Client

Sabic

Sector

Overview

Located on the Wilton International site in Teesside in close proximity to its sister manufacturing plant, Olefins 6, Europe’s second largest ethylene plant.

The Olefins 6 plant is fed raw material gases and liquids and ‘cracks’ apart their components at temperatures of around 1,000 degrees Centigrade before cooling them to below -180 Centigrade to produce ethylene, propylene and butadiene.

Without the operation of the cooling tower the Olefines 6 plant cannot function. The client had identified that part of the cooling tower structure was failing and without urgent structural repairs, sections of the cooling tower were in danger of collapsing.

The project works reflected the emergency repair works required to the cooling tower at Olefins 6, which were successfully carried out under 24 hour working shutdown conditions.

The client selected a number of contracting companies, one of which was Tolent, to form a project team that could undertake all the necessary disciplines involved in carrying out the emergency repairs.

Our works involved cutting and breaking out some of the internal columns and walkways within the cooling tower, but only after temporary structural support had been installed to the remaining structure and a detailed survey undertaken.

Following this, new reinforced concrete columns were cast in high strength, fast setting concrete. Then interconnecting walkways, which had been cast on site previously, were lifted and grouted into position.

The strict time constraints of the project proved challenging for the project team, but were completed both safely and efficiently. Tolent's work scope was completed ahead of schedule which allowed the client to bring the cooling tower back into operation earlier than anticipated.

 

The strict time constraints of the project proved challenging for the project team, but were completed both safely and efficiently. Tolent's work scope was completed ahead of schedule which allowed the client to bring the cooling tower back into operation earlier than anticipated.

Location

Teesside

Value

£400k

Completion

2014

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