Sandvik has signed a contract for upgrading the existing sulfur solidification system at STATOIL’s facility in Mongstad, Norway, to a new Sandvik pastillation system with downstream storage.
The existing plant was supplied by Sandvik over 20 years ago and consists of sulfur solidification in flake form, conveying systems, silos, and truck-loading system in addition to the complete plant control and instrumentation system.
Designed to fully comply with all the latest environmental regulations required under Norwegian legislation, the new system will be manufactured and installed to a tight time schedule that will see completion by October 2008, as part of a much larger project. The main contractor on the project is Aker Kvaerner. Sandvik is responsible for planning, supply, modification, and installation of the new plant which will incorporate all the latest technology to fully satisfy the operational and environmental engineering conditions.
Once completed, the plant will solidify the sulfur into pastilles which will be transported by a new conveying and filling system to eight 250 cubic meter storage silos, doubling the original on-site storage facility and then on to a new truck-loading system. All new, state-of-the-art control and instrumentation systems will be installed as part of the contract in line with current oil and gas industry regulations and to fully meet the exacting requirements of STATOIL.
Installation of the new solidification plant will take place alongside the existing line and part of the challenging nature of the installation is to ensure that there is no interruption of the current process, other than short scheduled breaks. The aim is to achieve a trouble-free changeover from the old to the new process without any disruption during the agreed timeframe.
Once the new installation is complete transfer of the sulfur solidification and storage operation to the new line will be carried out by pushing a single button.
For more information visit www.smt.sandvik.com.