SPIE’s flawless observance of on-site safety regulations earns trophy from ArcelorMittal
Saint Denis, 24 May 2016 – SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest has announced the completion of the refurbishment work on the ArcelorMittal blast furnace No 2 at Dunkirk.
The initial brief of the contract, which started in 2013, was to refurbish all automated systems in blast furnace No 2 and to offset these systems to the control room of blast furnace No 4. Following a year and a half of research carried out by the teams at SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, work began on the site in August 2015 and was completed in December 2015. The task of replacing the 22 automated systems in blast furnace No 2 represented a key element of the project and involved an initial phase of extensive platform testing, which was conducted at the SPIE site in Dunkirk in collaboration with ArcelorMittal’s “new operational works” teams assigned to the project. SPIE staff was able to replace the old automated systems with the new ones only after the blast furnace had been fully shut down.
In addition to this first works project, at the start of 2014 ArcelorMittal also requested a complete overhaul of the electrical installations for coal injection and of the new gas cleaning cyclone in blast furnace No 2. These extra works, carried out between March and December 2015, are proof of the trust that ArcelorMittal has in the teams of SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest.
Blast furnace No 2 was commissioned in 1963 and had already been partially refurbished several times, most recently in 1992. This latest refurbishment project has seen its continuous cast iron production capacity increase from 3,700 tonnes to 4,600 tonnes per day.
0 accident rate for 37,000 hours of work on-site
During the works project as a whole, in addition to the 22 new automated systems for blast furnace No 2, SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest was also tasked with supplying, installing and commissioning other items including 16 operating stations, 34 electrical outlet housings, 45 on-site junction boxes and 100 instrumentation sensors. The project additionally required 30 km of low-voltage cables and over 4 km of fibre optics, for example to connect blast furnace No 2 with the control room located in blast furnace No 4.
Staff at SPIE committed themselves to ensuring optimal safety throughout the 37,000 hours of work that the project entailed, and a zero accident rate was attained. ArcelorMittal has rewarded the SPIE staff with the “BF2 Safety Trophy 2015, zero accidents during test phase” for the company that currently holds the highest number of hours worked.
“The fact that we were given a second project whilst the first contract was still ongoing demonstrates the level of trust ArcelorMittal has in SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest,” explains Saïd Salim, head of the energy/industry department at SPIE Ile-de-France Nord-Ouest. “Winning an award for safety as a result of this contract is further testament to our client’s level of satisfaction, and proves that we have the ability to work quickly and effectively whilst at the same time observing all safety regulations.”