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

A project without challenges isn’t a project

There were a number of challenges that needed to be understood and overcome in order to make the project a success. Taking into account that the site would be manned by multiple shifts and was operational only for 16 hours a day was another headache that the Nuberg EPC planning team needed to take into account.

High-level planning, the clearest scope of work, quantum of work, background of delivering similar plants, liaising with the client and knowing what was needed in terms of equipment, employees and dedicated work hours ensured project quality and on-time delivery. The in-house engineering team were able to lean on their knowledge of location, terrain, ambient temperature and local atmospheric pressure while designing and engineering the project.

Without using the latest technology, Nuberg EPC may not have been able to deliver three high-quality projects on time. The company’s experience in technology know-how helped to speed up the process. To fasten the pace of the project, the firm used advanced technologies such as modular construction/ skid mounted technology for the ion exchange tower, DM plant and other utilities. This saved the construction time on site considerably.

Shipping and logistical challenges

Nuberg EPC needed the right equipment, in the right place and at the right time. Getting it manufactured onsite or sourced locally was expensive and would make the project way over budget. To address this challenge, the company leant on its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Gujarat, India. Here, it designed and engineered containerised equipment sizing which sped up the site erection process massively. This equipment was sensitive and essential to the project. This meant that some were refrigerated, some were fitted with ventilation, for equipment having rubber and plastic elements, all were highly protective.

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Scheduling a simultaneous, parallel and coordinated plant construction was another agenda that was handled by the management team. The first step in the process was making use of manpower to execute the project. However, the firm soon realised that the workers were not up to the mark and to solve the issue about 50-60 engineers and other supporting professionals were called to the site from the company’s Indian office.

The production materials were a mix of bespoke deliveries from the firm’s in-house fabrication facility in India and some other materials that were procured from local merchants. This kept costs low and allowed Nuberg EPC to deliver this project within budget.

Giving the client the best in all ways

Nuberg made sure that the plant was ready for handover by carrying out Performance Test Runs (PTRs) which includes elements such as plant operation in guaranteed capacity per hour and guaranteed utility consumption per hour like power, water etc. As per the contract, all performance parameters in terms of production, capacity, quality of product, plant performance and utility consumption were met as per the commitment.

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