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Looking up at the Essar Regenerator Head replacment

News Ultra HD Time-Lapse and Video for Essar

2 February 2014 Kate

We recently worked for Essar at their Stanlow Refinery to capture a truly epic project, involving the replacement of a huge Regenerator Head, as part of a £25 million refurbishment project.

The 450-tonne head for Stanlow’s flagship residue fluidised catalytic cracking unit is the largest of its kind in Europe. The ‘cracker’ head, which is vital to Stanlow’s production of three billion liters of petrol per annum, will give the refinery unit another 25 years of life.

Our job was to capture the engineering work to remove and replace the Regenerator Head during October 2013 and document the mobilization of numerous highly skilled professionals using the heaviest and most specialized engineering and lifting equipment in the world, including immense self propelled modular trailers, a huge skid system (containing elements that were used to recover the submarine K147 Kursk from the depths of the Barents Sea ) – together with one of the largest cranes on earth (with a boom of 334ft).


Credit goes to our Technical Director, Andy Piekarcyzk for the capture of this project. Andy expertly recorded all the necessary footage in video as well as time-lapse, from numerous angles over several days, and in highly challenging circumstances, and also edited together all the content into the final production. He worked closely with the Essar team to understand their schedules, challenges and strict requirements.

The finished piece provides an excellent documentation of the process for Essar and helps demonstrate why Andy is one of the best time-lapse producers around. In fact, we would say, ‘THE’ best! We are very proud of him and the work we all contribute to as part of a team, which continually strive to deliver beyond expectation.

This project helps demonstrate just a part of our all-round technical ability, attention to detail and determination to understand clients’ requirements and produce the best services and content possible.

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