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ENGIE Fabricom attend North East Lincolnshire Skills Fair 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

ENGIE Fabricom attends The World’s Largest Dedicated Offshore Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition in 2018

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ENGIE Fabricom attended the Renewables UK Global Offshore Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition, the world’s largest dedicated Offshore Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition, on the 19th and 20th of June at Manchester Central.

We were very excited to represent the ENGIE Fabricom brand and were extremely busy throughout the 2 days, holding client meetings on our stand and liaising with customers and suppliers. It was a brilliant opportunity to have a chat with fellow thought leaders and strengthen our relationships.

Our stand comprised of people from divisions all over the UK and Europe.

The event received fantastic numbers with over 2000 delegates, and 150 companies showcasing their latest cutting-edge technology from 50 different countries.

Congratulations to Ben Willis from Typhoon International Group Ltd for winning the stand draw at Global Offshore Wind! Special thanks also to Mark O`Reilly from the Team Humber Marine Alliance for helping with the draw.

ENGIE Fabricom team expands in North East Stokesley base grows following recent project successes

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ENGIE Fabricom’s Engineering and Project office at Stokesley, North Yorkshire has seen significant growth following recent project wins, with new recruits bolstering the engineering and design team to office capacity.

Andrew Harris, Engineering Manager at Stokesley, said:  “With significant client interest in a local comprehensive engineering service and many recent project successes, this has given us the ability to grow the team at Stokesley, allowing us to offer a complete multidiscipline engineering service locally.”

Since re-locating to new offices in 2016, ENGIE Fabricom has invested significantly in the North East region and has seen continued development of the office, allowing it to expand to support the needs of its’ local, UK and international based clients.

Andrew Stephens, Business Development Manager, commented:  “The growth of our engineering and design team in Stokesley is testament to the commitment and focus of the ENGIE Fabricom business to invest and support our clients’ needs in the North East area. Combining our multidisciplinary engineering expertise with our proven construction management, fabrication and construction capability allows us to offer a complete EPC service across several market sectors.”

ENGIE Fabricom has a 250-strong engineering and design team working within several market sectors including Oil, Gas, Power, Chemical, Energy from Waste and Renewables.  The Stokesley office is one of three UK engineering offices, with the others based in Grimsby and Newcastle.

ENGIE Fabricom, part of the global group ENGIE, is uniquely positioned within the engineering, procurement and construction market to provide end to end solutions to our clients.  This is achieved by combining high level engineering skills with a wealth of construction expertise and capability across all UK industry sectors including Oil, Gas, Power, Chemical, Energy From Waste and Renewables.

We are one of the leading multidiscipline engineering, project management and construction organisations in the UK. We have skilled technicians, engineers and managers.  We can also offer high levels of safety performance and a track record of delivery.  Our success is largely down to the professionalism of the people we employ.  Our employee retention levels are very high. This is largely down to the support, training and development we offer our staff.

Through our values and the quality of our skilled workforce we continue to build on our reputation for providing the best solutions for our clients to achieve their objectives without sacrificing our key principles of quality and safety.

ENGIE Fabricom welcomes Paul Carvill as Operations and Development Director

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We are extremely excited to announce that Paul Carvill has joined the company as Operations and Development Director. Paul will join the Senior Management Team and be responsible for:

  • Developing and securing all Tier 1 opportunities.
  • Coordination of the various business improvement initiatives across the company
  • Assist in the review and further implementation of the strategy

Richard Webster comments: “I am extremely pleased in finally securing Paul into the business, we had identified him as a potential asset to the team many months ago. Paul’s addition will significantly strengthen the management competancies at this exciting stage in the Company’s development.”

Starting his career on the tools as an Apprentice Mechanical Fitter, Paul now has over twenty-five years’ experience in highly regulated industries including nuclear, power, chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and oil and gas providing a range of services from full EPC through to singular offerings such as construction, manufacturing and fabrication.

Over the last ten years Paul has held senior leadership roles in both Business Development and Operations and he firmly believes that to be a truly successful business then the two must work hand in hand.

Paul is a keen cyclist, previously racing at a competitive level but now prefers just keeping fit and perhaps the odd crazy challenge!

Paul comments: “I am looking forward to joining the team at ENGIE Fabricom and playing a part in developing a strong and sustainable business for the future.”

Andrew Mitchell takes on role as the ECITB Regional Chair for Yorkshire and Humberside

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2018 looks to be a busy year for Andrew Mitchell, Strategic Development Director as well as his day job as part of ENGIE Fabricom’s Senior Management Team, he has recently been appointed Regional Chairman for the ECITB (Engineering, Construction Industry Training Board).

Andrew also represents ENGIE Fabricom as a Board Director of CATCH, a Council Member of the ECIA (Engineering, Construction Industry Association), and as our nominated representative with the EIC (Energy Industries Council).

The ECITB is the statutory skills body for the engineering construction industry in Great Britain. It works closely with employers and the Government to attract develop and qualify engineering construction personnel in a wide range of craft, technical and professional skills and disciplines.

The Regional Chair role involves supporting the work of the ECITB within the region, and helping shape the skills agenda for the wider industry.

Andrew commented: “It is a real honour to gain this appointment and having started my career as an ECITB apprentice I am very passionate about training for the future of our industry. The continued success and growth of our organisation will not happen without training and development of our people. This appointment will also greatly aid my day job providing the opportunity to further develop relationships with key stakeholders, clients and competitors.”

Chris Claydon, Chief Executive of the ECITB, said: “We are delighted to have Andrew on board serving Yorkshire and Humberside as our Regional Chairman. As an industry-led body, it is very important to have this industry expertise as well as input from client and contractor companies across the regions.

“The new Regional Chairs are each well placed to contribute regional and local business understanding, knowledge and relationships, to assist the ECITB in our work supporting industry and the skills agenda for the engineering construction industry.”

Richard Webster to become new CEO for ENGIE Fabricom UK

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Following a highly successful interim assignment as Chief Executive Officer with ENGIE Fabricom (part of the global energy group ENGIE), Mr Wichard Huigen is moving on to new ventures in continental Europe.

ENGIE Fabricom, a multidiscipline engineering consultancy and construction company, based on the Europarc, Grimsby provides comprehensive engineering design and project management services including EPC/EPCm style delivery to the Oil, Gas, Power, Chemical, Energy from Waste and Renewables industries.

During his tenure Wichard has seen a near tripling of the turnover, a return to healthy profitability, and a strong order book. Wichard’s role will be replaced by Richard Webster who has held a number of senior roles and is currently their Chief Operations Officer.

Richard comments:  “I am passionate about the Company and its people and I want to reinforce the cultural change and growth Wichard has achieved in his short time in the UK.  I also want to ensure that all our people aim for operational excellence, abiding by our core values and ensure our clients view us as their Partner of Choice.”

Wichard added:  “Yes it has been a pleasure serving the ENGIE Fabricom organisation for the last year and a half.  As a team we have taken the next steps in our evolution and established a unique position between the large engineering companies and the focused construction management companies in the UK.  I am really proud of the team that achieved a great output in 2017, supporting other ENGIE entities abroad as well (e.g. our team in Alberta, Canada).

“Personally, I have enjoyed the UK.  I have learned a lot from the British, like their polite style and humour and yes, enjoyed the food! Having worked closely with Richard on a daily basis I am convinced Richard Webster is the right man to take ENGIE Fabricom UK to future growth.  He has the experience, the support from the team and the drive to do so and he is the logical successor. I wish Richard and his team the best of luck.”

3D Scanning to Fabrication

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ENGIE Fabricom recently carried out a major project to extend an existing steel platform. The platform was to support two new vessels with associated pipework and steelwork.

Due to the congested nature and height of various areas surrounding the proposed project, the decision was made to carry out a 3D laser scan. The scan was carried out in house by members of both our structural and piping teams, to ensure the project was covered from both of the discipline requirements.

Once the scan was completed, models were created and built for each discipline. The structural team use Advance Steel software and the piping team Plant 3D software, both by Autodesk.

The project models were then cross referenced within each other to show a live project.

After full checks were carried out, the models were sent to the client for input and approval, the data was then extracted from the respective models to allow fabrication.

The coloured cloud point data

The overlay of photographs on top of the cloud data

Structural steel super imposed within Point Cloud

Completed-project

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