17/01/2014 - Industry insights
Refining NZ is currently part way through a $365m growth project (Te Mahi Hou) which, simply put, means they’re building a new petrol making unit.
You can imagine how important safety is at the refinery and therefore having construction going on in the middle of an existing, operational plant is very tricky. To help manage the risks, the refinery closed down for two weeks for maintenance (called a planned shutdown) while certain construction activities were completed. One of these activities was building the foundation for the petrol making unit to be located on.
The job started at 4am on a Saturday and was completed by 9pm the same day. It was the single largest continuous concrete pour in New Zealand as far as we know. The amount of concrete poured was 2,746 m3 – that’s the equivalent of about 90fuel delivery trucks.
Sixty trucks were allocated to the job coming from Northland and Auckland. In total they made 550 round trips! At the peak of the job, five concrete pumps were working simultaneously and around fifteen trucks were on site all the time.
The preparations and planning for this project started more than a month ago. Two weeks before the big pour, around 180 people were made HSSE compliant by being informed of the HSSE aspects of the refinery operation. The Emergency Services were present at all times and no one was harmed during this massive operation.
This was the first big step towards the plant eventually being commissioned in December 2015. We’ll keep you updated as other big milestones are achieved.
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