The project featured a modernization of the FSF, namely a new reaction shaft and new cooling elements. The shutdown services project team from Outotec, led by Matthew Jahnke, worked closely with the Outotec equipment supply project team to support the customer in the most integrated manner possible.
Aurubis chose Outotec for this project because, in addition to safety, the shortest possible shutdown time was the most important criteria, and we could deliver exactly that. While Aurubis originally expected a schedule of 55-57 days, Outotec’s early assessment showed that 54 days would be possible. Indeed, through eight months of planning and sixteen iterations of schedule optimization, our shutdown planning experts, working together with Aurubis Pirdop project colleagues, were able to achieve 54 days, a new record for Pirdop. What’s more, safety targets (zero harm) and other project goals, especially quality and cost, were met during this complex shutdown.