Motherwell Bridge fuels new relationship with Essar with storage tank contract at Stanlow

May 2013

Global engineering contractor Motherwell Bridge is to design, procure and install the replacement floor and double deck floating roof for a storage tank at Essar Oil (UK)’s Stanlow refinery. 

The refinery to the south of the Mersey estuary was formerly owned by the global oil giant Royal Dutch Shell before it was sold to India-focused energy company Essar Energy in July 2011.

As part of an ongoing investment programme by Essar, Motherwell Bridge will be handling the replacement of the floor and the double deck floating roof on one of the facility’s 100,000 m3  storage tanks.

The first phase of the nine month project will see Motherwell Bridge jacking up the tank from the ground to remove the existing annular plates. New floor and annular plates will be installed before the tank is lowered and non-destructive testing is carried out.

On the roof element of the project, Motherwell Bridge will erect false works before bottom decks, bulkheads and outer rims are positioned and welded. A compression bar, radial bulkheads and rafters will be fitted before the top deck works commence with the installation of the new roof supports and fittings.

New fire fighting equipment will be added along with new valves, drainage and a rolling ladder. Once completed, the tank will be hydro-tested before it is handed over to the client.

Motherwell Bridge chief executive Russell Ward said: “It is tremendously gratifying to secure a contract from a new client, especially one from a company of Essar’s stature.

“This serves as a strong endorsement of our capabilities, particularly with regards to floating roof projects such as this.

“We have extensive experience in the design and construction of floating roof systems for storage tanks and our proven track-record has played a key role in helping us secure this commission.

“This contract reinforces the strong demand for our expertise we’ve experienced in recent months and comes in the wake of a very strong 2012.

“It is heartening to win contracts in our domestic market while actively working to identify and develop opportunities in the booming energy markets in the Middle East and West Africa.”

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