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Acid Plant Database June 5, 2022

Owner Burlington Resources Limited


Location Barrow-in-Furness
Background -
Website -
Plant Rampside Gas Terminal
Original Plant Replacement Plant
Coordinates* 54° 6' 1" N, 3° 10' 56" W 54° 6' 1" N, 3° 10' 56" W
Type of Plant Metallurgical
Wet Sulphuric Acid Process
Wet Sulphuric Acid Process
Gas Source Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S)
Plant Capacity - -
Emissions - -
Status KVT plant to be demolished Operating
Year Built - -
Technology Kanzler Verfahrenstechnik GmbH (KVT) www.kanzler-vt.at Haldor Topsoe
Contractor - -
Remarks - -
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News April 30, 2012 - Over the coming months, specialist engineering consultancy RVA Group is supporting a major oil and gas operator with decommissioning preparations, risk assessments and procedures to ensure the safe dismantling and decommissioning of a sulphuric acid plant at their site in Barrow-in-Furness.  With a full-time presence at the site since January following the completion of feasibility and option studies for the plant last year, RVA's team of consultants will act in a project management and CDM co-ordinator role until the plant has been fully cleared.  The plant is part of a COMAH top-tier licensed operational site handling a large proportion of the UK's gas supply. Extensive preparation is required to ensure the integrity of the site's ongoing operations is protected whilst the decommissioning is carried out. RVA is supporting the procurement of dismantling contractor services and supervision of decommissioning to ensure the work is carried out with precision and teamwork.  The priority throughout is to ensure the highest levels of safety on the project. The plant being decommissioned comprises a reactor, concentration structure, furnace and precipitator, stack and pipe work. To avoid disruption, decommissioning will only begin when the new replacement plant has been fully installed and commissioned. This plant is currently being constructed reflecting the operator's desire to have the safest, most efficient and reliable processing plant available.  Commenting on this project, RVA managing director Richard Vann says: 'An increasing number of decommissioning projects are being discussed within this sector as oil and gas operators seek to develop the quality and efficiency of their installations and remove more outdated assets that may be approaching the end of their life. 'RVA's extensive heavy industrial experience gained from working on complex high-hazard sites means that we are well placed to ensure the safe, secure and best-value execution of even the most complicated of oil and gas decommissioning projects.'

September 30, 2010 - Construction jobs in Furness are to be boosted because part of a £60m gas terminal needs rebuilding.  It is thought at least 50 jobs will be on offer when work begins on demolishing the existing sulphuric acid plant at the Rivers gas terminal at Rampside and it is replaced with a new plant.   The existing plant is only seven years old.  Work is expected to begin early next year and take five months.  The Rivers gas terminal belongs to oil giant ConocoPhillips but is run on a day-to-day basis on contract by British firm Centrica.   It was built because the gas piped into it from the Rivers fields in the Irish Sea has got hydrogen sulphide in it and needs to have the sulphur extracted as sulphuric acid before the gas can be fed through the Centrica main terminals and into the national gas grid.  Hydrogen sulphide can be deadly if it escapes and staff at the plant all have breathing masks strapped to them in case of an emergency, however unlikely.
Rivers opened in 2003 and had problems with the acid plant from the start.  The RSK Group plc of Cheshire is acting as an agent for ConocoPhillips and is making planning applications to Barrow Borough Council.  In a “scoping document” sent to the council, RSK says: “Since beginning commissioning in late 2003, the site has suffered from technical operational issues associated with the composition of the receiving gas and this has affected the operability of the sulphuric acid plant; resulting in quality issues, process upsets and shut downs affecting both the Rivers Terminal and the operations of the North Morecambe (Centrica) terminal.  “Following a detailed design review, ConocoPhillips are now seeking to replace the existing sulphuric with a replacement that will result in less flaring, less interruptions, and provide operational improvements to the running of both the Rivers Terminal and the operations of the North Morecambe Terminal.”
A work camp will be built next to the site for managers and contractors.  The main contractor will have an office for 25 people and there will be a car park for at least 60 vehicles.  Borough council planning  officer Jason Hipkiss, who had a meeting with the applicants, said: “I pushed the council’s view that we would like to see local contractors and local firms used and they said it was their policy to employ as many local people as possible.”  Stuart Klosinski, industrial development manager for Furness Enterprise, said: “We are working with ConocoPhillips and Centrica to identify with them what capabilities there are in the area. We are waiting for them to come back to us and outline what skills and capabilities they will need.”   The agency would then work with them to ensure local firms and skills are involved in the work when it begins next year.

MTPD - Metric Tonne per Day           STPD - Short Ton per Day
MTPA - Metric Tonne per Annum      STPA - Short Ton per Annum
SA - Single Absorption
DA - Double Absorption

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