Blue Projects support steam network expansion in pharmaceutical manufacturing site


Maintaining the highest quality standards in a hugely dynamic and state-of-the art environment: this is but one of the many challenges the pharmaceutical industry faces on a daily basis. For one of its’s clients in this challenging industry, with whom Blue Projects has a framework agreement to execute multiple projects, our company was able to support in a complex steam piping installation project.

The scope of this assignment included the design and integration of a new steam collector and over 1 kilometer of piping, crossing the entire site from East to West. Blue projects executed the detailed design of the new steam piping system and defined the integration points within the site, working closely together with the client’s engineers and experts. The design was then translated into procurement packages, in order to consult the market and to select the correct suppliers for the different piping scope blocks.

Following this design and procurement phase, Blue Projects continued to lead the project and managed it during the construction of both the different pipe rack structures and piping. Constructing all of this in hard-to-reach areas on the roof of the manufacturing facility, whilst having interactions with numerous other construction activities happening across the site, provided the team with additional challenges. A detailed constructability plan after consulting with all stakeholders and mapping all influencing factors, proved to be the key to success. This way the different activities like lifting, civil works, pipe rack installation works, roof works, piping welding, pressure testing and start-up works were put together in an integrated schedule. All works were planned in such a way that it caused the least possible impact on the daily operations of this full continuous operating plant. This included flexible solutions like executing works in the short yearly shut down period and during weekends. 

This challenging project provided another opportunity for the Blue Projects team to collaborate with this client on their impressive site-transforming journey. This continued partnership is the best compliment imaginable for the Blue Projects engineers leading diverse projects in this dynamic environment.