Shell Pernis, Netherlands

Netherlands: updating Europe's largest oil refinery

One of the world's largest oil refineries gets a thorough update, with the Dutch LMV colleagues installing new low-voltage distribution boards - and taking charge of project management.

Two years ago, Siemens Low & Medium Voltage was asked to install 40 new low-voltage distribution boards at Shell Pernis, Europe’s largest oil refinery, located just outside Rotterdam. The new equipment powers office lighting as well as large parts of the site’s production process and replaces solid but outdated systems dating back to the 1950s and 1960s.

The project is just one phase in an electrical masterplan for the Shell Pernis refinery. “It’s our step-by-step guide to replacing a large part of the low and medium voltage systems over the next 20 years”, says the site’s electrical engineering manager, Marcel Visser. Executing the masterplan is a complex job, also in terms of coordination, since the refinery processes must not be disrupted. Temporary switchboards need to be installed to keep the plant’s engines running at all times.

Siemens assumed overall responsibility for project management. “This saved us time and effort”, Visser says,"We are very happy with the end result. Time for the next step in our masterplan!”