LNG Piping Engineering

Shell – Canadian Green Corridor, Moveable Modular Liquefaction System (MMLS) 

Brighton’s involvement in Shell’s first large scale LNG facility in Canada included the modular design and engineering of a 0.3 Megatonne/year LNG liquefaction facility, serving as the template for future LNG facilities to be built throughout North America. A list of the specific work that we provided is listed below.

  • Cryogenic Piping Layout and Engineering
  • 3-Dimensional Piping & Structural Design and Modelling of Modular LNG Storage System
  • 3-Dimensional Piping & Structural Design of Modelling of LNG Load Out Pump Skid
  • Cryogenic Pipe Support Design
  • Cryogenic Equipment Connections and Nozzle Analysis
  • Modularization of Pipe Racks & Operator Platforms
  • Mix Refrigerant Inlet Scrubber & Compressor Piping Design and Nozzle Analysis
  • Lean-Rich Amine Reboiler Exchanger & Pump Piping System
  • Cold Box Piping Analysis
LNG Pump Skid

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PDH (Propane Dehydrogenation)

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Enterprise Products Partner L.P. – Texas PDH Plant

Brighton’s involvement in Enterprise’s Texas PDH Plant includes the design consultation and stress engineering of piping and equipment in the low temperature recovery and propylene refrigerant system.  A list of the specific work provided is listed below.

  • Low Temperature Piping Layout and Engineering
  • Cold Box Piping Analysis
  • Cryogenic Equipment Connections and Nozzle Analysis
  • Cryogenic Pipe Support Design Review & consultation
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Cenovus – Foster Creek & Christina Lake Commercial Plants 

The team at Brighton has been assisting in the development of Cenovus’ Foster Creek and Christina Lake SAGD project since 2002. A number of the engineering services that were provided is lsi below.

  • Foster Creek Optimization – Phase 1A-E
  • Foster Creek Phase G Expansion
  • Wellhead Piping Studies
  • Field Inspections/Studies
  • Flex Connections (Removal)
  • Steam and Water Hammer Studies
  • Skim Tank Relocation
  • De-Oiling Water Treatment
  • PIMs (Project Initiation Memorandums)

We were involved in the implementation and optimization of a new 3-swivel head design for SAGD wellheads, allowing for greater piping flexibility which compensates for both thermal expansion and growth of wellheads during production.

Harvest Operations – BlackGold Project

With both the confidence and expertise to support domestic and international authentication services, Brighton was the key firm in authenticating all the pipes for Harvest’s 10,000 barrels per day SAGD facility.

Japan Canadian Oil Sands (JACOS) – Hangingstone SAGD Plant

For this project, we were consulted to provide engineering and design services on several API 650 storage tanks that had experienced excessive settlement.

piping 3 knuckle design

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Well Pads

From small to large, from natural gas to SAGD well pads, Brighton’s expertise goes beyond the piping system. Along with expertise in wellhead piping design and wellhead growth containment via optimized swivel joint arrangements, our team has the first-hand knowledge and capability to design expandable well pad process distribution modules capable of handling any multiple of well-pairs that a well site requires. The modularization design allows generic designs to be utilized in multiple locations for rapid production and deployment, as well as permits future reuse of modules from end-of-life wellsites to new developments.
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OSB (Oriented Strand Board) Energy Systems

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Over the last 25 years, our team has completed various OSB Energy Systems projects with clients in Grand Prairie (Alberta), Hudson Bay (Saskatchewan), and Fort St. John (British Columbia). A list of the specific work that we have provided can be seen in the list below. 

  • Hot Oil Piping System Analysis and Design
  • Custom Structural Pipe Supports
  • On-site Construction Support

OSB Piping 300

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OTSG Power Generation

Steam Generators are a vital component to many facilities for natural gas fired steam power generation and co-generation for SAGD and similar facilities using steam. Brighton’s experience includes working with Once-Through Steam Generator (OTSG) Power Generation systems and associated piping systems throughout the Oil & Gas industry, and the Oriented Strand Board (OSB) Industry for hot-oil systems. As Alberta moves towards the goal of reducing of coal-fired power plants, expertise in OTSG systems will be vital for future growth.
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Design Audit & Authentication

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In Canada, typical engineering documents, such as P&ID drawings, vessel and piping fabrication drawings, vessel design calculations, pipe stress analysis reports, skid fabrication and lifting drawings, process line lists, PSV lists, and datasheets must all be stamped by a Professional Engineer in the specific province where construction is being undertaken. Regulatory bodies such as ABSA, BCSA, and TSASK also require engineering authentication of documents submitted in the pursuit of vessel, piping, or fitting registrations. These are an integral part of a supplier’s compliance obligation when shipping equipment to Canada.

Brighton has always had the confidence and expertise to support domestic and international engineering firms’ comprehensive authentication requirements for all provincial jurisdictions. In the oil and gas industry, a wide variety of equipment and materials must be analytically verified and have the ability to meet API, ASME, or CSA codes. These include process and rotating equipment, heat exchangers and flare stacks, pressure vessels, piping systems, tanks, and skidded packages.


  • Oil Sands Central Processing Facility Piping
  • Oil Sands Wellpad Piping & Pipeline Authentication
  • LNG Facility Piping & Structural Design Authentication
  • Pipeline Compressor Station Designs


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Piping Engineering & Stress Analysis

SAGD LNG Piping Plant

Brighton has been a leader in Piping Engineering and Stress Analysis since the company was created. From SAGD to LNG, our engineers have the skills and experience to handle a variety of piping engineering needs.

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When it comes to piping, we are experts in knowing what materials are best suited for any piping need. From carbon steel, to duplex stainless steel, to fibreglass material, we have worked with the most commonly used piping materials and can provide our clients with the best possible recommendations. We can also create or review custom piping specifications for unlisted materials to be registered with regulatory bodies.

Piping Design


  • High temperature steam supply pipes connecting OTSG’s to pipelines and wellheads to power the SAGD process
  • High pressure emulsion and gas pipes from wellpads back to Central Processing Facilities
  • Water treatment and brackish water disposal well piping (using Duplex Stainless Steels)
  • Low temperature LNG pipes from cold boxes to LNG pumps and vessels experiencing temperatures as low as -190 deg C
  • Large bore (60+ inch and larger) propane dehydrogenation processing piping
  • Dynamic simulation of compressor piping systems
  • Flow analysis and NPSHa calculations for ideal pump operation
  • Shock, Fluid Hammer, and Steam Hammer analysis
  • Equipment package knowledge: From API Pumps, vessels, tanks, compressors, PSVs, air coolers to ASME VIII pressure vessels, boiler tubes, and exchanges

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Specialty Piping & Supports

With hot piping temperatures capable of reaching well over 500C, and cryogenic piping temperatures below -200C, extreme care must be exercised when designing and supporting piping within a facility. Safety is the number one concern and Brighton’s engineers have the experience and expertise to design and optimize piping layouts in order to reduce overall pipe stresses in the system and their subsequent effect on connected nozzles and equipment.
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Our Engineers have extensive pipeline experience and understand the crucial factors that must be considered during the design stage – including distance to be travelled, environment to be travelled through, expected volumes to be delivered and types of commodities that will flow through the pipeline. Brighton’s experience includes generating pipeline specifications for listed and unlisted materials, all ensuring the safest code compliant pipeline.
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Structural Engineering & Design

Structural Engineering

Our structural engineers use the latest 3D structural software to design, analyze, and optimize steel structures to the latest applicable building codes. With our vast experience, any concept can be modeled into the structural software to check for deficiencies against national and international building codes. The software allows us to analyze each member of the structure and assess whether the member should be sized up, or can be optimized to reduce cost. Once the figures of each member meet the standards of the applicable building code, the structure is ready to be detailed using the latest CAD software for fabrication.

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Depending on the location of your structure, our engineers will design it to withstand the region’s specific wind, snow, seismic, and soil characteristics. With our skilled team of structural designers and draftsmen, we can take your structure from concept to design, optimization, and detailing.


  • Modular Steel Design & Engineering
  • Pipe Racks & Equipment Supports
  • Mining Conveyors
  • Antenna Tower Design
  • Engineering to Canadian National Building Code (NBC), Provincial Building Codes, and American ASCE 7
  • Simulation & Design Verification with industry-recognized software

Module Engineering

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Design of conveyors for material handling in the mining industry involves many facets including the type of material being transported, and the volume and distance travelled between loading and unloading points. At Brighton we have designed, procured and installed numerous conveyors for coal mines in Australia, diamond mines in South Africa and Canada’s Northwest Territories, and gold mines in Africa. Our experience in modularization and our vast supplier network can help deliver the most cost effective solutions for any mining project.
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Modular Specialty

The concept of D1BM (design one, build many) has many benefits most notably substantial material and labour cost savings and schedule improvements. Properly designed modules that can be readily manufactured indoors and then shipped to the jobsite vastly reduce on site labour costs as well as reduce exposure to the uncertainties of weather. Brighton has taken the modular approach for many designs including SAGD well pads, LNG Liquefaction Facilities, conceptual pilot plants and pump and compressor skid packages.
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Over the past 25+ years, Brighton has built a vast supplier network throughout Asia, Europe and North America. We have imported off-shore structural steel, equipment packages, exchanger bundles, and pressure vessels for numerous projects throughout North America. Contact us today and we will put our extensive network and procurement experience to work sourcing your project materials.
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Fabrication Drawings

Brighton’s team of engineers and technologists have a long history in design and fabrication. Supporting a wide range of industries, we have years of experience in producing high quality and concise drawings that contain all the necessary information required by the fabricators (BOM’s, cut lengths, part numbers, and specifications).   All clearly illustrated to depict the fabrication process thereby helping to eliminate mistakes and save you time and money.
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3D Design

At Brighton we have in-house designers with experience in numerous industries including Oil & Gas, Mining and Forestry. With the industry’s best software we can produce 3D Models, GA’s, and Isometrics specific to your budget and project needs. From individual modules to entire facilities, no project is too large or too small, contact us today to discuss your specific project requirements.
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