Shell Moerdijk Flare Inspection, Netherlands

Case Study

Shell Moerdijk Flare Inspection, Netherlands

Oil and gas supermajor, Shell, called upon Cyberhawk to conduct a live flare inspection at Moerdijk, one of the Netherland’s largest chemical plants. The site extends over 250 Ha and produces 4.5 million tonnes of product per year.  The work scope involved the close visual inspection of an 80m high flare stack, while live and operational.

Shell Moerdijk required a rapid deployment to its facility to aid troubleshooting and defect analysis of the flare. The purpose of this inspection was to provide detailed information to the on-site technical team regarding the operation of the pilot burners and the flame front generator. The detailed inspection report compared the current condition to past inspections, to understand if there had been any deterioration and to assist with effective maintenance.

An experienced team of two from Cyberhawk, including a flare inspection engineer and oil and gas qualified inspection pilot, was mobilised to undertake the work and took just two days to conduct the full inspection of the flare tip and supporting derrick structure.  Alternative methods such as rope access or scaffolding would have taken weeks to complete, required a shutdown of the facility and would have presented significant dangers to personnel, such as working at height. Multiple inspections were completed to provide further information on changes due to gas composition.

The project reinforced Cyberhawk’s leading position within the industry and in Europe.

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