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| Author / Editor: AK Tyagi, CMD, Nuberg Group / Ahlam Rais

The 120 TPD chlor-alkali plant in Abu Dhabi was commissioned in 2015. Nuberg EPC delivered the project as a single point solution company.
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The 120 TPD chlor-alkali plant in Abu Dhabi was commissioned in 2015. Nuberg EPC delivered the project as a single point solution company. (Source: Nuberg Group)

Nuberg EPC is a global EPC company with two decades of experience in delivering single point responsibility solutions and services for industrial plants. A case study showcasing the firm’s successful projects have been elaborated in the article.

What does success look like in the EPC turnkey project management world? How about the execution of over 60 Greenfield industrial plants in more than 30 countries around the globe? That’s just the statistics of the Nuberg EPC success story. Nuberg EPC is a global EPC company with two decades of experience in delivering single point responsibility solutions and services for industrial plants. The company also specialises in diverse processes right from concept to project execution and beyond.

Working with Al Ghaith Industries, Abu Dhabi, UAE

It was a proud moment for the firm when Abu Dhabi-based company, Al Ghaith Industries wanted to collaborate with them to set up a 60 TPD Greenfield chlor alkali plant. Al Ghaith Industries is a major player in the Middle East market and comprises a diverse portfolio of interests including oil and gas, construction and marine technology.

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In the Gulf, clients look for excellence as a standard and that is where Nuberg EPC came in. The company was already working on projects in the region and its impressive track record of developing more than 15 chlor alkali plants globally made it the ideal choice for Al Ghaith Industries. The EPCcompany was expected to deliver caustic soda flakes (98 %), caustic soda lye (50 %), hydrochloric acid (32 %), liquid chlorine and sodium hypochlorite (15 %). The storage and transportation of liquid chlorine as part of the production cycle is a hazardous and potentially delicate subject. As Nuberg EPC offers solutions for chlorine derivatives, it set up a calcium chloride plant to mitigate the potential risks involved.

Next, Al Ghaith Industries decided to award another contract to Nuberg EPC. This involved the construction of a 125 TPD calcium chloride plant which would be constructed parallel to the chlor alkali plant to ensure chlorine usage. Impressed by the absolute work quality and timely delivery, Nuberg EPC was once again chosen to expand the 60 TPD chlor alkali plant to 120 TPD.

Three projects in one

The project was segmented into three distinct phases and each of them were planned, implemented and tested as per the client’s requirement. The first phase comprised construction of the 60 TPD chlor alkali plant which was successfully commissioned in 2015. The project was completed in only 18 months, sparing an entire month before contractual time! The second phase involved the 125 TPD calcium chloride plant. This was a notoriously difficult plant to deliver with many health and safety considerations among the usual project complications. However, the plant was delivered in just 16 months.

Phase three was to expand the 60 TPD chlor alkali plant to 120 TPD. This was commissioned in early 2018. With delivery in only 10 months, this was a record turnaround. With three phases delivered in quick succession, Nuberg EPC demonstrated that they can plan long term projects which enable clients to get on with their business of generating profits.

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