Jackson Lane Pty Ltd was engaged by Mobil Oil Australia Limited for preliminary and detailed design of a 1,360sq. m. central control building to replace two existing control buildings at the Adelaide refinery site. As design project managers we were responsible for all architectural and engineering disciplines and our scope included concept, preliminary and detailed design together with technical support during the construction phase.
A systematic approach to design development in the early stages of the project has resulted in the delivery of a control centre that has met with universal approval by both company management and refinery user groups. The client placed great emphasis on thorough consultation with user groups in the concept and preliminary phases of the design work in order to achieve stakeholder acceptance of the new working arrangements that go with a centralised control facility.
The building is located well away from the process area and is not required to be blast resistant. It includes a central console room from which all process units are monitored and an electrical equipment room to house instrumentation cabinets and power supplies. The HVAC system incorporates a complex control and shut down system which is interfaced with the fire and gas detection systems to isolate the building envelope in the event of external contamination or fire in the process area.