Directors and other colleagues from BOC UK joined customers and key project partners at a ceremony at BOC’s Immingham site today, 29th October, to mark the official opening of the company’s new acetylene plant.
BOC, a member of The Linde Group and the biggest industrial gases company in the UK, has made a significant investment in the state-of-the-art plant, which includes investment from Linde as well as a grant of £1.5m from the Regional Growth Fund.
The plant is ground-breaking in terms of safety, design engineering and process control and incorporates state-of-the-art technologies. These include a fully linked communication system that allows the production software, stock control and cylinder tracking to communicate with each other in real time, enhancing production safety.
Sue Graham Johnston, Managing Director BOC, said: “I am delighted to announce the official opening of BOC’s new state-of-the-art acetylene plant in Immingham. Our investment in acetylene production gives the UK & Ireland increased supply security with the capability to meet changing market demands and further underpins BOC’s position as the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of acetylene and other industrial compressed gases”.
“BOC chose North East Lincolnshire for the new plant because, with its skilled labour pool, good port access and long history in the chemicals sector, this area was ideal. And of course we already had a world-class existing business here – our Special Gases Facility right next door. The quality of the products we make here and the expertise of our management was recognised by our parent Linde when they designated it their Global Centre of Excellence for natural gas, petrochemical and liquid hydrocarbon mixtures.”
The investment in the Immingham site further strengthens the company’s presence in North East Lincolnshire and reflects the company’s commitment to protect its local environment.
The plant is located on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and BOC engaged with Natural England from the planning stages of the project to ensure wildlife was protected during the construction and operating phases of the project.
The plans for the acetylene plant included a new bridge and this was designed specially to accommodate the route of local water voles by a nearby stream.
After the formal opening ceremony, guests were given a tour of the plant and then watched demonstrations of applications of the gas.
Among these was a demonstration of the use of LINDOFLAMM®, pioneering acetylene burner technology that delivers tailored solutions which optimise productivity and efficiencies as well as lower processing costs for a wide range of flame processes.
The new acetylene facility in Immingham has recently gained the internationally recognised UKAS ISO 17020 accreditation.
Sue Graham Johnston, Managing Director BOC, talks to The Manufacturer
Watch BOC's Managing Director, Sue Graham Johnston, talk to The Manufacturer magazine about BOC's new acetylene plant.