OSL Consulting Appointed as Adviser to Croda in Operation Expansion
Speciality chemical manufacturer, Croda International Plc, is expanding the capacity of its operation in Hull with the help of local engineering company, OSL Consulting.
Croda is investing £27m in a new polymer additives manufacturing plant at its Oak Road site to optimise production processes with new cutting-edge technology. The investment will nearly double existing capacity and enable Croda to meet growing demand for slip additives through to 2030. OSL Consulting will advise Croda over a two-year period that covers the engineering procurement and construction management for this significant expansion project. OSL’s integrated team of around 40 engineering, project management and construction specialists will be involved in the project.
Alastair Robertson, Principal Director at OSL, said: “This is a very prestigious piece of work and we’re very proud to have been awarded it. We were successful thanks to an understanding of the key project success factors, including the importance of the integrated team approach. In addition, our risk-based approach to the project execution and the provision of specialist risk management software allowed both Croda and OSL to quantify the key areas of focus for the team.”
This focus on risk is particularly important to the project’s success, as it needs to be evaluated in terms of commercial and technical risk factors in order to understand critical and sub-critical activities of the project, ensuring that the right mitigation plans are in place from the start. This approach is provided through OSL Risk Management, part of the OSL Group, which offers advanced analytics, modelling standards and software for corporate decisions, including financial strategies and project management.
“We understand the common drivers and Croda admired our flexibility of approach,” adds Alastair. “This reflects the growth in our capabilities over the years from engineering consultancy to full project management. We have a highly innovative team supporting Croda on this project who are experts in a range of engineering disciplines, and will cover all process, mechanical, electrical, civil, structural and control instrumentation needs, as well as overseeing procurement, cost analysis and timescale management.”
Alastair continues: “This project demonstrates Croda’s commitment to the local area. As a growing local company that attracts engineers to the region, we were positive that OSL should be involved, as it enables us to continue on that path.”
The project is now entering its initial stage and will continue for two years, creating employment opportunities whilst fortifying Hull’s recently appointed status as the most enterprising place in Britain.