Project schedule was extremely challenging to meet Vopak's customers' requirement to have the cooling system operational before the summer period. The installation was completed on time, within eight months from start of the detailed engineering. The project was executed in a live plant with minimum interruption to ongoing terminal operations.
Part of the project was to select the best available cold insulation technique for the gas spheres. A complicating factor was that the cold insulation needed to be installed during wintertime. A field test, held under extreme winter conditions, was organized to test the adherence of the glued insulation elements under winter conditions. In order to create the optimum conditions for gluing of the foamglas cold insulation elements on the sphere surface it was decided to construct a fully closed and heated enclosure around the sphere.