Kazakhstan Petrochemicals Industries (KPI) selected TÜV Rheinland to perform third party vendor assessment services to evaluate technical competence, production capacity and quality assurance.
Initial Situation and Requirements
In a joint venture with the State of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries Inc., LLP (KPI) has launched the Integrated Petrochemical Complex and Infrastructure Project. With a total investment of approximately 6.3 billion USD, the project includes the construction of a 500 kt/a facility for propylene dehydrogenation as well as a polypropylene facility with a capacity of 500 kt/a. In collaboration with a Chinese EPC contractor, KPI sought an experienced, trusted and independent partner to provide vendor assessment services to evaluate 90 potential suppliers in 12 locations of China, producing 102 types of equipment. For this important job they turned to TÜV Rheinland.
Due to our good relationship with the customer, our competitive offer, and our competent response to KPI concerns, TÜV Rheinland was awarded the contract. TÜV Rheinland Shanghai acted as the sub-contractor, performing on-site vendor inspections to ensure that potential Chinese suppliers were able to maintain the technical competency, production capacity, delivery schedule and quality assurance required for this project after several years of economic slowdown. Services were conducted by 15 experts in 5 technical disciplines and completed over a three-month period between October and December 2016. Suppliers of pressure, rotary, electrical and control equipment as well as piping and construction materials were inspected and evaluated. Audits were carried out according to relevant international standards such as ASME Sec. I, V, VIII and IX, ANSI B31.3/4/8, NACE, NACE TM0284, API 620/650, AWS D1.1, API 5L, ISO 3834, Sec. VIII and ICE.
We successfully coordinated several auditors to provide an in-depth vendor assessment according to demanding customer requirements. We applied a comprehensive rating system including guidelines and a final evaluation matrix. Vendors were classified into three categories, listed as “recommended”, “recommended with comments” or “not recommended”. Results were presented in an easy-to-understand format to facilitate efficient decision-making when choosing partners and placing orders.
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