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Archive for January, 2011

Volvo CE Triple Threat Equipment

Posted by nahetsblog on January 26, 2011

Creative thinking and teamwork earned middle and high school students from across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas to compete in the national finals of the AEM Construction Challenge presented by Volvo Construction Equipment. At the event taking place March 21 through 25 at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG trade show, 24 teams that won regional competitions will compete for scholarships and other prizes and have the opportunity to meet and learn from leaders in the construction industry. Regional rallies gave students the chance to demonstrate their creative abilities and imagination as they vied to secure a spot in the national competition by building structures related to transportation and water infrastructure.

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Construction industry is broadly upbeat on next year’s prospects

Posted by nahetsblog on January 7, 2011

January 6, 2010
According to KPMG’s annual "Global Construction Survey," the global engineering and construction industry is broadly upbeat on next year’s prospects.

"The bottom line is the nonresidential construction recession is largely over, but 2011 will be associated with grudgingly slow progress,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. In terms of segments poised to experience construction spending growth in 2011, ABC projects that power will lead the way, with spending rising by an anticipated 5.5 percent. Segments positioned for decline include those that are closely linked to state and local government spending.

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Port Arthur crane collapse

Posted by nahetsblog on January 6, 2011

A crane collapse at Port Arthur refinery on Tuesday knocked out power to one of the plant’s vacuum distillation units.

Nobody injured in Tuesday’s crane accident, which is the 2nd at the project trying to make the Motiva refinery the largest in the United States by early 2012.

The unit was shut as workers were trying to bring the vacuum distillation unit, called a pipestill, under control after the crane collapse took out electrical power lines on Tuesday, according to the filing.

A vacuum distillation unit is one of the units that does the initial refining of crude oil at a refinery.

"Emergency steps were taken to stabilize unit operations including isolating electrical power supply … Took steps to stabilize unit operations including shutting the unit down to minimize flaring."

A Motiva representative was not available for comment on Wednesday.

The crane was lifting pipes for the crude capacity project when it fell backward across electric lines on Tuesday, according to sources.

"They dodged a bullet," said one of the sources about Tuesday’s accident.

In an April 2010 crane accident on the Motiva project, one worker was killed.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed on Wednesday it had launched an investigation into the latest crane collapse.

Motiva is working to complete the expansion by early 2012 that will lift the refinery’s crude capacity from 285,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 600,000 bpd, making it the largest U.S. refinery

On Tuesday, a Motiva spokeswoman said the expansion would continue as scheduled.

The $5-billion project, begun in 2007, was stopped for over a year in late 2008 due to concerns by Motiva partner Saudi Aramco about the cost and management of the expansion. Work resumed in 2009.

Motiva is a joint-venture between Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Saudi Aramco.

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