Lycopodium undertook a design brief that covered a detailed engineering assessment and strategy for the upgrade of the whole acid handling facility, encompassing a number of tank farm areas.
Over past years, Thales had undertaken various upgrade projects at the acid storage and handling facilities to update and rectify safety, maintenance and compliance issues. Working with Thales to achieve this goal, Lycopodium has completed three different projects for the upgrade and installation of new acid storage and blending facilities, as well as acid loading/unloading tanker bays on the site.
As part of an acid area tank farm upgrade, Lycopodium completed detailed design for a new Weak Nitric Acid (WNA) and mixed acid storage tank farm. To deliver this new facility, Thales issued a Construction EPC tender which Lycopodium won.
Lycopodium was responsible for all aspects of the construction and management of the upgrade to the facility as a brownfield construction site in an operating facility.
Works include demolition of the existing facility, environmental protection measures, preparation of grounds for civil works, construction and installation of mechanical platforms, structures, tanks and piping, modification of existing titanium tanks, installation of electrical and control systems and facility pre and wet commissioning.
The material of construction for the mechanical and electrical plant consisted mainly of titanium/stainless steel tanks and piping, stainless steel lined piping and special consideration was given to protective coating systems on both the civil and building structural works.
The project was completed on time and on budget and has now been commissioned and is fully operational.