Energy Composites receives record composite storage tank order
Sep 1, 2010 12:00 PM
Energy Composites Corporation (ECC) has received the largest composite structure fabrication purchase order in the company's history. Under the multi-million dollar agreement, ECC will fabricate 76 large-diameter chemical storage tanks for a global mining leader's new nickel processing plant in Newfoundland. Production begins in August and runs throughout the remainder of 2010 and much of 2011. ECC will complete its work on the project under a subcontract from its strategic partner in Canada, AC Plastiques.
ECC will produce 76 vertical, fiber-wound tanks in diameters from 20 to 6 feet. All tanks will be produced in ECC's 73,000-square-foot Wisconsin Rapids WI climate-controlled production center. The tanks will then be taken to a shipping port on Lake Michigan so that they can more easily be shipped by barge to the Newfoundland site. The larger tanks will be produced with ECC's new portable horizontal field winder, which enables ECC to wind very large-diameter tanks up to 40 feet in length without body joints.
ECC's corrosion resistant tank design makes use of Derakane epoxy vinyl ester resins from Ashland Inc, as well as boron-free Advantex ECR glass from Owens Corning. The company's logistics advantages include the opportunity to ship completed tanks by barge from the lake port at Manitowoc WI to the final destination in Newfoundland. ECC will complete engineering and design work on the project shortly and then initiate production in August 2010.
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