Chemical Industry

Chemical production is crucial to everyday life, and the sector is increasingly complex. Today, chemical companies face wide-ranging challenges including changes in demand, regulatory compliance, digitisation and cheaper production methods. Our expertise helps chemical industry clients tackle their challenges head on – throughout the lifecycle of an asset.

Extensive chemicals experience

WSP has engineered solutions for some of the most hazardous substances, at some of the world’s busiest and most tightly constrained operating sites. Our chemical sector experience includes fine chemicals, petrochemicals, polymers and coatings, solvents, highly toxic chemicals, fibres and resins.

Working with clients such as Victrex, Kemira, Lucite and Cabot, we support every chemicals industry sub-sector.


Support across the asset life cycle

Whatever the location and scale of operation, we have the rich understanding of industrial processes and the multidisciplinary design expertise needed to support every stage of an asset life cycle.

From manufacturing plants to power generation projects, and everything in-between, we can provide a full engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) service.

Our chemical industry specialists have extensive experience resolving operational issues. They understand that chemical companies around the world are focused on refining their business models and manufacturing footprints, pursuing opportunities in developing markets and investing in R&D and digital technologies. We help clients optimise operational efficiencies and processes, maximise process and operational safety, reduce energy consumption, and minimise emissions. 

Gold standard health and safety
WSP has the global capability needed to deliver fast-track projects with an outstanding health and safety record. We have won the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award 17 times and achieved the RoSPA Order of Distinction.

A seamless part of our design and construction process, our Safety Management System (SMS) integrates safety, health, environment and quality to remove risks at source – saving time and reducing costs.

Successful chemical industry projects

Expanding polymer production

Victrex is a leading global manufacturer of high performance plastics. When the company required a major expansion to its existing chemical manufacturing facility in Rotherham, UK, we ensured the project was completed without disrupting operations. 

Works included new process equipment and infrastructure upgrades on a constrained site with hazardous chemicals, yet we reduced construction time by 33% without compromising on cost or quality.

The project used European Construction Institute (ECI) ACTIVE principles from the outset and was named ECI Project of the Year 2014. It also won the 2014 Midland Counties IStructE Award in the Industrial Category for the civil and structural design.


Supporting capital projects

For 18 years we have been Cabot’s chosen supplier of project management, construction management and engineering for capital projects ranging from tens of thousands of pounds to several million. 

The series of successful projects have ranged from standards updates and piping modifications to full-scale plant debottlenecking.

With the site operational virtually all year, there are minimal opportunities to do critical work. We are typically called on to design and manage fast-track brownfield projects, working to tight deadlines within existing processes and operations.

 

Services

Concept

  • Process safety
  • EHS management systems
  • Asset integrity support
  • Engineering / technical support in process, mechanical (static and rotating), electrical, instrumentation, control, civil, structural, architectural

Definition

  • Independent cost assurance
  • Contract management
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Quality inspection services
  • Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy support

Development

  • Sustainable Construction
  • Permit applications including COMAH
  • Product Stewardship
  • OE support
  • Procurement support
  • Project Control support
  • Contract Administration support

Operation

  • Process Safety
  • EHS management systems
  • Asset integrity support
  • Engineering / technical support in process, mechanical (static and rotating), electrical, instrumentation, control, civil, structural, architectural 

Maintenance/outages

  • Independent cost assurance
  • Contract management
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Quality inspection services
  • Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy support

Decommissioning

  • Asbestos and hazardous materials management
  • Pre-demolition surveys
  • Development of decommissioning and demolitions plans
  • Management of decommissioning and demolition works

Remediation

  • Ground investigation
  • Risk assessment
  • Negotiation of targets with regulators
  • Production of ITT documents including SoW
  • Bid model production and proposal evaluations
  • Pre-contract negotiations
  • Remediation including verification  
  • Permit hand back