A project’s biggest challenge is often finding the right team who can achieve project goals without injuries or productivity losses.
In this case, not only did we need to find hundreds of craftsmen to reactivate a pair of coking units, we were also under an unusually tight budget. Thanks to the strength of our labor pool and trust in our project management team, we succeeded on time and on budget – delivering a leak-free startup and zero injuries or accidents on site.
The coking units at two refining facilities had been sitting idle for years when the clients decided to reactivate them. The high-priority project would increase production capacity by more than 25%, and our teams knew that the clients had a lot riding on these units.
They asked Optimal to repair and restart the furnaces, heaters, and other equipment in both units.
The broad scope of the project involved pipefitters, welders, boilermakers, and other team members working on multiple coking units to open up towers, repair vessels, operate drones, and perform specialty welding work.
We tapped into a group of well over a thousand known, experienced craftsmen to pull together a team of several hundred skilled workers. Thanks to the trust between Optimal and these workers, we were able to negotiate rates to fit the client’s budget while maintaining our own high-quality standards.
Optimal employs one of the best quality programs in the marketplace - we emphasize quality assurance and stress-testing on the frontend to ensure we avoid weld issues or other problems on the backend as the project progresses.
Thanks to the talent of our team and strength of our pre-existing labor pool, the project was a success for Optimal and our clients.
This was our first project for this client, and we’ve continue to build our relationship with them through completing more successful projects ever since.