Modular installation for ExxonMobil

Cofely Fabricom achieved yet another technological record with the modular construction of a desulfurization installation for the ExxonMobil oil refinery in the Antwerp port area. No less than 28 modules weighing a total of 5000 tonnes were built to the highest standards, in safe, time-efficient conditions.

At the nearby Cofely Fabricom Module Construction Yard in Hoboken Cofely Fabricom dedicated 230 000 man hours over a year to the modular construction, which included piping and mechanical, and electrical and instrumentation works.

The clear benefits of modular off-site building Building the installation at our 118 000 m2 yard offered ExxonMobil a number of major advantages: a purpose designed and comfortable working space, for one. As a result, works could continue during frosty conditions in winter time. This setup also allowed ExxonMobil to simultaneously start building the foundations on site, thus saving a significant amount of time.

Thanks to Cofely Fabricom’s extensive experience in this type of modular project spanning over 25 years, the construction, transport and mechanical hook-up of the 28 modules were carried out without a glitch. To illustrate the scale of the works: the last built module, a High-Pressure HydroTreater (HPHT), measured 20 by 20 by 40 meters and weight around 700 tonnes.

The ExxonMobil site in Antwerp is one of the most modern refineries in the world. The facility, which will allow ExxonMobil to produce ‘cleaner’ diesel, was commissioned at the end of2011.

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