Oleon, a European leader in oleochemistry, has built a new production unit for dimers (molecules derived from sunflower oil). This unit produces raw materials for greener cosmetics and vehicle paint. Sweco first took care of the update of the existing layout plan and then started the detail engineering for civil, steel, piping and stress.
Period: July 2016 - March 2018 (start-up)
Phases: Detail, construction supervision and assistance from engineering
Disciplines: Architectural & Civil, Equipment/Stress, Industrial Surveying, Piping, Process, Project Administration, Project Management
Project objective and scope
Dimers are water-repellent, flexible and resistant to UV rays, making them ideal for coatings such as vehicle paint. The new plant also facilitated a major production improvement for isostearic acid. The engineering project itself consisted of two parts:
Since the basic layout had not been fully determined, Sweco first worked out an update. We also delivered a very detailed and accurate piping design, because there was limited space available. We drew 380 pipes and 26 devices for the main building, which has five floors and a size of 40x20 metres.
The large pipe diameters at high temperature (hot oil system) were a key point of attention. The complex design was crucially important here. We designed these pipes with the utmost care in terms of stress technology. Sweco also proactively anticipated the time-critical planning by working with assumptions made in the design phase from a variety of equipment. In this way the timing was met and we could later seamlessly implement the final information from this equipment into the design.