CASE: GASCO, Saudi Arabia
Scope of supply
When Saudi Arabian gas filling company GASCO decided to renovate the filling lines of their seven sites, they set out with one idea of what they needed but ended up with something quite different when Kosan Crisplant (today known as MAKEEN Energy) entered the scene with a bold suggestion. KC's proposal included several FLEXSPEED lines and would make GASCO's filling plant in Riyadh the largest in the world with a total filling capacity of more than 14,000 cylinders per hour.
And as it turned out that GASCO was about to initiate another future-oriented project, namely replacing the old screw valves on their cylinders with modern center valves, Kosan Crisplant suggested they consider the high-speed filling system FLEXSPEED for the Riyadh plant - a solution that would give GASCO an additional capacity of more than 3,000 cylinders/hour within the framework of the tender.
The world's largest filling plant
Being a visionary and technology-oriented company, GASCO recognised the advantages of this solution and chose Kosan Crisplant as the supplier for the main part of the renovation program. The contract, which was signed in February of 2010, awarded Kosan Crisplant four of the seven sites to be renovated, among those the key filling plant in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, a fast-growing urban area home to more than 5 million people.
Once completed, the plant in Riyadh that originally had six traditional filing lines boasted three brand new FLEXSPEED lines, each with a capacity of 3,600 cylinders/hour, plus one upgraded traditional filling line and one new filling line, each with a capacity of 1,800 cylinders/hour. All in all, it achieved a record-breaking capacity of at least 14,000 cylinders per hour, making it the largest filling plant in the world.
Civil works included
But the project was not only grand in terms of production output. Being a true EPC project, the installation works included much more than just the installation of new filling equipment. Everything from dismantling the old filling lines and installing the new ones to new piping for LPG and firewater, new concrete floors, and much more was handled by Kosan Crisplant.
Henning Krogh Pedersen says: "We - or the local companies we have contracted for this purpose - basically removed everything from the filling hall: machinery, piping, concrete floors. Everything. Only the roof is left. And then we start all over". This way, GASCO got a brand new filling plant without having to deal with more than one contractor.
A big project becomes bigger
The GASCO project was carried out in five stages in order to keep up the production while the renovation took place, with the first stage completed in 2011. During the course of the first years of the project, it grew from big to even bigger, as KC's consultancy approach led to more suggestions on how to further optimise the filling plants.
As a result, twelve of the fifteen filling lines that were to be renovated would instead be replaced by brand new ones, and once the final stage of the project, which included three other filling plants in Saudi Arabia, was completed in 2018, GASCO had exactly the kind of future-proof plants for which they were aiming.