It’s a riddle posed for any new industrial plant: Do you go with an off-the-shelf design that’s cheaper to build but potentially less efficient—or do you custom design a facility, making it more costly to construct, but that will be more efficient?


Which approach will be more profitable?


That question certainly applies for natural gas processing plants, a pair of processing plant engineers told attendees at the pre-conference midstream program of Hart Energy’s DUG Permian conference.