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

By July 23, 2018September 6th, 2019No Comments
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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.

Interconnector’s 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, Grimsby 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


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