Shell Pernis Refinery The Netherlands
|Description||Shell Pernis Refinery|
|Challenge||Maintenance on the largest refinery in Europe and one of the largest in the world|
The Shell Pernis refinery is the largest in Europe and one of the largest in the world. More than sixty different plants with different refining capabilities process products through pipelines that would run about four times round the world. The industrial complex covers a surface the equivalent of 800 football fields, making maintenance a massive and ongoing operation.
Our on site team averages 500 operatives, a figure that rises to about 750 at peak times. Planning-based maintenance includes regular inspections and upgrades of thermal and acoustic insulation, fireproofing and heat control for the miles of pipeline. Between 30 and 50 powered access machines are in use at any one time, plus 20 telescopic forklifts and 15 special aviation tow trucks for transporting materials around this vast industrial complex. We have supplied 18,000 tonnes of scaffolding on site, 97% of which is constructed using CUPLOK®. This makes a more effective replacement to most of the traditional tube and fitting, being faster to both erect and dismantle.