Welcome to the website for Cross Lane Engineering Ltd – a Process Engineering Consultancy based in Reading, Berkshire, UK.

We have over 25 years experience providing Process Engineering services, predominantly in the Oil and Gas Sector. If you would like to use our services then please get in touch – whether this is support for large international mega-projects, short-term assignments to resolve a specific need or advice on potential new ventures.

We will always do our best to advise and assist and aim to be as competitive as possible in this global marketplace.

Please feel free to browse our content including the blog.

If you have any questions you can email us at
office@crosslaneengineering.co.uk or fill in a contact form.

Who We Are

We are a small Engineering Consultancy based in Reading, Berkshire, UK, specialising in supporting Oil and Gas mega-projects for Middle Eastern Clients.

We have supported many projects in the Gulf and worked across a breadth of facilities in the region including brand new grass roots Refinery, GOSP and Gas Plant projects, debottlenecking and brownfield upgrades; major refinery revamps and feasibility studies.

For over a quarter of a century we have provided support to projects right across the globe, visiting sites where necessary. We are also more than happy to work from client offices wherever they might be located.

As well the Middle East, we have provided on-location technical services to LNG Projects in Japan, Gas treating facilities in Malaysia and Process & Engineering Management expertise to phosphoric acid production in the US and fertiliser/ animal feed production in Australia.

Our Chief Engineer is Paul J. Chapman B.Eng(Hons) CEng FIChemE – a Lead Process Engineer/ Process Manager/ Engineering Manager.

Paul has over 25 years experience gained with some of the biggest engineering contractors in the World such as KBR, Fluor, Jacobs and Amec Foster Wheeler.

With our network of contacts and fellow consultants, services provided by Cross Lane Engineering Ltd. have included Project Process Management, Engineering Management, Lead Engineer, specialist steady-state simulation services, Licensor technical review and coordination, attendance at Hazop, SIL and drawing reviews and input into engineering reviews such as Risk Based Inspection evaluations.

We have worked on World-scale Projects for many prestigious clients including; Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, SABIC, BP, Dow, Gasco, TCO, Ma’aden, Petronas and Shell.

What We Do

Cross Lane Engineering Ltd provide a full range of Process Engineering Consultancy, Process Management and Engineering Management services to the Oil, Gas, Refining, Mining and Nuclear Industries.

We can provide input throughout the life cycle of your project;

  • Feasibility studies,
  • Concept selection,
  • Pre-FEED scoping and cost estimates,
  • FEED package development,
  • Steady state simulation and production of Heat & Material balances,
  • Equipment specs and development of PFDs, P&IDs etc.
  • Selection, management and review of Licensors,
  • Production of ITB documentation,
  • Answering bidder queries and clarifications,
  • Bid review and evaluation,
  • Support to EPC contractors,
  • Execution of EPC phases
  • Attendance at Hazid/ Envid, Hazop, SIL and RBI review

We can also provide Process and Engineering Management services for you – supervising teams of engineers and ensuring delivery on time and within budget. 

Projects typically run for 6 to 18 months duration, but we are more than happy to consider short-term assignments – for example trouble shooting plant problems or attending reviews as a ‘Cold Eyes’ independent expert.

Project Experience

Examples of recent Projects that were supported by Cross Lane Engineering Ltd include;

Refinery Upgrade pre-FEED – Middle East

Principal Process Engineer services, managing the coordination of a Licensor producing a Process Design Package for 70KBD Ebullated Bed Hydrocracker, 45KBD VGO Hydrocracker and 65KBD Diesel Hydrotreater combined with a Saturated Gas Plant.

Responsibilities include development of the original Basis of Design followed by day to day coordination with Licensor to ensure project and schedule requirements are met as well as technical review of Licensor deliverables for quality and consistency.

Grassroots 3.2 BSCFD Gas Plant – Middle East

Principal Process Engineer services, managing a team coordinating the review of five licensed Basic Engineering Packages (amine treating, sulfur recovery, NGL recovery, Mercaptan removal and MEG regeneration/ reclamation) for a World-scale grass-roots 3.2BSCFD gas plant in the Middle East. Including chairing the Kick-off meetings, ensuring comments were returned to Licensors and that those comments were incorporated. Acting as liaison between Client team and Licensor teams.

Refinery Upgrade feasibility – Far East

Steady State simulation responsibility for simulation of existing 280KBD CDU and SatGas plant plus new 100KBD VDU as part of a major refinery upgrade study/ pre-FEED. Work included assessing and evaluating existing equipment, optimising new operating parameters to minimise changes while still meeting product specs. Design and preliminary sizing of new VDU column and associated pre-heat train with heat integration.

Onshore Gas Plant – Azerbaijan

Onshore facilities Lead Process Engineer services for the detailed design phase of a major gas project in Azerbaijan. Facilities comprised; slug catcher, gas dewpointing by turbo-expander, gas compression and pipeline export, condensate stabilisation and pipeline export, MEG regeneration and all associated utilities.

Responsible for ensuring issue of deliverables in line with schedule and to the required quality. Manpower planning, progress and liaising with Client counterparts. Day to day technical issue resolution, approval of deliverables and sign-off of Hazop action responses.

Phosphate Mining and Processing – Middle East

Initially we were contracted to provide Lead Process Engineering services for the FEED phase of a phosphate mining project including production of phosphoric and sulphuric acid, ammonia, plant fertilisers and animal feeds. Project involved mechanical handling of rock and other solid materials, transportation and handling of molten sulphur, integration of licensor designed equipment with open-art designed plant.

Our scope was expended mid-way through to provide Engineering Management for the work based in client’s Reading offices, managing a team of over 80 engineers across all disciplines to complete the FEED Engineering.

Upon completion of FEED, we were invited to assist with the EPC bidding process – presenting the project to potential EPC contractors, answering bidder queries, reviewing and assessing bid submissions.

Grassroots Refinery – Middle East

Provision of Lead Process Engineer services to a client for the FEED phase of a major world-scale grass roots refinery and marine terminal complex. Our responsibilities included ensuring technical content, quality, man-hour control, manpower planning, progress and schedule across all the non-licensed units of the refinery; comprising utilities, tank farm (>100 tanks), Sour Water Stripping, Amine Regeneration, Molten Sulphur storage and pelletising, Marine Terminal for raw material import and product export.

Work scope involved over 50 Process engineers operating in five execution centres, management of the teams and locations ensuring project delivery, daily contact with client and regular presentation of solutions to technical issues and studies.

More details of past projects are available on request.


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