Freeport ⁄ Texas (USA)
Flat bottom cryogenic tanks
This Flat-Bottom Cryogenic tank, situated in Freeport, Texas marks another significant step in our American expansion. Its purpose is to increase liquid oxygen storage capacity in order to allow for the production plant to be operated intermittently. These plants consume a lot of energy, so in the summer the state of Texas gives incentives to private companies for not consuming energy during certain hours to avoid collapsing the grid.
The area provided quite a few challenges: lying at sea level, the area is marshy and is subject to persistent rain and strong storms. The task of our experts and the local teams on the ground was complicated by difficult terrain conditions in which the ground would often become extremely muddy. The rain sometimes got so heavy that the site flooded.
Another issue was with customs in the US. Due to regulations there, we couldn’t ship the parts gradually. How did we get around this? More than 25 containers, coming from all over Spain, left on one ship for the States.
All of our teams had to draw on their years of experience to get this project over the line. We can now see this project as one of our proudest achievements and another step in consolidating our growing international reputation.
Design code: API 620
Location: Freeport, Texas (USA)
Capacity: 7500 m³ LIN
Concept: Contención simple
Design pressure: 345 mbarg
Operating temperature: -196ºC
Material inner tank: A240 TP 201LN
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