Pad Equipment Layout Planning

Confidential Natural Gas Client Mercer County, PA



An upstream natural gas client needed support and design services for well pad equipment layout planning, to streamline construction services and maximize post-construction space utilization. After reviewing preliminary layouts with the client, a final equipment layout was chosen and developed for final design and construction. Working closely with the client, a final site layout that maximized accessibility of pad equipment servicing the station’s 12 wells, while considering the client’s installation preferences, was developed.

Solution Details

Well pad equipment and piping considered in the design included sand separators, indirect line heaters, gas separators with over pressure relief, fuel gas salt dryer, high-pressure natural gas piping and PIG launcher, and low-pressure total fluids piping and PIG launcher. Butt-welded, flanged high-pressure systems, as well as lower pressure threaded piping systems were both utilized in this system design.

We utilized pre-selected equipment documentation and client provided operations preferences to assemble a process flow diagram, site plan, equipment location and piping plan, and an electrical hazardous area location plan. Special considerations were taken to coordinate buried piping runs to minimize trenching, and maintain aboveground piping in areas that didn’t limit operator access/egress. Collaboration with the client throughout the design process, considering site accessibility, construction cost and operational preferences along the way, led to more informed and ultimately better decisions, and a highly successful project.


  • Site & equipment layout
  • Process flow diagram
  • Site piping plans
  • Pipe trenching plans
  • Access & egress space planning
  • Electrical hazardous area location plan
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