Nynas visits an asphalt plant operated by NCC, a construction company in the Nordic region, to assess its safe handling of bitumen.
Bitumen is delivered hot and therefore precise procedures are needed in order to minimise safety risks such as burn injuries. Safety is something on which the transport company Kördel maintains a constant focus.
All of Nynas bitumen product transport operations in Sweden using road tankers now run virtually exclusively on biofuel.
In order for all employees to go home from work every day without injuries, each individual must assume personal responsibility. Bitumen Matters visited the Special Products Plant (SPP) at the Nynas refinery in Eastham.
Near Arlanda airport, north of Stockholm, we find one of the Nordic construction company NCC’s asphalt plants. Here the company’s Swedish regional manager Mansour Ahadi, on the right, is welcoming Shadi Tentak, Distribution Manager, Nynas Bitumen Nordic. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct an safety assessment of the plant’s unloading bays for bitumen. NCC has worked together with Nynas to produce a ten-point programme to minimise the risk of injuries. The inspection includes checks on emergency showers, shut-off valves for unloading connections, level gauges and overfill alarms, among other things.
In October 1928 the S/S British Earl delivered the very first cargo of crude oil for the newly-built refinery in Nynäshamn, Sweden. The history of Nynas could start to unfold. Research and development was a strong driving force for the business from the very outset. Among other things, Nynas was among the first in Europe to manufacture petrol with a high octane level. The global energy crisis in the mid-1970s resulted in a transition from a small traditional Swedish oil company into an international player focused on special products. Nynas is now one of Europe’s leading bitumen suppliers, and is also a world leader in the field of naphthenic specialty oils.