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The ROCKWOOL Group is among the suppliers for two construction projects at a huge StatoilHydro industrial plant in western Norway. These technical installations demonstrate the Group’s excellence in fire protection solutions.

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ROCKWOOL insulation helps power station save energy
Driven by the companies ROCKWOOL Scandinavia and ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation (RTI), the Group is supplying about 85 containers of stone wool products to the vast Mongstad complex, which is owned by the Norwegian energy company StatoilHydro. The first ROCKWOOL products were delivered in the beginning of August and the remainder will be delivered in phases until autumn 2009.

"The order for the Mongstad complex includes 70 containers of pipe section insulation; to give an idea of the magnitude of this volume, it is enough to protect approximately 20 000 metres of pipe sections. These products will contribute to an energy effi ciency saving of about 70% for the plant," explains the RTI OPCO Manager, Wolfgang van Loo.

The ROCKWOOL business unit RTI is a leading supplier of stone wool solutions for the process industry, and for buildings and ships. The oil and energy industry is an important part of the market, and the Mongstad complex is one of several industrial plants which RTI is currently supplying.

Norway's largest refinery The Mongstad complex is located north of Bergen on the west coast of Norway. Since its opening in the mid-1970s, the complex has been continually upgraded. Today the complex comprises a refi nery, a fractionation plant and a crude oil terminal. With an annual capacity of 10 million tonnes of crude oil, the refi nery is the largest in Norway. It plays a huge role in the Norwegian export of crude oil to North America, Europe and Asia.

"Over many years we have been supplying insulation products for the maintenance of the complex as well as for new projects. In this case, we've not only been contracted to supply products for the maintenance of the refinery but also for a new combined heat and power station, which is planned to be opened in 2010," explains Key Account Manager in ROCKWOOL Scandinavia, Trond A. Løken.

The heat and power station is owned and operated by Dong Energy, one of Europe's leading energy companies based in Denmark.


High temperatures and extreme conditions
Back in RTI, Wolfgang van Loo explains that insulating technical installations safely is a complicated process: "At industrial plants, such as the Mongstad complex, RTI's insulation products are used to protect installations and processing pipes operating at high temperatures.

The pipes and installations of industrial plants often carry heated materials. These materials need to be kept at a certain temperature for an optimal production process. To achieve this, the materials are heated in different phases of the production process."

"When the pipes and installations are not properly insulated, heat loss occurs. This results in more energy being used to achieve optimal temperatures. Superior insulation, which ROCKWOOL products offer, not only prevents personal injury and damage caused by fire; it also substantially contributes to the prevention of heat loss. This increases process effi ciency and can save enormous amounts of energy, thus limiting CO2 emissions," Wolfgang van Loo concludes.

 

 

This reference is from ROCKWOOL Newsletter, October 2008