FEP investment in safe hands

Earlier this month (April) Fife Ethylene Plant (FEP) temporarily shut down to begin a £140 million investment project. The man in charge of the project, Maarten ten Doesschate, has already overseen numerous such projects for ExxonMobil around the globe.

FEP investment in safe hands
Image Major investment project has begun at FEP
Major investment project has begun at FEP 

This project represents the 14th major investment programme that Maarten has led for the company. He says: “While our operations [at FEP] have always been safe, we know our reliability has not been as good as it can be,” he said. “This has led us to use our flare too often, which we know frustrates our local communities.

“This investment will improve our reliability by overhauling existing equipment, installing thousands of new parts and introducing the latest versions of the technologies available. We have a very skilled and knowledgeable team here at FEP, who will be joined by over 850 specialist contractors. The work has been carefully planned and will be delivered to the highest standard.”

Maarten began his career with ExxonMobil in the Netherlands and has worked with the company for over 35 years in a variety of roles. Among his previous posts were technical and plant manager in Rotterdam, start-up and safety manager in Singapore and investment project manager in Beaumont and Baytown in the USA, and Antwerp in Belgium.

Maarten likens the FEP programme to a major service on your car - but on a much bigger scale. An estimated 300,000 hours of work will be delivered, including the installation of an advanced elevated flare tip, which will reduce noise and vibration during flaring.

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FEP investment in safe hands