This time we won’t be talking about one Global Award winner but a winning team. Today, we would like to introduce you to one of our Outstanding Projects. The project was coordinated by Jan Mužík, one of our project managers who has been part of our team in the Czech Republic since 2005. Jan took some time to explain to us a little more about the project that took place in Luleå (Sweden.)
The customer is called SSAB EMEA AB and the project happened in 3 phases:
Engineering – 07/2020 – 12/2020
Manufacturing – 08/2020 – 05/2021
Installation – 07/2021 – 08/2021
Let’s hear from Jan and get to learn about this outstanding project.
CI: What do you do? What is your role in your team?
JM: My role as the project manager was the communication with the client, clarification of technical issues, cooperation in the planning activities, coordination of the engineering and manufacturing activities, and secure the constant information flow among all parties involved throughout the project.
CI: What was the project about? Describe the project in 2 or 3 simple sentences
JM: The project was about exchanging 2x lower cooling stack sections for the SSAB BOS plant in Luleå, Sweden.
CI: What was Christof Industries’ role in this project?
JM: Project scope involved engineering, manufacturing, delivery, and installation of 2 complete lower cooling stack sections with piping and a set of spare pressure parts downstream converter LD 1 and 2 for SSAB steelworks in Luleå.
CI: What was the biggest challenge of this project?
JM: Complex manufacturing and installation scope, tight delivery dates, and strict client specifications, but also the fact that the whole project was executed under conditions significantly affected by Covid-19 restrictions made the whole project very challenging.
The biggest challenge was the site assembly itself because both cooling stacks were installed simultaneously on a day/night shift basis.
CI: What makes this project outstanding?
JM: This project was definitely outstanding in many ways. Whether in its scope, complexity, number of local sub-suppliers involved, or the transport routes that needed to be planned.
The essential part of each successful project is cooperation. And that is what I personally find outstanding. In our case, the cooperation had already begun during the negotiation phase since the commercial negotiations were supported by Mr. Josip Kasalo from OEE. His effort contributed to the fact that OSS has won the tender over other competitors.
The next intercompany cooperation followed during the engineering phase – this time with OB, which provided most of the manufacturing drawings, strength calculations, and valuable support during the whole engineering period.
CI: What were the results?
JM: Despite all restrictions and from day to day changing circumstances, we achieved our goal – to manufacture a top-quality product that conforms to all relevant standards and regulations.
Thanks to careful planning and division of production between our two workshops in Prague/Czechia and Demandice/Slovakia, all parts were produced exactly on time. After subsequent general annealing and chemical cleaning, the parts were ready for transportation to Sweden.
Thanks to the joint efforts of the entire installation team, led by our experienced site manager Mr. Pavel Sedláček, both cooling stacks were installed on time and in accordance with the customer’s requirements.
CI: How was sustainability considered in this project?
JM: Sustainability is nowadays an essential part of the vast majority of projects. Installation activities in SSAB were no exception. We had to follow specific regulations given by the client – starting with the reduction of dust emissions, mentioning the obligatory waste management, and in our case, also dealing with chemical substances.
CI: Did anything in this project inspire you? Explain
JM: This project confirmed that Oschatz belongs to the top providers in the field of steelmaking industry.
The success of this project comes from the hard work and commitment of every single person who participated in this job. For me, it was an honour to work together with such an enthusiastic, committed, and professional Oschatz team.
CI: What is your next big project/plan/goal?
JM: I am involved in a big project in the Netherlands, which includes the engineering, manufacturing, delivery, and installation of a new movable hood and a part of the lower cooling stack section for converter C23. The engineering phase is over, and the manufacturing has just started in our workshop in Prague. Considering the dimensions of individual parts, is the installation going to be the most challenging part of the delivery scope.