Energy Composites receives large order for composite tanks

Energy Composites will manufacture 76 large-diameter, filament-wound tanks ranging from 6 to 20 ft in diameter for a global mining company's nickel processing plant in Canada.

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Energy Composites Corp. (ECC, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., USA) announced on July 21 that it has received the largest composite structure fabrication purchase order in the company’s history. Under the multi-million dollar agreement, ECC will fabricate 76 large-diameter chemical storage tanks for a global mining company's new nickel processing plant in Newfoundland, Canada.

ECC will produce 76 vertical, fiber-wound tanks in diameters from 6 ft to 20 feet (1.8m to 6.1m). All tanks will be produced in ECC’s 73,000 ft²/6,782m² Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., climate-controlled production center. The tanks will then be taken to a shipping port on Lake Michigan so that they can more easily be shipped by barge to the Newfoundland site. The larger tanks will be produced with ECC’s new portable horizontal field winder, which enables ECC to wind very large diameter tanks up to 40 feet in length without body joints. 

ECC’s corrosion-resistant tank design uses Derakane epoxy vinyl ester resins from Ashland Inc. (Dublin, Ohio, USA), as well as boron-free Advantex ECR glass from Owens Corning (Toledo, Ohio, USA). ECC will complete engineering and design work on the project shortly and then initiate production next month.

Production begins in August and runs throughout the remainder of 2010 and much of 2011. ECC will complete its work on the project under a subcontract from its strategic partner in Canada, AC Plastiques.