BASF awards £1.6million contract to Britcon


Lincolnshire based Britcon Engineering Services has secured a £1.6 million contract with BASF to extend facilities at its world leading bio-acrylamide product facility in Bradford.

The structural steelwork division of building and engineering firm Britcon is manufacturing and installing the steel framework for a new building dedicated to the production of Poly acrylamide, which is used in the extraction of oil from water, at the COMAH site which covers 50 acres.

Headquartered in Germany, BASF is the largest chemical manufacturer in the world. The BASF Group comprises subsidiaries and joint ventures in more than 80 countries and operates six integrated production sites and 390 other production sites in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Americas and Africa.

The Bradford site is one of the largest and most productive single site chemical plants in the UK with an annual output of more than 250,000 tonnes, of which 84 per cent is exported.

The new structure from BES will comprise a 36m by 22m footprint with seven levels to fit into a tight space at the new plant.  It will rise 16 metres higher than the existing buildings.

Kevin Cocker, Senior Construction Manager at BES said, “We are delighted to secure this contract with BASF for which we will manufacture 350 tonnes of British Steel at our site in Scunthorpe.  The new building has to sit within the existing production units and so for the structure above existing building level we are prefabricating modules to lift in by tower crane.   It’s a complex procedure but one we have particular expertise in.”

BES is working alongside Richard Allen Engineering who are managing the overall project installation and specialist plant equipment install for BASF.

Britcon has also more recently secured the civils and building work for the delivery of three switch rooms at the BASF Bradford site.

Established for more than 25 years with a team of 90 people in the UK, Britcon has a depth of experience working within the waste and renewables sector.  It offers particular expertise and credentials in biomass, anaerobic digestion and thermal and ground source energy and is an active member of the Renewables Network.  Clients include Kemira Chemicals, Tata Steel, Lindsey Oil Refinery and Associates British Ports.