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Milford Haven refinery to be dismantled and rebuilt outside UK

22 September 2016

Swiss-based engineering group ABB announced on September 22 that it had been awarded a contract to support the dismantling of the former Murco Petroleum 108,000 barrel-per-day capacity refinery in Milford Haven, South Wales. The project started in July 2016 and is planned to be completed in the next two years.

The Milford Haven refinery when operational
The Milford Haven refinery when operational

ABB Consulting has been appointed as the project Construction Design and Management (CDM) Principal Designers.  The team will work closely with Waste Recycling & Decommissioning Ltd (WRD), the dismantling contractor, to identify and manage the hazards during the execution of the project.

The Milford Haven Refinery ceased production in November 2014.  Approximately 60% of the process units will be dismantled and rebuilt at an existing facility located outside the UK.

Steve Andrew, Demolition and Remediation Manager at ABB Consulting said:

“The refinery has been shut down for some time now, and although it has been decommissioned, there always remains a risk of a residual level of contamination. Thorough checks will need to be carried out to ensure the works can be completed safely.

“Due to the site’s scale and complexity, ABB will need to work closely with the client and WRD to ensure this project is completed successfully. This will involve detailed planning and preparation to develop safe systems of work, to ensure the project is successfully completed within the agreed schedule whilst achieving world class SHE performance.”

Singapore-based Puma Energy acquired the Milford Haven refinery site in March 2015, along with other UK assets of Murco, including three inland terminals at Westerleigh, Theale and Bedworth, as well as Murco’s wholesale and distribution business in the UK.

The Milford Haven site is being transformed into an oil products storage facility.

At the time of the takeover last year, Puma said it would make Milford Haven "a key site securing the supply of energy to the UK and wider region during a period of change in European energy infrastructure."

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