Robert Bokros at Lobo Systems, UK
Received date: January 20, 2016; Accepted date: January 23, 2016; Published date: January 25, 2016
Citation: Bokros R (2016) LOBO Advanced Platform System reduces labour cost by £ 3.5m and more at Pembroke Oil Refinery. Oil Gas Res 2:i101. doi:10.4172/2472-0518.1000i101
Copyright: © 2016 Bokros R. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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A British producer of a state-of-the-art-scaffolding system has won a contract to supply Valero Energy based in San Antonio, Texas, United States. Within the refinery, scaffolding is used to provide access for preventative and reactive maintenance, inspection and operational tasks. For the last 30 years this has been provided by an out sourced scaffolding company, and with rising labour costs continues to account for an ever increasing expense year on year for Valero. This has driven the site Refinery Services Department to completely review the scaffold and access requirements to identify safe and suitable lower cost alternative solutions to traditional scaffolding. During this research, the LOBO System was identified and a sample order, together with the approved training package, was purchased. Having received the LOBO System pilot order in 2013, a focus was placed to use it on all works, excluding the very high designed access applications and with an improvement in health and safety performance. The plan was to use the LOBO System for as many of the jobs on routine maintenance that require working at height as is possible; it was estimated that as much as 75% of works needed a platform height of 4 metres/15 Feet or below (Table 1).
|Monthly Scaffolding Spend 300,00||% Spend on LOBO||Total Annual Saving, money NOT spent on Scaffolding||Cumulative Annual Saving|
|2013 Savings||8%||£300,000 x 8% x 12 = £288,000||£288,000|
|2015 Savings||15%||£300,000 x 15% x 12 = £540,000||£828,000|
|2016 Expected Savings||20%||£300,000 x 25% x 12 = £900,000||£2,448,000|
|2017 Projection||25%||£300,000 x 25% x 12 = £900,000||£2,448,000|
|2018 Projection||30%||£300,000 x 30% x 12 = £1,080,000||£3,528,000|
Table 1: Official figures approved by Valero Energy, Pembroke UK, total spend on LOBO Systems around £200,000-00.
LOBO Systems, Manager Director, Robert Bokros comments “The huge cost savings derived from the use of the LOBO System, has once again been proven beyond doubt and we advise any oil refineries who wish to reduce their labour costs to adopt our product.” “LOBO was chosen due to its relative low cost in comparison to traditional scaffolding with regard to material and labour cost. The ‘self erect’ element of the LOBO System was a tremendous draw for the refinery and one that Valero is keen to explore further. Innovation is something Valero as a company encourage and LOBO, in particular Mr Robert Bokros, has worked with us to develop solutions for Access where other vendors have failed, current design in progress is the design of clamps to aid in the maintenance of fin fans to access the plenum chambers they reside in.” The LOBO System can be assembled without the use of any tools in minutes, safely and to any shape or size and is not reliant on the scaffolding company to return and remove the systems after the maintenance task has been completed, which can increase hire costs.