Applus+ performs NDT services for the new construction of a chemical plant in Germany

28/07/2020

    Applus+ in Germany has delivered non-destructive testing (NDT) during the construction of a new chemical plant in the north German harbour city of Brunsbüttel, which is intended to increase its global market share of MDI products (MDI: Methylene Diphenyl Isocyanate).

    During the assembly phase of the project, Applus+ provided NDT services, such as standard RT, using Selenium isotopes, Dye Penetrant Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing and Ultrasonic Testing. For the verification of the used pipe material and used welding additives, Applus+ carried our an X-ray Fluorescence Test.

    In view of the tight schedule of this project, Applus+ used a qualified system that allows radiographic techniques to be used with a minimum of radiographic exposure, using a shield material which is impermeable to gamma rays. Radiographic Testing (RT) was performed during day and night shifts, in parallel with the work of the piping companies.

    The ambitious project schedule required constant NDT progress. The preparation phase suffered major delays in engineering, planning and materials supply, making it crucial that NDT was delivered on time. Thanks to the use of new equipment, Applus+ has proven itself a highly reliable project partner, fulfilling all safety, quality and timeline requirements. Its flexibility was also evident in the volume of call-out staff. 

    At the beginning of the project, Applus+ needed a number of 4 RT crews in constant operation to cover the scope of work during day and night shifts. As the project progressed, the demand for more manpower available on short notice increased, and Applus+ managed to additionally dispatch/gather 17 NDT operators, with in-house personnel, sub-contractors and 3rd party workers among them.