Another Inspection Trip to Taiwan

Another Inspection Trip to Taiwan

Following on from the good work carried out by Wayne Wilson in August, we were invited back by Nippon Ketjen to carry out inspection and technical consultation services on the CPC Ta-Lin Refinery, No.3 Hydrotreater Plant Catalyst change in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Nippon Ketjen
Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

The Reactor system is one of three plants that have their Catalyst changed every 12 to 18 months. The No.3 was the largest unit; consisting of five Reactors with a total Catalyst load of 1,100t or approximately 1,600m3.

The relationship with Nippon Ketjen is very strong and can only get stronger as we do more of these types of projects together. Toshiyuki Ado, the project leader, made sure everything ran smoothly; particularly during the loading where the Petroval Dense Loading system was used with exceptional results.

The agent company for Nippon Ketjen was Tai Fung Trading Co. Ltd who provided an exceptional service in looking after all our needs; including some wonderful restaurants and ensuring we always had a healthy diet available.

The main contractor for the project was Lea Woei/Goal Link Industrial Services who carried out the work on a turnkey, blinds to blinds basis; very similar to the way we operate in Australia. They did an excellent job of the project and there were zero injuries. CR has a long history of over 10 years working with Lea Woei, and in particular Jack Wang the company president.

As English is not a common language in Taiwan, communications only added to the excitement of the adventure with stick figure sketches, charades, and body language used to get points of view across, sometimes with humorous results.

With CPC being a Government run facility, their systems and practices were interesting to get your head around and they were keen to learn as much as they could about the finer arts of how a reactor should or should not be assembled. Good lessons were learnt on both sides.

In all a very successful adventure and we look forward to being invited back during the next round of Catalyst changes starting early 2012.

The full article can be found in the Catalyst magazine, issue 14.

[December 2011]