Significant Milestone Achieved for Ethane Project

17 November 2015

Last month, the final concrete pile was installed for the new Ethane import line running between the East Jetties and Ineos’s new Ethane Tank at Grangemouth.

In total the project has successfully installed over 75,000 metres (more than 8 times the height of Mount Everest!) of piling around live services, access roads and railway lines. The work culminated in the installation of 6 piles by a specialist long reach piling rig brought in from Sweden which required a road closure to install the piles between live
lines.

Excavation of any type on the Grangemouth Complex is a challenge, so with the need to pre dig to a depth of 1.2 metres for 1,400 piles over a route in excess of 4.5km long the task was considerable from the start.

As civil engineering contractor, Luddon are delighted to have managed this process successfully with no major safety occurrences over a 10 month period. It required a co-ordinated approach to guide this difficult element of the works to such a successful conclusion, with members from the asset, project, contractor and specialist sub-contractor coming together to achieve the common goal.