After the terminal’s production facilities had been shut down years earlier, HES International decided to recommission parts of the plant and the tank terminal. The reason for this was the sharp increase in demand for “clean” marine diesel due to the worldwide ban on heavy oil firing at sea. The job of our heat-tracing team in this project was to plan and document the new steam tracing system with integration into the old systems.
Reconstructing the steam heating system for parts of a plant that burnt down and closed down ten years ago seemed like a challenge made in heaven for the specialists at WWV. The contract was initially limited to the conversion planning, but was then extended to include the installation, inspection and overhaul of the infrastructure with the integration of a new plant. Securing the deadline for commissioning the entire plant went far beyond the classic range of services offered by a trace heating provider and required the use of a powerful pipeline construction company. Here the WWV team for plant and pipeline construction was immediately on hand with flexibility and competence.
The fact that the original trace heating system from 2003 had also been planned and installed by WWV helped with the integration into the old system. Thus, the customer and service provider benefited from the fact that the professional documentation of the heating system from that time was available without any gaps. As a result, 107 old stations were successfully checked and upgraded on site and some of them were newly manufactured. The complete heating system was checked and handed over on time. In June 2020 HES International was able to start up the plant with an annual capacity of 2.5 million tons of low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO).