In a recent project the MSAR® Manufacturing Unit (MMU) and associated equipment and infrastructure were integrated in to the client’s refinery on a “fast-track” timetable, resulting in less than a year between starting the FEED and initial production. There was some overlap between the project phases but in essence:
STAGE ONE – PROJECT SCOPING
The agreement to proceed was signed at the end of Q3 2015 at which time the Feasibility Study was completed and the basis for the project was frozen.
STAGE TWO – PILOT TESTING
Samples of refinery residues were analysed and emulsified in an extensive laboratory and pilot plant development programme, covering feasibility and cost optimisation based on the end use application and associated specifications.
STAGE THREE – FRONT END ENGINEERING DESIGN
The FEED and Detailed Engineering were completed by a team comprising of Quadrise, the client and an EPC Contractor in Q1 2016.
STAGE FOUR – ENGINEERING, PROCUREMENT & CONSTRUCTION
The ISBL civils started in Q1 2016.
Only a small area is required for the unit and the ISBL plot for this installation was less than 15m x 50m, and this included space for additive storage, laboratory facilities, an on-site office and other ancillary equipment.
Modular design enables accelerated integration of equipment and the MMU was delivered in a 40’ module, which can then be quickly and easily integrated into the refinery.
The MMU was delivered to site in April 2016 and the mechanical installation was completed at the end of Q2 2016.
STAGE FIVE - OPERATE
The project then moved straight in to the commissioning phase. The MMU and associated infrastructure was commissioned and operational in 4 weeks.
Quadrise continues to providing extensive Operational Support & Quality Control the entire MSAR Supply Chain from feed to end use.
A Quality Control Plan was developed in conjunction with the Client and End User and is supported by Quadrise personnel and facilities, including an on-site Quadrise Laboratory.
In summary, from signing the agreements and starting the FEED to having the unit commissioned and producing MSAR® fuel took less than 10 months. Quadrise personnel can assist in all stages of the project and will continue to support the client on a day-to-day basis through operational support and continued process and technology innovation and optimisation.