Bilfinger UK secures £5 million INEOS Nitriles contract to deliver HMD plant turnaround


Bilfinger UK has secured a £5 million contract with INEOS Nitriles to a deliver a plant turnaround project at the firm’s Seal Sands production site in Teesside.

Under the agreement, Bilfinger will plan and manage the HMD Plant inspection and maintenance work, which will include mechanical, electrical and instrumentation engineering, in addition to providing scaffolding, insulation and painting services.

The business will deliver the planning and preparation work starting later this year, with the plant turnaround due to take place next year. Bilfinger will employ a team of up to 300 people at the site for the execution phase of the contract.

A turnaround is a planned, major event when the entire plant is taken offline for maintenance, cleaning, inspection and repair services.

The Teesside contract is the latest UK project which INEOS, one of the world’s largest petrochemical manufacturers, has appointed Bilfinger to deliver. Earlier this year, Bilfinger UK was awarded two contracts worth a total of £24 million, to deliver maintenance services for the Grangemouth crude oil refinery and the Forties pipeline, both of which are located in Scotland.

INEOS Nitriles acquired the Seal Sands site in 2008. It represents a key manufacturing plant in Northern Europe, and is home to the HMD Plant which produces Hexamethylenediamine used in industrial nylon, and is operated by INEOS on behalf of BASF SE.

Phill Maurer, Managing Director for Bilfinger UK, said: “Given the scale and complexity of the Seal Sands site, a well-managed turnaround function is critical to keep the facility running safely and efficiently and to optimise production.

“This contract is a key addition to our significant portfolio of support partnerships at major petrochemical facilities, demonstrating that our strategy of forming close and ongoing working relationships with customers to deliver a wide range of services throughout the asset life cycle is the right one.

“Our business has a proven track record in providing excellent support on facilities of this type and scale, and we have built an effective partnership with INEOS which we look forward to continuing.”

Bilfinger UK provides its partners with unified, multidisciplinary support across the asset life cycle to drive new efficiencies and reduce costs, with services including design and build, automated control and electrical systems, installation, commissioning, and operations and maintenance. The company is one of the UK’s leading providers of integrated engineering and technical services to the process industry and the energy sector and employs more than 2,500 people. It is part of German engineering and service group, Bilfinger SE.