Essar Projects (EPIL) completed the erection of its first-ever fuel oil tank outside India for the Jurong Aromatics Complex project in Singapore on May 12, 2012. The 31.06 m diameter x 16.45 m height tank is the first of the 30 internal floating roof (IFR) tanks that are part of the storage facilities of the Jurong plant complex.
The entire project, being executed by EPIL’s Pipelines & Terminals SBU, involves setting up of Outside Battery Limits (OSBL) facilities for the grassroots integrated aromatics complex, including storage facilities, jetties, and interconnecting pipeline between jetty, plant and rock cavern, and other ancillary facilities on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis over a duration of 32 months and a contract value of USD320 million. The storage facilities comprise 30 IFR tanks and 9 spherical tanks.
Focus on safety
At the start of the project, Amit Gupta – CEO (Pipelines & Terminals) said: “No matter what job you pick, safety is one of the primary expectations that we seek while we are at work. Workplace safety is the utmost responsibility of the management.”
Taking their cue, right from the outset, the project’s leaders focused on making the Jurong site a safe place to work.
- Singapore has one of the highest rates of lightning activity in the world and the site at Jurong Island, is susceptible to high density of lightning strikes. To ensure that workers could work safely on site, lightning detection and alarm systems have been installed with hooters and warning lights. Any approaching lightning within an area of 10-25km is indicated by a warning beacon. The hooter starts once the lightning is within a 10km radius and is an indication to stop work immediately and move to the lightning shelters.
- Lightning shelters have been erected onsite, all equipped with lightning arrestors which ensures the grounding of the lightning strikes.
- Periodic day-long safety workshops for the entire workforce are carried out to dramatize safety procedures. A training scaffold has been erected onsite to train workers, and all lifting supervisors are certified by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower. Strict adherence to the Workplace Safety and Health (Scaffolds) regulations is ensured.
- The deployment ratio of HSE personnel to worker onsite is 1:50 and that of supervisor to worker is 1:20.
The project is expected to reach its peak construction period around January 2013.