Rotork works 24 hours-a-day to assist repair of fire damage at refinery


Rotork works 24 hours-a-day to assist repair of fire damage at refinery

The Singapore office and workshops of flow control specialist Rotork are working 24 hours-a-day to assist Shell in its recovery efforts after a fire at its Pulau Bukom manufacturing site.

The fire, which broke out in a pump house on 28th September, took almost two days to put out at Shell’s largest refinery in the world, which has a refining capacity of 500,000 barrels a day.

Urgent work is now in progress to repair the damage with the minimum of delay. Rotork’s specialist Site Services department at Singapore is making an important contribution to this effort by initially helping Shell to actuate new valves for the most urgent repairs. For maximum expediency, Rotork electric actuators installed in unaffected areas of the site are being removed and shipped to the Rotork Singapore workshop for fitting to new critical plant replacement valves. Rotork engineers are also assisting with the on-site installation and commissioning of these actuated valves.

At the same time, new Rotork IQPro intelligent electric actuators have been ordered for new valves to be installed in the site as a part of the longer term repair programme. Many of these actuators will also be fitted to the valves at Rotork’s Singapore workshop and delivered as complete factory tested motorised packages to site, where Rotork engineers will provide installation and commissioning services.

The photograph shows work in progress at the Rotork Singapore workshop, with actuated valves awaiting despatch to the Pulau Bukom site.