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July 2018

ENGIE Fabricom plays key role in successful Interconnector UK (IUK) shutdown

By | Services and Capabilities

ENGIE Fabricom has recently played a key role in delivering another successful shutdown.  Our client, Interconnector UK (IUK) resumed gas transportation from Bacton to Zeebrugge as planned at 05:00 on 28th June 2018.

IUK management declared the 15 day shutdown a success and expressed their satisfaction with all aspects of ENGIE Fabricom’s input, noting that they looked forward to our continuing support and return for the 2019 event.

Ian Baxter had been onsite at Bacton from 9th April in the role of ENGIE Fabricom’s Construction Interface Manager, assisting the IUK site team in supporting a major project being undertaken by National Grid which affected feeders into the IUK terminal.  Ian saw the first phase of this work completed during the shutdown.

Dave Knight, Supervisor and his team, installed new double block and bleed assemblies, fabricated in Immingham, into the fuel gas feed lines to the main gas compressors.  The team members were Dave Murdoch, Welder; Tom Gladding, Pipefitter; and Apprentice Pipefitter, Adam Whall, supported by Seamus Brady as Project Engineer

Andy Scott, Lead C&I Engineer supported a range of instrumentation and site system changes at Bacton including testing of upgrades to the High Integrity Protection System (HIPS) and Fire and Gas Human Machine Interface (HMI).  In addition, he carried out testing of modifications to the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System associated with the National Grid Project.

Dean Revill, EC&I Engineer supported testing and inspection work in Zeebrugge for upgrades to the Fire and Gas and Emergency Shutdown (ESD) Systems and HIPS, liaising with Vincotte (the Notifiable Body).  He also supported the installation and testing of a new hydraulic actuator for the IUK ‘free-flow’ project and oversaw thermowell and transmitter replacements on the waterbath heaters and new emergency push button functional testing.

The people onsite were ably supported by the IUK engineering team based in Origin 3 and our Manufacturing and Construction Facility, Immingham.

Once again, the competence and professionalism of ENGIE Fabricom’s people has been recognised and we are well placed to secure future project work from IUK.

We would like to thank everyone involved in the this successful IUK shutdown for their commitment and hard work.


Steve Turner, Managing Director of Interconnector commented:

“It’s the first day of operation following the 2018 shutdown period and we are currently back to business flowing ≈ 50% of UK to Belgium capacity.  This is great achievement as our final STA shutdown can be marked as another IUK success.

It’s a privilege to be able to witness teams and individuals, with their own specific skills and talents, working together to overcome the many challenges faced with a varied and complex shutdown programme of work.

A very big thanks to all involved for the skill and effort applied to ensure we safely completed our tasks as scheduled.  Also, a special thanks to all that took time during their busy and long days to complete a safety observation and help us improve on our performance.

For those of you that have been working with IUK contractors and third-party teams please pass on IUK’s gratitude.  Thanks again.”

Steve Turner
Managing Director

ENGIE Fabricom attend North East Lincolnshire Skills Fair 2018

By | Exhibitions/Seminars

ENGIE Fabricom recently attended the annual North East Lincolnshire Skills Fair, held at Grimsby Auditorium. The Skills Fair is the largest skills and careers event in North East Lincolnshire and aims to inspire young people to make decisions regarding their future career and the skills they will need.

Approximately 1,600 year 10 students attended the event over the course of the day, visiting from 14 local academies/learning centres.

ENGIE Fabricom was situated in the dedicated STEM village alongside other local engineering companies like Orsted, BAE Systems and British Steel.  Graduate Engineers, Ellis Jacklin and Rebecca Procter and Year 3 Apprentices Adam Whall and Jake Brand were on hand to give the students tips and advice on career paths into engineering.

The theme of this years’ Skills Fair was ‘Have a Go’ and exhibitors were encouraged to make their displays interactive.

ENGIE Fabricom held a competition where students competed against each other to see who could dress themselves in overalls, welding gloves and a welding mask the fastest.  The winner was rewarded with a box of chocolates.

Nippon Gohsei temporary flare installation

By | Services and Capabilities

Nippon Gohsei (NGUK) contacted ENGIE Fabricom in September 2017 to investigate the possibility of installing a temporary flare at their site within the Saltend Chemical Park, Hull.

The off gas from the NGUK plant is normally vented through the neighbouring INOES plant’s flare but due to a period of essential maintenance this would not be available in June/July 2018 for a period of approx. 12+ days, this coupled with the shutdown and start up time would have equated to a 22+ days lost production.

The project was implemented in 3 stages, a feasibility study was carried out to identify the issues, design requirements and provide a +/-25% total installed cost estimate. The next stage was to carry out the detailed design and issue a proposal for the fabrication and installation. The final stage included procurement, fabrication, installation and commissioning.

The temporary flare system was successfully installed and commissioned for the target date of the 22nd June 2018, this is currently in operation and is due to run until the 14th July 2018. The NGUK off gas will be diverted back to the INEOS flare on completion of the maintenance and the pipework, flare and ancillary items will be removed.

This project has involved all departments of the business and has demonstrated to both NGUK and INEOS our full end to end engineering capability and our ability to deliver a project in a tight timescale.

We received the following feedback from Jon Ross, NGUK Deputy Engineering Manager:

I want to pass on my personal thanks, along with those from Nippon Gohsei for the way in which ENGIE Fabricom has managed and delivered the design and construction phases of the temporary flare project.

This project would not have been a success without ENGIE Fabricom, Nippon and INEOS working closely to achieve the work scope with the timescales that we had, much of this is a result of the way in which ENGIE Fabricom approached the project as if they were part of the internal teams here.  Right from the start of the project with the feasibility study, through the detailed design phase, chairing the HAZOP and into construction and commissioning ENGIE Fabricom always offered up solutions to problems rather than coming back with questions.  

From Nippon’s point of view, we just need to get through the remaining two weeks of operation of the temporary flare and have a successful demolition phase and this project will have achieved everything that it set out to do.”

 Mark Wingate, ENGIE Fabricom’s EPC / EPCm Director commented:

“I would like to express the Company’s appreciation to all those involved in this project and their contribution in delivering a successful outcome.

The project, at various stages, has involved our engineering, procurement, manufacturing and construction teams demonstrating to the client our capability to deliver these attributes across the project lifecycle to demanding deadlines.

Following the completion of the project, Richard Webster, ENGIE Fabricom’s CEO for the UK and myself have met with the NGUK site directors, they also expressed their appreciation regarding the execution and collaborative approach adopted by both parties and would look forward to similar opportunities in the future.

Once again many thanks for all your efforts in achieving this success.”

Hohe See 2018

By | News

ENGIE Fabricom, Belgium has rolled out the substation topside being built for the Hohe See offshore wind farm at the company’s yard in Hoboken, Belgium. ENGIE Fabricom’s scope included the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of the offshore substation. The commissioning of the wind farm is planned for the third quarter of 2019.

Alan Chapman retires after 30 years’ service

By | Corporate News

Craig Welford, Managing Director at ENGIE Fabricom presented Alan Chapman, Area Manager at Stokesley with his farewell gifts at his retirement presentation on Friday 29th June 2018.

Alan has been with the Company for over 30 years, providing support on various projects from maintenance services and major projects through to helping to develop our offshore wind services and supporting the setting up of RDR (Resource Direct Recruitment Limited).

Alan will be sadly missed by all his work colleagues, the friends he has made during his career as well as by the Company.

Craig Welford commented: “It’s a day of mixed emotions, we are happy that Alan is retiring but sad to see him go.  Alan has been a key member of our team for so long it will be impossible fill the gap he leaves.  Alan supported the North East business in his own and unique style which struck accord with almost everyone he dealt with.  The team and I wish him all the best wishes for the future.”

L to R: Alan Chapman receiving his retirement gifts from Craig Welford

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