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Nizhnekamsk Refinery

The Nizhnekamsk Refinery is located approximately 800 km east of Moscow, in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan. The current production levels of 125,000 barrels per day will rise to a capacity of 7 million tons per year upon completion of an upgrade program, making it one of the world’s largest petroleum refineries. Construction and expansion of the plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2009. Total project costs are approximately $ 3.3 billion.

FUGRO was asked to develop geotechnical engineering recommendations to assist Fluor and their subcontractors in the design and construction of foundations to support the proposed structures associated with the OJSC Refining & Petrochemical Complex Project. The Nizhnekamsk Refinery Project represented an unprecedented challenge for Fugro Consult, Germany, who as project leaders worked in close cooperation with Fugro companies in Russia and the U.S.A. The project team, working in multiple offices over three countries, faced enormous logistical difficulties, extremely cold conditions, as well as a very tight project schedule.

During a period of ten months Fugro successfully coordinated earth works, on-site construction, drilling and cone penetration testing, provided quality control and supervised civil and piling subcontractors. This enabled the site investigation results to flow directly into the clients’ design process. Up to ten Fugro personnel were on site at peak times. Parallel to the site investigation, Fugro engineers in Houston and Berlin, carried out geotechnical analysis for pile and foundation design according to Russian SNiP & GOST standards.

An interactive GeODin web portal provided the latest information on site investigation activities simultaneously in both Russian and English.