Innovating for more than eight decades, Lindapter has revolutionized the steel industry with its line of clamps and connectors that don’t need welding or drilling -- dramatically cutting project time, cost, and risk across a wide spectrum of applications. This month, we’re taking a deeper dive into a standout example of Lindapter’s capabilities: Shell’s gas plant in Bacton, Norfolk in the United Kingdom.
Why Shell Needed Lindapter
Opened in 1968, the Bacton Gas Terminal is actually a grouping of six terminals, one of which is owned by Shell Oil Company. Multiple improvements and upgrades were required to ensure another 30 years of smooth operation for the company, most critically to the site’s administration building, whose roof was badly in need of replacing. The project’s main contractor, Munnings Construction Limited, set out to eliminate hot work in its project bid, and tapped Lindapter for help. Lindapter’s engineers provided Munnings with a free design consultation, including detailed 2D and 3D renderings that clearly illustrated how welding would be avoided, which proved to be essential in winning the business for Munnings.
Lindapter’s Solution for Shell
Lindapter eliminated the need for hot work by implementing Type AF and Type CF high-strength clamps. These clamps were used to secure rolled steel angles to the existing steel trusses on the roof of the administration building. The Type CF clamps in particular hooked onto the existing angles (chord members) to attach angle cleats to the frame. This provided a fast and easy installation of the timber purlins, which were simply laid across the supporting steel work and fastened to the angle cleats. The entire installation was carried out quickly and easily using only standard hand tools, and, as promised, without a need for welding. Lindapter’s perfect execution led Shell to award the second phase of the project to Munnings -- a win for all parties involved.
What Lindapter Can Do for You
Just as was afforded to Munnings, Lindapter will grant any potential customer a design consultation free of charge. Consultations are fulfilled by Lindapter’s expert team of engineers who formulate design solutions tailored to your project’s unique specifications. These designs are delivered as 2D drawings as well as three-dimensional interactives and CAD files. And when it comes to executing your custom design, Lindapter does so in full CE compliance with its line of CE-marked Steel-to-Steel, Hollow Structural Section, and Steel Flooring products.
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