When clients are anticipating a new pilot facility, new plant, or major process changes or expansion, the clients typically have more questions than answers. Is the anticipated process technically feasible? Which configuration will be best for the process? How much will it cost us? Should it be a continuous or batch process? EBL can assist by providing knowledge and experienced engineers that can identify, and thoroughly narrow down, the likely technical options for a given process goal line. Once we identify a feasible technical option, an economic assessment is done. Upon the economics, system reliability, technical merits, preliminary information are gathered as to how the future design for the process should progress. At this stage, we can perform a conceptual process designs that involves mass and energy balances, process flow diagrams, a list of major equipment, and a rough order of magnitude cost estimate. We can also assist at this point in identifying possible risks associated with the design (insufficient lab and pilot data, weak areas in the design basis etc.) so that measures can be developed to take care of these issues prior to or during the next phase of the project.