From Canada with love.... Massive refinery part received by Total

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 17 Jan 2019

Total Lindsey Oil Refinery has taken delivery of a huge piece of equipment as part of ongoing investment on the Humber Bank.

The 250 tonne regenerator head, a critical part of one of the most important conversion processes, is 21m long, with a diameter of 8m, and will be installed as part of a £41 million turnaround and inspection programme this summer.

It arrived on site this week having been transported from the Canadian fabricator Valtech’s base in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, south west of Montreal, where work began on it a year ago.

SIZE AND SCALE: Work is completed in Canada. 

Shipped to Immingham, the final stage of the journey was completed overnight to avoid traffic issues, such is the scale. 

General manager Jean-Marc Durand said: “This has been a great team effort to ensure the regenerator head is ready and delivered on time for our turnaround and inspection. I would like to thank everyone involved for their commitment to this project.”

SHIP TO SHORE: The regenerator head arrives at Port of Immingham.

The regenerator head is part of the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process, which converts the high-boiling, high-molecular weight hydrocarbon fractions of petroleum crude oils into more valuable gasoline and other products. The feedstock to FCC is vacuum gas oil. In the FCC process, the feedstock is heated to a high temperature and moderate pressure, and brought into contact with a hot, powdered catalyst. The catalyst breaks the long-chain molecules of the high-boiling hydrocarbon liquids into much shorter molecules.

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This process enables the refinery to then make lighter products such as propylene, butylene and gasoline.

Engineering design, procurement and construction was headed up by Manchester-based Emtrol-Buell Technologies UK, with Valtech selected for the fabrication.

LEAVING PORT: The regenerator head is on the road and heading out of Immingham.

The cyclones and combustor rise are in stainless steel with the vessel head in carbon steel. A team of engineers from North Killingholme have worked alongside contractors at each stage, with

Ledwood Mechanical Ltd of Pembroke returning as main mechanical contractor for on-site installation.

Sarens, as a subcontractor for Ledwood, handled transportation and lifting.

WELCOME 'HOME': The precious cargo arrives at Total Lindsey Oil Refinery. 



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