Case Study


New Britain Oils




Vegetable Oil Refinery




This ground-breaking vegetable oil refinery has been recognised by Greenpeace as a world leader in sustainable production. New Britain Oils, based in Kirkdale, processes oil from the fruit of palm trees which have been growing on plantations in a sustainable way as certified by the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

The Project Scope

The tanks at the Kirkdale refinery in Liverpool hold 35,000 tonnes of oil. The oil comes from Sustainable sources only, in contrast to many of their competitors who destroy millions of acres of rainforests to grow palm oil, putting native species like the Orangutan at risk.

We were awarded the contract for the design and build of this new Vegetable Oil refinery in Liverpool, UK. Once the site had been selected and a concept layout defined, we delivered the project through to testing and handover to client for commissioning. Our scope also included management of the onsite construction works and development of a brownfield site.

The Challenge

A key challenge for the project was the timescale for the project. We used parallel programming to achieve a fast-track delivery and the project duration was approximately 18 months from concept in Summer 2008 to completion in March 2010.

The facility involved approximately 150 stainless steel process vessels with piping, electrical and control elements. A process technology provider was used for the main refinery process equipment. All other design work was carried out by PROjEN.

The site lacked any mains utility services and these were provided by us as part of the project scope. The project was executed with a team of approximately 10 personnel average with 25 at the peak. A site management team of 4 personnel were also utilised.


The project was completed on time and deemed a success. New Britain Oils continue to develop the site and have since increased production to meet demand for its bakery fats.

Project Cost



18 months.


New Britain Oils


  • Fast-track delivery of the project was achieved by working collaboratively with multiple technology and engineering service providers.


This project highlights the benefits of a collaborative approach to design and delivery, where the client can depend upon external engineering resource as an extension of their internal team without having to maintain or employ a large engineering team of their own.