Bilfinger awarded maintenance contract at Fife Ethylene Plant30 September 2019

(L-R) Martin Beale (regional ops director, Bilfinger UK), Alex Curry (COO, Bilfinger UK), Jacob McAlister (plant manager, ExxonMobil), Jeroen Koutstaal (maintenance manager, ExxonMobil) and Ian King (site manager Bilfinger UK)

Engineering and maintenance provider Bilfinger UK has secured a seven-year contract with ExxonMobil Chemical Limited to provide preventative maintenance at its Fife Ethylene Plant (FEP).

The multi-million-pound agreement will see Bilfinger UK become the embedded provider of maintenance services at the Mossmorran facility and the Braefoot Bay tanker terminal on the Forth.

It is estimated that the contract – part of ExxonMobil’s £20m annual maintenance spend at the facility – will see the engineering provider deploy up to 100,000 man-hours annually on inspection programmes, as well as mechanical, process and infrastructure maintenance.

Bilfinger UK, which has a base in Grangemouth, has taken over from the incumbent provider with approximately 55 personnel transferring under TUPE arrangements.

Phill Maurer, MD at Bilfinger UK, says: “This seven-year agreement is testament to the strong relationship we’ve formed with ExxonMobil and is a significant addition to our portfolio of support partnerships at major facilities across the UK.

“Our experience and breadth of expertise means we’re ideally placed to deliver a well-managed maintenance strategy focused on achieving the best possible outcome for ExxonMobil. We look forward to welcoming our new Fife colleagues to Bilfinger.”

Jacob McAlister, plant manager of the Fife Ethylene Plant, adds: “Preventative maintenance is key to the safe and reliable operations at FEP. ExxonMobil’s Fife Ethylene Plant operates under the most demanding of engineering standards and it is vital that we chose a contractor with the knowledge, expertise and innovative solutions to ensure these are met the first time, every time.

“Many contract personnel have worked with us for a long time and have extensive knowledge of the plant. We are delighted they will transfer over to the new supplier and continue their relationship within FEP.”

The FEP contract extends the existing relationship between ExxonMobil and Bilfinger, which also provides specialist services to the ExxonMobil facility in Fawley, Hampshire. FEP began operations in 1984 and produces over 800,000 tonnes of ethylene annually.

Adam Offord

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