A major gulf chemical plant USA

Project facts

Description A major gulf chemical plant
Challenge Work simultaneously on two 250+ foot towers for CUI maintenance during a 28 day outage

In 2004, Brand (formerly Protherm) undertook a major CUI Project at a prominent Gulf Coast Chemical facility. Two 250+ foot towers were scheduled to be worked on simultaneously for CUI maintenance during a 28 day outage. Brand was responsible for stripping all of the existing insulation, blast cleaning all exposed surfaces, applying Thermal Spray Aluminum (TSA) to all surfaces and re-insulating the towers. The application of TSA required special scaffold design and the construction of kick-outs to facilitate the safe staging of the bulky TSA equipment at staggered heights on the tower structure.

Brand also provided full encapsulation of the towers to prevent the escape of fugitive blast residue which could affect other personnel working in the area and potentially damage adjacent equipment. The containment was also necessary because the work area required dehumidification to preserve the very demanding quality of surface preparation necessary for a successful TSA application. Brand completed this highly critical project on time, within budget, and with zero safety incidents. This was the first project of this kind at the owner’s site and our success established us as the contractor of choice on all future projects of this nature.


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