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Oil refinery upgraded with lifting and transportation of storage facility

October 17/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Lindsey Oil Refinery is one of the biggest producers of crude oil in the UK, producing around 10 million tons per year. In 2018 the facility celebrated its 50th year of production and has continued to look to the future. Over the last two decades, the refinery has been improving its capability to produce ultra-low-sulfur fuels so that it can become a cleaner and more efficient operation, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Installation was planned as part of wider maintenance and upgrades during a plant turnaround. Such turnarounds require large investment and are planned in detail, so it was vital that the project was kept on track.

ALE was tasked with lifting and transporting the new sulfur storage facility, which consisted of a concrete pit, weighing 304t, and its lid, weighing 90t. The new pit had been cast into the ground so had to be lifted with a large degree of precision. At 17m long and 4.1m wide, the pits size would also make it challenging to transport.

To lift the sulfur pit, ALE mobilized its Lift N Lock gantry lifting system. The systems jacking points can all operate in unison to maintain optimum control and safety.

The Lift N Lock system was rigged with a bespoke rigging arrangement to lift the sulfur pit, then ALE maneuvered specialist 3 file SPT axles beneath it. The pit was transported almost two miles to its final location along public and site roads.

The lifting and lowering process was then repeated for the pits lid. Its different dimensions meant ALE had to design a second bespoke rigging arrangement. Due to its smaller size, ALE was able to transport the lid on a much shorter and more direct route.

With the concrete sulfur pit ready for installation, the refinerys schedule was kept on track, ensuring it could continue to supply the market throughout the turnaround. The new pit will enable Lindsey Oil Refinery to store more extracted sulfur at the refinery before it is removed to be used in a variety of industrial applications.

We remind that, as MRC informed before, Exxon Mobil Corp is planning to spend more than 500 million pounds (USD650 million) to upgrade the UKs largest oil refinery, Fawley, on Englands south coast. The project at the 270,000 barrel per day refinery - representing a fifth of British refining capacity - still needs a final investment decision which is not expected before the second quarter of next year.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polyprolypele (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,436,390 tonnes in the first eight months of 2019, up by 9% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. At the same time, the PP consumption in the Russian market was 909,260 tonnes in January-August 2019, up by 10% year on year. Shipments of PP block copolymer and homopolymer PP increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Exxon Mobil, UK, Russia.
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