This project for leading speciality chemicals company, Johnson Matthey, involved increasing production capacity at its Clitheroe, Lancashire site in the UK. The site specialises in the production of Nickel based catalyst pellets.
Under an EPC contract, the team (formerly PM Projen) was responsible for the specification, selection and installation of a new paddle dryer to increase the plant drying capacity threefold.
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Other works included building an extension to house the new filtrate vessels and vacuum pumps, a new effluent filtration plant, site run chilled water system, modification to the existing nickel dissolving, white slurry preparation, precipitation equipment and modification to the existing services.
Working in close collaboration with various subcontractors, the team ensured that the key contractors were involved early in the project in order to transition smoothly between design and construction and the maintenance of overall project continuity.
It was necessary to integrate the new system into existing infrastructure with minimal plant downtime. Early project completion was achieved, allowing production to start just 10 months after the project began.