New, safe & efficient storage vehicle loading for Stolthaven
Stolthaven Moerdijk called on Agidens Energies to increase the pumping capacity of its Tank Pits 1 (TP1) and 2 (TP2) in line with government safety regulations and to improve the quality and efficiency of its operational workflows. Agidens once again presented itself as a reliable one-stop-shop with its expertise in Process & Mechanical, E&I, Automation, Safety, and Networks.
Ruud de Leede, Global E&IA Manager of Stolt-Nielsen: “We wanted to improve the safety and efficiency of our operational processes by increasing pumping capacity and further automation. One of the requirements was to create the best possible ergonomic working environment in a limited space. We also needed to give field-based operators more information via the HMIs installed in the field, which were fitted with QR readers linked to the existing order-based loading system to improve waiting times for operations such as vehicle loading.”
- Basic & Detailed Engineering
- Process, E&I, Automation, and Safety Engineering
- Construction & follow-up
- Network analysis, virtualization, design & implementation
- Testing & Commissioning
- Maintenance & Support
ORDER-BASED LOADING WITH QR CODES
Agidens put a strong focus on order-based loading to improve the operational workflow. This closed the digital circle from sales order to work order and physical loading at the loading bay to loading data registration and invoice creation. All without manual data entry during loading. This also means an end to the various paper flows.
Paolo Toffano, Project Manager of Agidens Energies: “We started this project by validating the vehicle loading in 3D modeling, then calculating the mechanical piping and flows. We took care of the E&I Engineering and safety compliance before starting the automation project. We then connected the alarms directly to the SCADA system in a later phase. This ensures that any alarms and events are filtered and only sent to the right people by email, SMS, or the App.”
PHASED IMPLEMENTATION, FIRM DEADLINES, AND, ABOVE ALL, SAFETY
The solution had to be implemented in several phases, with the first-phase commissioning in April 2020 and completion of commissioning in October 2020.
- Proper communication and scheduling with Stolthaven Moerdijk were essential in this process. Although we implemented the entire software package in the first phase, it was partially hidden and inactive because the mechanical work had yet to be done.
Firm deadlines and strict site safety rules demanded clear communication.
- Proper communication between the various internal disciplines and Stolthaven Moerdijk.
Implementation of messaging via SMS, e-mail, and the App.
- The current network had to be optimized to allow this. Together with Stolthaven Moerdijk’s IT Department, we created a new network structure based on jointly drawn-up requirements and then implemented it successfully.
“When reconstructing the two TP1 loading bays, we had to take into account that one bay had to remain operational at all times. By working as a single project team right from the start, with other contractors and Stolt Operation in addition to Agidens and Stolt Engineering, we managed to complete an excellent project within the stipulated timeframe despite COVID-19 constraints. Thanks to our multidisciplinary approach, 3D modeling, review procedures, operational know-how, and a structured software FAT, we completed the reconstruction with no major delays or safety incidents.”
- Alarm forwarding via SMS, email, and App
- Comprehensive design of process and automation to optimize operations
- ATEX-proof HD touchscreen in loading bays
- Field-based QR scanners for operator support