Chevron Philips Chemical’s $5-billion Cedar Bayou ethane cracker facility in Baytown, Texas, has the capacity to produce 1.5 million metric tons of ethane per year. Scaffolding and temporary support were necessary for its erection and assembly and for installing the numerous controls and feed lines.
PERI’s Integrated Scaffold Program (ISP) was a key factor in selecting PERI UP Rosett Flex Industrial Scaffolding to provide temporary support and access. The inherent safety and labor savings achieved with PERI UP Scaffolding was also a major benefit. PERI UP Scaffolding is adaptable, provides safe working conditions, can be assembled and disassembled quickly, and has high load-bearing capacity.
The PERI ISP encompasses the 5D PERI Path software program that includes estimating, managing, tracking, design, and forecasting. The program continuously monitors the utilization of scaffolding equipment, keeping track of the hundreds of scaffolds and nearly 750,000 scaffolding components being used on this project. It also monitors crew activity related to the scaffolding. By creating full transparency, PERI ISP increases predictability, reduces labor and inventory costs, and helps contractors manage their scaffolding needs more efficiently.
In addition, PERI developed an innovative way to provide temporary support during control system installation by using PERI GT 24 Formwork Girders. Offered in 18 standard lengths, their high load-bearing capacity and rigidity were just right for this application. This move saved approximately $10 million compared to the cost of more traditional solutions.