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ENGIE Fabricom answers The Big Question on reducing our environmental impact

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Strategic Development Director, Andrew Mitchell, was recently approached by Energy Focus to discuss how energy companies are adapting to a lower carbon world.  His viewpoint below was featured as part of The Big Question in the summer edition of the publication.

‘Global warming and climate change have left us with no alternative but to rethink the energy landscape.  The urgent need to reduce environmental impact means implementing a more decarbonised, decentralised and energy-efficient system to support the global demand.

In response to this demand for change, ENGIE is accelerating its own transformation to lead the energy transition.  The group is focusing efforts on energy efficiency, renewables, digital technology and new business which, for UK subsidiary ENGIE Fabricom, is providing an opportunity for growth.

ENGIE Fabricom is supporting its clients in operating and maintaining their offshore wind assets, providing end-to-end solutions in the energy-from-waste sector, and assisting in decommissioning clients’ existing oil and gas assets.

ENGIE Fabricom’s strategy is to deliver end-to-end solutions to our clients, and the changing environment we live in today is providing the perfect platform to achieve this goal.’

Insight into: Substation Electrical Operations

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Insight into: Renewables Offshore – Substation Electrical Operations

ENGIE Fabricom has maximised international links within the wider ENGIE Group to form strong partnerships with specialist divisions within Europe.  One such relationship is with ENGIE Fabricom Belgium, where specialist teams are engaged to work in partnership to complete multi-technical operations on onshore and offshore facilities.

The specialist skills held by these teams ensure a seamless transition from onshore works through to the final offshore installation of a project.

Work is carried out throughout the UK for various clients, and predominantly involves the full range of works on electrical systems, from design, fabrication and installation, through to commissioning and final handover to the client. Project teams are mobilised at one of ENGIE Fabricom’s locations in the UK or Belgium to ensure full familiarisation and understanding before offshore works commence.

Project specific stages may include:Substation, Electrical, Commissioning and Handover

■ Substation design and manufacture
■ Management of all multi-technical resources
■ Provision of training, onshore support, logistics, PPE and tooling
■ Carrying out punch list items both in Belgium and through to the offshore phase
■ Recording all punch list and commissioning works for handover and traceability
■ Procurement of materials for and on behalf of the client
■ Completion of commissioning works and sign off with the client
■ Testing of LV systems

 

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Offshore Wind Turbine Grout Repair Solutions

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Insight into: Renewables: Offshore Wind

Offshore Wind Turbine Grout Repair Solutions

One of the most important technical challenges being faced by many European offshore wind farm developers first came to light in April 2010, when a design fault in grouting used to secure wind turbines to their monopiles or towers was discovered.

Due to this design fault, the grout injected during the installation of the offshore wind farms started breaking up, which caused the turbines to move on their monopile foundations.

A solution was engineered to remedy the failing structures allowing ENGIE Fabricom to successfully execute 54 Phase 1 wind turbine repairs within a single campaign. This included installation of new jacking frames, bearings, welding, NDT, painting, J-tube inspection and installation of ventilation systems and supply of all constructed components.

The offshore wind installation works completed within the grout repair project involved:

■ Full onshore and offshore setup and demobilisation
■ Confined space working of various trades
■ Development of RAMS/weld procedures/safety procedures
■ Full equipment set up and demobilisation
■ Inspection of J-Tubes and re-jacking if required
■ Installation of H-frame/jacking plates
■ Full offshore welding including NDT
■ Multi-technical installation works
■ Setup and jacking of bearings
■ Painting both within confined space and above air-tight deck to NORSOK standards
■ Punch out and hand over to the client with full documentation

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ENGIE Fabricom UK Awarded Greater Gabbard Grout Remediation Project

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SSE has awarded ENGIE Fabricom the first phase of a project to remediate grout connection subsidence between the pile and transition pieces on the Greater Gabbard Windfarm, 14 miles off the coast of Suffolk.

Initial development work will take place in the last quarter of 2016 at ENGIE Fabricom’s Middlesbrough facilities working in close collaboration with SSE to develop safe, proven and efficient working methods before mobilisation to Lowestoft for the offshore campaign.

The offshore work will be completed on a turnkey basis with ENGIE Fabricom responsible for all aspects of works including project management, vessel charter, multi-technical installation and certified handover. Offshore activities are planned to commence in Quarter two 2017 and will cover an initial 20 foundations.

ENGIE Fabricom was chosen to undertake this project from their proven experience to successfully complete very similar remediation projects which currently includes over 130 turbines in both UK and Dutch waters. This major contract further strengthens ENGIE Fabricom’s position as first choice provider for such works augmenting their operational and maintenance service provisions throughout UK and Europe in the offshore wind market.

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