Petroplus refines its technology with retrofit from Schneider Electric
Author : J GALE
08 March 2011
Europe’s independent refiner and wholesaler of petroleum products has commissioned global energy management specialist Schneider Electric to upgrade the low voltage equipment at Coryton Refinery in Essex, England.
Coryton Refinery needed to replace a number of devices that had become obsolete due to changing demands and natural deterioration through age. Schneider Electric’s retrofit division specified nine 3200A 3 pole Masterpact NW circuit breakers to supersede the nine obsolete 3200A 3 pole DA LV circuit breakers. High shock and vibration resistance systems have been added to the Masterpact NW circuit breakers to meet the severe requirements of optimum continuity of service in naval applications, which also makes them highly suitable for the arduous conditions associated with oil refineries.
Michael Cox, electrical distribution engineer at Petroplus, explained his reason for choosing Schneider Electric for the project. “I liked the fact that Schneider Electric could offer a ready made, ‘off-the-shelf’ solution to replace our outdated circuit breakers. We are a busy plant and need to keep downtime to a minimum, so using devices that could be easily retrofitted provided the ideal solution.”
Graham Lockless, Schneider Electric account manager, added: “We have worked with Petroplus for a number of years now on a variety of projects, so it was pleasing to see our relationship continue during this retrofit. The plant has benefited from the upgrade as new and improved technology has been installed, providing peace of mind that Petroplus are utilising the latest in circuit breaker technology.
“In addition to the high quality products, as Schneider Electric held the original construction drawings for the installation, the replacement works were quick and straightforward. This minimised downtime, which was the original brief from the customer.”
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