CPF separates raw wellhead streams into usable oil, disposable water, and gas. The oil and gas are sold to third-party facilities, and the water is sent to nearby retention ponds owned by Guidon Energy.

The complex project required highly coordinated management and oversight of eight consultants, two owner/operators, and numerous vendors, all working on an expedited schedule.

Project Scope:

Sargent & Lundy assisted Guidon Energy with all interconnecting process design; mechanical design; electrical design; equipment verification; site layout; full engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) schedule tracking; procurement tracking; vendor and consultant coordination; contractor bid packages; request for information (RFI) responses; cost tracking; construction oversight and progress tracking; and commissioning management.

Sargent & Lundy developed a live online dashboard to carefully track earned value metrics and performance indicators from initial design development through procurement support, construction management, and full onsite commissioning services. This helped to keep project stakeholders up to date with equipment deliveries, contractor actives, and overall project status. The extremely tight schedule required a shift in the typical chronological progression of a project. With the design and construction schedules approximately half of the normal time frames, equipment was being set and piping was being fabricated off site in parallel, while the design was still progressing through its final stages. This was in lieu of the usual progression of finalizing all design elements, setting all equipment, fabricating, and installing all pipe on site. Piping was delivered, painted, and ready to bolt-up, which allowed for additional schedule savings.

Schedule Milestones:

  • Project Start: September 2018
  • Project Completion: April 2019


  • 2019 Engineering Excellence Award - American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

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