CR Asia News Article

CRAT Prepares for Catalyst Change-out in Vietnam

CR Asia Thailand (CRAT) was recently awarded another catalyst handling project for a refinery and petrochemical complex in Vietnam.

The key national refinery provides about 40% of the oil and gas products to the domestic market in Vietnam. Currently, the operator plans to replace the catalyst in their residue hydro-desulphurisation (RHDS) unit. Such activity is crucial to maintain the safe and stable operation of the refinery. If this change-out is not executed as planned, the entire manufacturing complex could be shut down for an undefined period, resulting in significant losses for the operator and severely impacting Vietnam’s national energy supply.

Although CRAT provides the highly qualified technicians and specialised equipment for this project, the outbreak of COVID-19 posed substantial logistical challenges for both the client and CRAT, particularly as Vietnam has been in lockdown since the end of March. To overcome this situation, we collaborated with all stakeholders to find a way to make it happen. Our client worked very hard to obtain special approval from the Vietnamese Government for our experts to enter Vietnam. In parallel with this, we arranged special testing for all of our technicians, to confirm none of them were infected with coronavirus. We also chartered an airplane from Thai Vietjet Airlines to transport our specialists to Vietnam and, on arrival, the client arranged for them to be self-isolated for 14 days before starting work.

We are happy to report that they are all safe and well, have successfully completed their period of self-isolation and have just begun executing the project.