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Biofuels Projects

4th January

Boulting have recently completed the electrical system specification and design for three Biofuels plants on three major Fuel Distribution terminals.

Biofuels are added to conventional fuels (Petrol and Diesel) in order to reduce vehicle emissions and reduce the burden on fossil fuels as part of European legislation. The Biofuels are mixed (or blended) with conventional fuels at the Distribution Terminals.

The demand for Biofuels has increased dramatically over the last couple of years and the client recognised the need for swift investment in order to secure a major share of the market. The demand for Biofuels is such that Boulting Design team, led by Ian Mockford, were URGENTLY tasked with commencing the design of the Biofuels mixing plants electrical systems.

Work on the design and specifications started in March 2011 and the client set a completion date of late September 2011, which even they acknowledged was optimistic. This was a fast-track design and build project by any estimation but that did not phase Ian.

Scope of work included:

  • New Motor Control Centres (specified and built by Boulting's Power and Control team)
  • Complete cabling and containment (designed and installed to serve the drives and instrumentation)
  • Installation
  • Assistance with commissioning

Installation was carried out by Boulting's Electrical and Instrumentation team and on completion, the Design team were asked to assist in the commissioning of the process, in conjunction with the Client's engineers. Ian took responsibility for this task and spent long hours on site in order to get the project up and running on time.

Boulting's Process Control team (based at Stafford) provided software support at selected terminals.

The final blending systems were commissioned with only days to spare and due to the high demand for the fuel, the blended product was being loaded into tankers as the commissioning was finalised.

This project demonstrates Boulting's core capabilities and ability to work as a team to deliver a fully integrated Design and Build solution - even when under pressure and time constraints.

Boulting received great praise from the Client's Project Manager for completing the work on time and within budget. The successful execution of the project has enabled the Client to increase its market share in the Biofuels industry and it is expected the project will have more than paid for itself in the coming months.


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