BASF-DNT GSH Project
The BASF Geismar System Hub (GSH) is a self-contained operation that blends raw materials to create customized polyurethane products for customers in the transportation, furniture and construction industries. The new facility will serve a wide range of applications and solutions, and aims to improve service to the growing North American market. The facility covers over nine acres next to the existing DNT plant in Geismar, LA. There are two buildings connected by a covered truck loading/unloading area for a total of 78,900 square feet under roof. One of the buildings is a tank farm, which houses the vessels that hold the raw products before blending and packaging. The other building is used for production and contains the lab, warehouse, packaging and blending plant where the product is mixed to customer specification.
The project, which consisted of setting equipment and vessels, structural steel, pipe fabrication and installation at the GSH site, was a great opportunity to begin performing mechanical construction work in BASF again, and show all facets of our company to a longtime client. We also felt that this would be a great opportunity to partner with our E&I division to execute the aggressive schedule that the team faced. To achieve our schedule deadline we would have to work side by side with the E&I group to effectively meet BASF’s needs.
After the bidding and conditioning process, EXCEL was awarded a lump-sum contract for the installation of the mechanical portion of the GSH project. The project included 27,000 linear feet of pipe, 1,850 bolt ups, 850 welds, 1,901 supports, 53 pieces of equipment to set, and 255 tons of steel. While the quantity of materials seemed small compared to larger projects, it had to be installed in less than 79,000 square feet—a space that would become even smaller when filled with the group of contractors competing for the same real estate to install their work.