Turnaround in Kuwait

Bilfinger has completed another turnaround for its long-standing client Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) in Kuwait, thereby increasing the output of a 40-year old waste heat boiler for steam production from 105 tons per hour to 160 tons per hour. The waste heat from an auxiliary boiler and a neighbouring independently-fired superheater was used to pre-heat the feed water.

In less than six months, Bilfinger designed and delivered components to increase output and installed them within the 28 day shutdown period. "Coordination of the extensive work was a real challenge. At peak times, up to 140 colleagues were on the job."

"As a result of the positive spirit and the interaction among the six Bilfinger companies that were involved, we were able to successfully conclude the project in the brief time frame", says Mohsen Moussaoui, Key Account Manager for the Piping Systems division and Managing Director of the Babcock Borsig Steinmüller Kuwait Branch, which is responsible for the overall project with a volume of €6 million.

The client benefited in a number of ways. The amount of fuel needed for steam generation was reduced by 10-13%. The environmental impact was also reduced because it was possible to cut CO2 emissions and waste heat.

Bilfinger has been involved in all turnarounds for the company, which has been a client since 1971. With a production capacity of 3,00 tons/day, PIC is among the largest fertilizer producers in the Middle East.