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Nippon Shokubai

New construction of a production plant for superabsorbents in Antwerp

Period: September 2016 to March 2018

New construction of a plant for superabsorbents and acrylic acid

In Antwerp, WWV joined forces to implement the new SAP system for the Japanese group Nippon Shokubai. In collaboration with Jacobs Belgium as EPCm contractor, WWV carried out the pipeline construction, equipment assembly, steam and electrical tracing, and electrical and instrumentation installation. The focus was on quality, budget and deadline, with a demanding installation volume and the self-evident goal of accident-free and safe execution.

By bundling our specialist areas of pipeline construction, electrical & instrumentation and trace heating, the project processes were successfully optimised and interfaces for our customer were considerably reduced. In addition, our subcontractors ensured further minimisation of the coordination effort for scaffolding, crane work, insulation, painting and lightning protection. In addition to the erection engineering, the detail engineering for the steam and electric heating as well as the complete erection sequence planning was provided by us.

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Occupational safety was always the main focus, especially with such a high density of personnel. The fact that we have achieved our permanent corporate goal of “no accidents” here as well rewards us for all the efforts that were necessary to master this mammoth project. Despite the enormous time pressure, the quality of our engineering and execution enabled the plant complex to be commissioned quickly and without disruptions on the planned date. We were able to prove this with a minimum of quality deviations (NCR) and punch points.

After a construction period of only 18 months, Yujiro Goto, President of Nippon Shokubai, was able to ceremonially commission the plant. On the basis of total investments of 350 million euros, our client was able to further consolidate its leading market position in the superabsorbents segment. A project success of this magnitude strengthens the self-confidence of all employees involved and thus the entire company.

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