Ethane Import Tank

KEY INFORMATION

Location: Middlesborough

Client: Balfour Beatty

Value: £4.5 million

Duration: 52 weeks

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This 77,000 cubic meter full containment Ethane tank is an upgrade to the existing Sabic's Wilton plant, which is a key facility for the UK chemical industry.

Ethane, a by-product of Fracking, is imported from the USA to Port Clarence. This product is initially pumped and retained in the 65m diameter concrete tank. When completed, the facility will be a major factor to prepare the way for the UK to become self-sufficient in generating its own reliable supply of raw materials for the sector. The existing 223-acre Olefins 6 plant was built in 1979. It makes the essential chemical building blocks for everyday items from toothbrushes to TV and car parts, but sales have been hit by cheaper foreign manufacturers.

Cidon have been appointed by Balfour Beatty to construct the 77,000 cubic meter full containment Ethane tank for Balfour Beatty, and comprises of a 67.5 meter diameter with 1 metre thick base. It has a 34 metre High Circular tapered post-tensioned walls topped with a 3 metre deep ring beam section, and a 500 mm thick domed concrete roof constructed over an air risen support structure.

UNIQUE FEATURES

  • The tank is the largest of its kind in Europe
  • 77,000 cubic meter full containment Ethane tank
  • 34 metre High Circular tapered post-tensioned walls
  • 500mm thick domed concrete roof constructed over an air risen support structure
  • 52m concrete pump required for walls