Construction work has begun on the final part of BOC’s £60 million investment programme at its Scunthorpe works in North Lincolnshire, bringing new work for local firms.
Following the successful commissioning of the new 1,600 tonnes of oxygen per day (tpd) Air Separation Unit in September, another large ASU on the site has now been temporarily closed for complete refurbishment.
When work on the 1,700 tpd unit is complete, BOC, a member of The Linde Group, will have the capacity to produce nearly 4,000 tonnes of oxygen per day at the site, primarily to feed the blast furnaces at Tata Steel. The oxygen is delivered through a new, dedicated 5km pipeline.
The refurbishment project will be handled by local contractors. “We are part of this community and are keen to use local skills wherever possible,” explained BOC Project Manager Ian Fleming. “The new 1600 unit was a turnkey project built for us by another company within the group, but the 1700 refurbishment is being handled through our site office here and we are sourcing our skills and labour requirements through local companies.”
The refurbishment programme is due to last about three months.