The 92,200-square-meter edible oil refining complex owned by Sheel Oil & Fats consists of an oleo chemical plant, refinery and fractionation plant, flaking plant, hydrogenation plant, turbine foundation, thermic fluid heater, water and effluent treatment plants, and utility buildings. Located in a high-seismic zone on the east coast of Gujarat, India the INR 3.5 billion complex was built to withstand dynamic loading conditions.
Saunrachana Strucon used STAAD for modeling, analysis, and design of the major elements of this plant. The oleo chemical plant proved to be most challenging, with a combination of steel and reinforced cement concrete elements. The 64-meter tall plant had multiple service floors, with various vessels and equipment. One vessel alone was 800 metric tons, mounted at a height of 14 meters. Using STAAD, Saunrachana Strucon achieved an economical design of the plant with reduced personnel.
This project was a nominee in the Structural Engineering category of the 2019 Year in Infrastructure Awards, now known as the Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure.