Our order for BASF was for a new plant to replace an obsolete MCAA plant and to expand capacity at the BASF Ludwigshafen integrated site. In addition to the equipment assembly and pipe construction, WWV’s scope of work included scaffolding and corrosion protection services.
The MCE plant is a completely enclosed building. The 30-metre high concrete tower is only openly accessible from above. This had a considerable impact on our work: All equipment elements and pipe components had to be brought in from above by crane. In the course of the project, the necessary intermediate platforms were then pulled in step by step from the bottom to the top and the respective assembly work was carried out in parallel. Our fitters therefore had to work in a very confined space for construction reasons. In addition, there was only one access road to the construction site, which was otherwise surrounded by plants in operation. Man and machine were therefore required to perform along the various dimensions of this project, not only with respect to simple construction works.
Over the entire period, the MCE plant construction project for BASF was characterised by an exceptionally open and cooperative exchange with the client and the associated trades to coordinate the project. This enabled us to complete the project safely and on schedule without any interruption to construction, despite the corona crisis and the resulting additional difficulties in working conditions, and to replace the old plant with a modern MCE plant of the highest technical standard in line with the budget.