A 407 tonne reactor vessel took a 5 km road journey from Coek Engineering to its new home at BP’s petrochemical at Geel, Belgium. Police helped the load and transporter cross a major highway on its trip from Coek Engineering. A bridge had to be specially reinforced to cope with the extreme weight.
One of the plant’s reactors is being upgraded and enlarged to make it more efficient – a bigger reactor means less of the expensive catalyst is needed and also less acetic acid, so manufacturing costs can be improved.
The Geel site in Belgium is located close to Antwerp and manufactures Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA), which is the key raw material in the production of plastic bottles and polyester material. This facility also makes Paraxylene, which is the main feedstock for PTA. An expansion of the plant was commissioned in 2009 and has improved overall operating costs and increased total capacity to about 2 million tonnes per year.
Click here to watch the reactor's fascinating journey from Coek Engineering to its new home at the petrochemical plant.
BP's businesses are organized to deliver energy products and services to people around the world. BP's Upstream segment is responsible for activities in oil and natural gas exploration, field development and production, and its downstream segment is the product and service-led arm of BP, focusing on fuels, lubricants and petrochemicals.