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EDL Responsible for Revamp of PCK Refinery in Germany

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

PCK refinery at Schwedt, Germany, is one of the country's major refinery sites, supplying most of Berlin (including two airports) with fuels.
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PCK refinery at Schwedt, Germany, is one of the country's major refinery sites, supplying most of Berlin (including two airports) with fuels. (Picture: PCK)

Refinery operator PCK plans some major modifications at its refinery during the scheduled 2016 shutdown. For this purpose, the company entrusted EDL Anlagenbau with some technologically extensive revamp plans for one of Germany's major refinery sites.

Berlin/Germany – The modernisation includes the replacement of the vacuum column in the crude oil1 unit and the replacement of the regenerator in the FCC unit during the shutdown in 2016. The basic engineering for the new vacuum column (3200/8500/7000 mm in diameter, about 61 meters in overall length, and around 760 tons in weight) and an Early-Work program for the column engineering have already been completed. Now the detail engineering, including technical and commercial procurement services are being processed. As of June, the construction supervision of the crude oil1 unit begins.

Running in parallel to this will be the detail engineering and procurement services for the regenerator project for the FCC unit. The site opening is planned for September, with the transport route and the pre-assembly area for the assembly of the regenerator parts being first to prepared.

Engineering Package also Includes Minor Projects

To complete the package of work for the shutdown in 2016, EDL will take on other smaller projects in the respective plant areas. The work in the crude oil1 unit includes the replacement of a stripper column and in the FCC unit the LCO recovery project will be implemented. A long time frame is not available for all the planning, procurement and the pre-assembly with all structural measures including the assembly of large equipment on site. The planned shutdown periods of 21 and 23 days fall far from the usual time frames.

20 Years of Working Together

The PCK Refinery has been a regular customer of EDL since 1993. Since then, a number of smaller, but mainly larger projects have been implemented jointly, including very impressive ones such as the construction of the propylene splitter, which is the tallest building in the region, rising 84 m.

This long and trusting partnership has been continued for many years. EDL, as the revamp specialist, has modernized several plants in the Schwedt refinery. And with every project the

relationship has been strengthened and confidence has increased in the performance of the EDL. The refinery staff and the location are well known by EDL as well as the work processes, especially during shutdowns. In 2014 the HAZOP measures to increase plant safety were performed at the desulfurization plant DK2. The measures of the column replacement scheduled to be conducted during the 13 days shutdown went so smoothly that the system could be handed over to PCK one day earlier.

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