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Case study: Custom twin bunkering stations for KPOC Malaysia

Thursday, 13 March 2014 04:40

ReCoila's ability to capably manage time-sensitive, intense large-scale international projects has been a key element of our successful expansion into the growing Asian energy market, in this case to Malaysian powerhouse KPOC.

ReCoila’s ability to refine engineering and build to complex specifications landed the company a contract to design and manufacture a twin bunkering station for the KBB Northern Hub project. The bunkering station enables safe, effective management of hoses for diesel refuelling and potable water distribution on offshore platforms in Sabah.

One side of the twin reeling station provides potable drinking water while the other transfers diesel for refuelling generators, cranes, handling equipment and many other items of equipment that run on fuel.

For ReCoila Managing Director Mr Michael Pawson, this successful partnership with a local Malaysian company opens a doorway to more work in the region, which traditionally hasn’t used a great deal of Australian manufacturing.

“KPOC is a huge company which went to various parts of the world to source this solution, but one of the key reasons we won the work is our proven track record in designing and manufacturing customised solutions that require a high degree of accuracy and heavy duty tolerance, said Mr Pawson.

“These are being used on offshore platforms, so it was critical to produce equipment that will not fail under sometimes extreme weather pressures.

“It yet again proves that we are now generating more awareness in export markets and we are looking to expand on our association with our Malaysian partners in this part of the world.”

The requirement for ReCoila’s custom reels came about largely through the need to update processes and equipment. The platforms feature twin function points which act as refuelling stations for diesel operated equipment, as well as distribution points of potable water for drinking should drinking water run short in supply.

Because these platforms have been in use for a considerable length of time, part of ReCoila’s challenged was to retrofit within the platform’s existing design footprint for a seamless integration when on site. Considering each of the twin reels is over two and a half metres in diameter, the challenge for precise measurement, design and construction was critical.

“With this project we were able to showcase a full complement of our engineering skills and experience with things like extreme load testing, pressure and breakaway tests, ability to work to deadlines and of course preparation of the extensive QA documentation that goes hand in hand with a project of this size."


Additional Info

  • Industry: Oil and Gas
  • Location: Malaysia
  • Challenges: Corrosion, Extreme Loads, Internationally Managed Project, Retrofitting into existing situation
  • Solution: 2 x Custom designed twin bunkering stations