Biofuels and Bioenergy

Biofuels and Bioenergy Overview

Plan Ahead and Select Experienced Partners Early

A variety of project risks are inherent in biofuels plant development, and the ability to mitigate these risks can mean the difference between projects that receive the funding to move into the construction stage and those that do not. Whereas construction methods are typically not considered until funding has been achieved, thinking about the techniques to be used and engaging outside experts early, can reduce these risks and lower direct and indirect costs, helping to get these projects off the ground.

The global economic contraction has created new obstacles to the capitalization of new plants and assets in all industries. Investors have demanded that such variable risk factors as skilled labor and construction schedules be anticipated and mitigated. Variable costs must be supplanted by fixed costs, known variability must be removed, and construction plans must be reviewed and openly address these concerns. Partnering with experienced and innovative organizations that can reduce these risks factors early, will have a major impact on the successful capitalization of a project.


Control Costs and Reduce Risks. For each dollar spent on pre-planning activities, four dollars can be saved in the field.

The specification of Victaulic systems can minimize the direct and indirect costs associated with piping system fabrication, field erection, material handling, transportation, testing, safety, and field rework. Several of these risk factors affect other costs, such as insurance, which can fluctuate greatly depending on how these risks are abated. If the project under consideration can capitalize on these opportunities, costs can be reduced and calendar days can be saved.

The Victaulic Construction Piping Services team offers project management services that enrich our product offering, working with you to develop robust plans that take these risk factors into account. The need for highly skilled, expensive labor can be greatly reduced, logistical costs can be cut by 3 to 5 times, deliveries can be coordinated to meet a just-in-time philosophy, and schedules can be controlled regardless of climate or geography.


Compress Construction Schedules and Start-up Your Plant Sooner

Welding joints increases costs in terms of the time needed to produce a properly welded joing, and in terms of the expenses associated with X-ray inspection of joints and the time and cost of rework needed on joints failing inspection. Depending on the skill of the welders and the location of the job, the percentage of rework may increase significantly, and along with it, costs and project calendar delays.

Mechanical pipe joining enables the use of less-skilled, money-saving labor while providing the means of visual inspection without the use of X-ray or other testing equipment. Mechanical joining is also less dependent upon weather conditions for successful installation. Snow, rain, wind, and heat will create unexpected delays for welders regardless of skill level, however a mechanical coupling can be installed in nearly any condition, keeping your project on schedule and within budget. Compress and protect your project schedule by selecting Victaulic mechanical couplings for your next project.



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