Rusal Aughinish Alumina, Limerick

  • Client: United Company Rusal
  • Architect: Various
  • Completion date: Since 1987
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural

PUNCH has completed work with our client that has included the design of tank bases for the sulphuric acid and diesel tanks, integrity assessment of existing tanks, design of product bulk storage bins, structural assessment of corrosion damage, design of large reactor vessel structural supports, structural assessment of the adjacent jetty and the design of new and refurbished ancillary buildings.

Aughinish Alumina, owned by the Swiss-based natural resources group Glencore, operates a 24/7 alumina refinery situated on the Shannon River estuary, Co Limerick, Ireland. The company is the largest alumina refinery in Europe. Over the years PUNCH Consulting Engineers has worked on a wide range of projects for the company.

Most recently, PUNCH was commissioned to carry out a structural risk assessment to determine the integrity of an existing 7000m3 diesel tank for both operational and accidental loading. This assessment included a check of the original design which was completed by others and the design of improvements to alleviate the risk from accidental damage.

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