Fermion’s API plant expansion reaches rooftop height

The construction of Fermion’s API plant expansion in Hanko, Finland, has proceeded to timetable and the new building has already reached rooftop height.

Kim Nylund, Project Director at Fermion, is satisfied with the first year of the Hanko2018 project. "Overall, the project has gone well. There have been challenges but we have been able to sort out all of them with the very well-performing project team. We have sometimes had to stretch our limits, but the team members are incredibly committed to the common goal," says Kim.

Kim is also already looking to the future, as the months that are important for the success of the project, when the construction of the actual factory and installing of equipment starts, are still ahead.

18 kilometres of pipework

Project manager Jere Laaksonen has also had a busy year. He is in charge of procuring equipment and for one of the project's more demanding subprojects, installation of the pipework.

"This can really be considered a complex project. After all, the factory will be needing, among other things, 18 kilometres of different types of pipework, about 3,000 valves, 70 pumps and an huge number of other small components that are hardly noticeable. For each product you have to think about the suppliers, materials and required characteristics," says Jere describing the procurement puzzle. 

In long projects it is also important to celebrate project milestones. A topping-out ceremony will be held on the site in February once the roof of the plant building, which has reached its full height, is completed.

 

Hanko facility capacity and capabilities

The new API manufacturing facilities in Hanko including 76 m3 reactor space, incremental to Fermion’s current total reactor volume of 320 m3. With best-in-class automated systems, controlled material flows, isolators and smart infrastructure the new facilities can process not only standard but also potent APIs. There will be a reactor space of 25 m3 for OEB5 compounds (containment level below 1 µg/m3) and the rest of the new capacity is equipped for compounds requiring a containment level of 1 - 10 µg/m3. The new facility will be operational in 2018.