Proven partners undertake a new challenge together
When LBNiW successfully delivered NDT services for the previous large-scale project in Uruguay in 2007, it initiated a good working relationship with Butting GmbH & Co KG. So, it was logical for Butting to contract LBNiW for the next grand project in South America. LBNiW had proven its ability in large-scale projects and has the resources to assemble the right team to manage the inspection workflow.
Montes del Plata project was the second major order for non-destructive testing services LBNiW received from pulp and paper industry. In the period of 2012 – 2014, LBNiW played a key role in the weld integrity testing during the pulp mill construction.
3 months before our first team arrived in Uruguay LBNiW commenced x-ray radiography on prefabricated pipeline elements that were assembled in Germany and were subsequently shipped to Punta Pereira. LBNiW assigned one team of RT inspectors with equipment to perform daily inspections of weld production in Butting’s prefabrication shop.
Mechanical erection – Punta Pereira Uruguay
The first team arrived at Punta Pereira in June 2012 and was mainly responsible for preparing the stage for the others.
To begin with, all employee certificates and testing procedures were submitted to ANDRITZ’s quality assurance department for the review and approval. International group ANDRITZ was a technology supplier to MdP pulp mill.
In the meantime, our team was engaged with the ‘housekeeping’. Providing services overseas is a logistically challenging task that our team handled efficiently. It involved dealing with foreign authorities in order to obtain necessary government permits, satellite office set-up, managing international shipments, organizing work permits, visas, car rentals, employee housing and etc. Experience gained during Fray Bentos project was invaluable especially with reference to obtaining the permit for utilizing ionizing radiation in Uruguay. We already knew the process and the permit had to be renewed only. Our radiation protection officer could apply for the permit renewal long before our specialists appeared on the site.
Once the remaining teams arrived the inspection work could start with a full force. Our project team consisted of 10 specialists with a broad mix of inspector qualifications so they could handle the wide range of inspection duties required by this project.
Similarly, like during the previous project in Uruguay our scope of work has substantially increased after arrival on the site. In November of 2012 Austrian KRESTA Anlagenbau GesmbH Nfg & Co KG asked LBNiW to take over their inspection program from the local NDT contractor that was falling behind with the inspection duties causing delays.
We had to manage a very heavy workload in order to clear the backlog and keep up with the very challenging inspection schedule. We worked 6 days a week, 10 hours a day throughout 2013.