Defective Flare Delays

This business problem at Woodside Pluto LNG in Western Australia caught my eye. A major cause of the delay is inadequate flare towers needing to be replaced by contractor Foster-Wheeler / Worley-Parsons. Takes me back to my first ever project in this business BP Sullom Voe Shetland Oil Terminal back in 1978/79 – where there was  major project delay and dispute – due to inadequately designed flare towers where coincidentally Foster-Wheeler were the contractor. Ironically too, their inadequate design only came to light because of a dockside offloading accident that damaged the flare tower, and the analysis of the repair work showed they were under-designed to begin with.

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