Ritec Retrospective: Marina Bay Financial Centre

The Marina Bay Financial Centre in Singapore consists of three office towers, two residential towers and retail space at Marina Bay Link Mall.

Approximately 260,000m2 of glass was treated with Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ easy-clean surface treatment in 2013 for this major development prior to installation in order to protect the glass from harsh contaminants during construction.

Ordinarily, building contractors face the problem of concrete splatter, cement dust and slurry and other types of alkaline construction materials damaging and corroding the surface of glass on building sites. However, ClearShield® protection is the solution as it helps to reduce:

  • remedial work and costly replacement for glass surface damage
  • costs from unsatisfactory final builder’s clean or call-backs
  • delayed certification on glazing handover

For more information, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Oil Be Back! OverflateXperten Returns to Oil Rig for More Glass Renovation and Protection Work

OverflateXperten is Ritec’s official Marketing Partner in Norway and possess a lot of experience renovating and protecting glass on-site. They particularly specialise in glass on oil rigs and platforms in the North Sea.

OverflateXperten has worked extensively on the Ekofisk oil field in the past. More recently, they were asked to renovate and protect glass on a driller cabin on-site with the ClearShield Eco-System®. This is because the oil rig’s crew were not able to get the ordinary, unprotected glass perfectly clean themselves despite their best efforts using specialised window cleaning products, as the ‘Before’ images show.

Driller cabin front window, before and after ClearShield Eco-System® application

The ClearShield Eco-System® is designed to restore glass to its original ‘as-new’ appearance before the application of award-winning and durable ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ glass surface treatment. This ensures less staining building up on the glass so helps to maximise visibility and clarity. In addition, this optimises safety and helps reduce operational costs. For example, poor visibility from mud and oil splatter on the glass can potentially result in accidents and therefore the operation risks being shut down by the Health & Safety Executive; shutting down an oil rig costs on average £75,000 / $100,000 a day.

Driller cabin side window, before and after ClearShield Eco-System® application

Thanks to the ClearShield Eco-System®, these problems are significantly reduced, despite the harsh offshore conditions. The System has 40 years of experience, even in tough marine conditions where ordinary, unprotected glass can corrode easily. The System upgrades the ordinary glass to higher performance ClearShield Eco-Glass® without the expensive costs and aggravation associated with glass replacement.

Driller cabin roof glass, before and after ClearShield Eco-System® application

The net result is significantly less build-up of contaminants on the glass, and any mud and oil splatter is easier to remove without the need for harsh or abrasive cleaning processes or materials that are hazardous to human health and the environment. The driller operator now has maximum visibility and the treated glass helps avoid expensive shutdowns.

For more information on OverflateXperten or Ritec International, visit www.overflatexperten.no or www.ritec.co.uk respectively.