Turnaround and Maintenance Successful Turnarounds Underline Importance of Industrial Servcice Providers
Successful turnaround projects underline the importance of the maintenance sector for Bilfinger. The industrial service provider has become a specialist for the difficult task, with contracts worth a double digit million Euros in the books for winter 2014.
Mannheim/Germany – This year, Total Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland successfully completed the turnaround and inspection (T&I) 2014 project at its Leuna refinery in which Bilfinger specialists played a decisive role. Minor activities remain to be executed by the end of the year, with the scaffolding to be dismantled and the experience gained from the project to be distilled and evaluated for the next compulsory periodic T&I.
The services provided by Bilfinger were valued at over € 10 million. Further T&I projects with an aggregate value of some € 35 million are planned for the autumn and the beginning of next year in Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States for energy and chemicals companies as well as in the paper and consumer goods industry. Customers include Borealis, BP, Essar, ExxonMobil, Huntsman, Ineos, Neste Oil and Syngenta.
Three Years Preparation for Leuna Refinery Turnaround
The T&I at the Leuna facility is a perfect example of what is required of a project of this magnitude today. The roughly six-week execution phase is preceded by preparations lasting over three years. With a processing capacity of twelve million tons of crude oil per year, Leuna is one of the four largest refineries in Germany and the country’s largest producer of methanol.
During the 2014 T&I, Bilfinger specialists acted as unit contractor with responsibility for mechanical services for the POX/methanol plant. The services entailed preparation and follow-up activities during the planning phase, plant shut-down and start-up support, operational assistance in the execution phase and management activities.
One Service Provider for all Tasks
Bilfinger conducted all activities - including subcontractor coordination - independently and autonomously. Further services entailed primary and secondary activities for the storage tanks and loading areas, materials management, mechanical engineering for the POX/methanol plant and the inspection of the regulating and hand-operated valves as well as the instrumentation and control systems.