James Chemical Engineering

As a technical consultant, James Chemical Engineering (JCE), a division of Thielsch Engineering, has serviced the chemical industry for over 50 years, providing a broad range of chemical process-related services.

JCE has worked with clients in more than 30 countries, assisting plant owners in assessing the feasibility, both technical and commercial, from new fertilizer projects to plant expansions. In many cases, JCE has a continuing role in providing independent consultant services during the design and construction phases. JCE is called upon by industry, governments, and financial institutions world-wide, to provide technical, commercial, and management assistance on a broad range of chemical process-related services such as fertilizer consulting, process optimization (capacity, efficiency, reliability, and safety), feasibility studies, and design engineering.

To hear more about our broad range of services click the links below:

Fertlizer Consulting
Process/Energy Optimization
Feasibility Studies
Design Engineering

Fertilizer Consulting

JCE is proud of their history of assisting fertilizer plant owners in developing, designing, expanding, and operating their facilities and doing so in a safe and efficient manner. They have performed feasibility studies, prepared Invitations to Bid and/or served as Owner’s Technical Advisor for numerous recent fertilizer projects including SIUCI, Profertil, Algeria-Oman Fertilizer Project (AOFP), Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company (KAFCO), and OMIFCO.

Our knowledge of the various fertilizer processes, including ammonia, urea, DAP, SSP/TSP, and NPK, has made JCE a recognized consultant for over 40 years. JCE has and continues to serve as the Lender’s Advisor for several projects, which required the preparation of quarterly financial and progress statements. As a part of being the Technical Consultant, JCE’s work has included virtually every aspect of fertilizer plant operations.

Fertilizer Consulting Services

  • Initial concept development and site selection
  • Feasibility studies
  • Preparation of bidding documents
  • Review of bids
  • Assistance with contract negotiation
  • Review of the design
  • Equipment specification
  • Construction monitoring and management
  • Startup assistance
  • Operational monitoring and assistance
  • Engineering for plant refurbishment or expansion
  • Accident investigation

Process/Energy Optimization

JCE’s Process and Energy Optimization programs consist of three phases.

  • Phase I entails our engineers working with our clients with the objectives of improving reliability, capacity, efficiency and environmental effects with minimum equipment modifications. At the conclusion of Phase I, a detailed report is compiled, covering points above with estimated costs and a schedule for implementation.
  • Phase II utilizes the report assembled during Phase I to create a detailed engineering plan.
  • Phase III is the actual construction and start-up of the modifications. In many cases, this construction can be done in stages and can be put into operation during normal maintenance turnarounds.

We have successfully optimized more than 30 plants since 1965; our system is proven to bring plants up to maximum reliable operating capacity, in the least amount of time and at a minimal cost.

Design Engineering

Thielsch Engineering (TEI) has a long history of providing design engineering services with clients that involve emergencies, short-notice critical problems, and/or maintenance support as well as the completion of multiple capital projects. These projects and services are performed over the span of an annual contract with renewal options and/or a long-term relationship with a repeat client.

In particular, engineering support performed in the past has included emergency services such as:

  • Investigating failures of equipment leading to plant shutdowns or major disasters
  • Short-notice requests for inspection or repair of equipment
  • Short-notice requests for reviews of plant operations, troubleshooting, and debottlenecking.

Engineering work in the form of capital projects has also made up a significant amount of design services for clients that look to TEI to help them with a critical issue, upgrade and expand their facilities, install new equipment or perform feasibility and engineering studies.

Depending on the kind of work performed in the scope of the design engineering services, the technical approach and allocation of engineering and/or management talent will be tailored to the specific needs of the services required. TEI is fortunate to have 350 full time employees and a wide range of in-house capabilities to perform many different services that may be required for on-call projects. TEI’s diverse engineering and inspection/testing capabilities allow quick turnaround and short-notice/emergency response when needed.

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