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TECHNICA SELECTED TO PROVIDE GAS ANALYSIS TRAINING FACILITY FOR NATIONAL GRID 150 150 Technica Ltd

TECHNICA SELECTED TO PROVIDE GAS ANALYSIS TRAINING FACILITY FOR NATIONAL GRID

Technica are pleased to announce the award of a contract to provide a gas analysis training facility for National Grid.

The project which will be delivered throughout late 2019 will see Technica recover two kiosks installed as part of the Enhanced Gas Measurement Project (EGMP) in 2012 at Theddlethorpe Terminal. Having been de-commissioned for a lengthy period, the project will see Technica recover the equipment before overhauling the analysers and then making the necessary modifications to the equipment kiosks prior to installation at the National Grid Training Academy in Eakring.

Speaking of the contract win, Director of Business Development, Richard Law commented “Having overseen the installation of this equipment in 2012 under a previous employer, I am very excited to have the opportunity to breath a new lease of life into the equipment and ensure that it is made available to train the next generation of technicians for National Grid”. He continued “The award of this project is significant to us as it is a further demonstration of the confidence which the UK energy sector is starting to have in Technica and our ability to support analysis equipment such as this”.

Technica will deliver over 14 gas analysis systems for several clients over the next year. This includes installations at brownfield sites, the provision of new systems for existing sites and the upgrade or modification of existing analysis systems.

Over the past several years, Technica has demonstrated an ability to deliver complex EC&I and mechanical design, build and installation projects on behalf of the largest gas infrastructure companies in the UK.

Our areas of expertise include fiscal and non-fiscal metering, compressor control, Fire & Gas and RTU as well as being able to undertake a range of activities including EPC, EPCM, FEED, Design, Build, Installation and Commissioning. For further details, please see our website new.technicaltd.com.

TECHNICA ACHIEVES TOP MARKS IN ACHILLES UVDB VERIFY AUDIT 150 150 Technica Ltd

TECHNICA ACHIEVES TOP MARKS IN ACHILLES UVDB VERIFY AUDIT

Technica is thrilled to have passed their annual Achilles Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB) Verify Audit with flying colours, scoring 100% across all eight categories of the assessment, improving their year-on-year score by 3%.

Achilles UVDB Verify is an independent audit of an organisation providing works or services to the utilities sector. The categories covered in the audit consist of Health and Safety, Environmental, Quality and Corporate Social Responsibility and are considered separately for both office and site based works.

Throughout the course of the 2-day audit zero non-conformances were identified. Only positive elements -particularly around the use of site work instructions and the company’s commitment to monitoring and improving their carbon footprint – were of note to the auditor.

Technica’s membership of the UVDB community provides their clients within the National Gas Transmission Network with the assurance and verification that procedures, operations and capabilities meet the highest possible standards. The results of this latest audit further strengthen Technica’s position as a partner of choice to these customers.

Technica’s Operations Director, Robert Gallivan, commented, “Management Systems can only achieve this level of conformity when they are being challenged continually by the business; this excellent result is a reflection of the buy in from all our staff to working with, and constantly challenging, our internal processes.”

Technica provides multidiscipline engineering design, project management and installation works, with areas of expertise covering EPC, EPCM, FEED, design, build, installation and commissioning. For further details, please see our website new.technicaltd.com.

TECHNICA COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL FACTORY ACCEPTANCE TEST AND ENHANCES RELATIONSHIP WITH SGN 150 150 Technica Ltd

TECHNICA COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL FACTORY ACCEPTANCE TEST AND ENHANCES RELATIONSHIP WITH SGN

Following an initial contract award in late 2018, Technica was pleased to successfully complete the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) of the first of two Flow Weighted Average Calorific Value (FWACV) sites which will be delivered for SGN. The FAT marks the culmination of the design and build stage of this project and represents the first of twelve, which will be delivered using the Emerson 370XA Chromatograph for SGN and other clients over the next 12 months.

Business Development Director, Richard Law, commented that, “The ahead-of-programme delivery of the first FWACV metering system using the Emerson 370XA chromatograph for SGN demonstrates our ability to successfully deliver this cost effective and widely accepted solution to UK gas network operators.”

Due to the successful performance on this first FAT and on other projects, Technica has continued to enhance their relationship with SGN and will be working alongside Process, Mechanical and Civil Engineering experts, Saith (www.saithlimited.com), to deliver further EC&I design support over the coming months.

SGN is one of the largest gas network operators within the UK, providing gas to over 5.9 million homes and businesses across Scotland and the south of England. For more information please see their website www.sgn.co.uk.

For over 15 years, Technica has developed the capability to design and deliver complex Electrical, Control, Instrumentation, Mechanical and Process engineering solutions. They specialise in Fiscal and Non Fiscal metering, RTU, Fire and Gas, SCADA and industrial automation and control. Technica is also able to provide EPC, EPCM and consultancy services to clients and has extensive experience in the successful delivery of CDM projects as both Principal Designer and Principal Contractor.

TECHNICA SIGNS AGREEMENTS WITH FLORIDA-BASED WIND ENERGY COMPANY BE-WIND 150 150 Technica Ltd

TECHNICA SIGNS AGREEMENTS WITH FLORIDA-BASED WIND ENERGY COMPANY BE-WIND

Technica are delighted to sign an assembly and distribution agreement with Florida based wind energy experts, Be-Wind LLC. This follows many months of contractual discussions and the development of capability understanding between all parties.

Commencing immediately, the agreement is the first of this type to be issued by Be-Wind within the UK and Europe and will see Technica entering the renewable energy sector trading under the name ‘Technica Energy’.

Technica now have the rights to assemble and distribute the Be-Wind turbines to an exclusive sector of the UK, with specific focus on the micro-commercial onshore power generation market as well as providing assembly and business development support to the Be-Wind operations throughout the remainder of the UK and EU as required.

Paul Clarke, technical lead for wind turbines at Technica Energy stated “The significant factors attracting us to Be-Wind turbines is their developments in terms of an increased generation window from low wind speed to near hurricane conditions coupled with innovative use of composite materials and a lengthy warranty period”. He continued “Attractive commercial terms with Be-Wind turbines mean that we can offer potential energy investors viable projects with short return on investment periods”.

Director of Business Development at Technica, Richard Law commented “We are delighted to conclude negotiations with Be-Wind in a successful manner and can now push on to close some of the opportunities which we have already identified”. He concluded “Our aim is to complete a flagship project within 12 months at which point we believe the economic benefits will be clear to other potential investors”

Michael Berdan, the CEO of Be-Wind LLC, has developed an efficient and unique dual axis range of small wind turbines. John Archer Business Development Manager for Be-Wind commented, “Be-Wind will play a role in the micro-generation energy mix, required to help the UK reach the goal of net zero emissions, in urban and rural locations. With the foresight of Technica Energy and their proposed uses of the turbines, Be-Wind is eager to address the opportunities ahead.”

The small footprint and novel design of the turbines means that they are ideally placed for locations where larger wind turbines would either be unsightly or impractical. Technica are already in discussion with the local authorities of coastal regions and believe that these turbines can become a common feature in the UK attempt to become carbon neutral. Other potential sites include augmenting power generation at solar farms.

The unique patented concept of the Be-Wind range of turbines incorporate a deflector shield. This blocks air flow that would otherwise cause resistance to the vertical blades, while ensuring the turbine is automatically aligned to the wind, to operate safely in all wind conditions.

The shield directs wind on to two self-starting turbine blades that rotate in opposite directions. This balances the system, reducing noise and vibration, whilst increasing torque and hence power generation performance.

The deflector shield can also be used for marketing purposes and is particularly effective when lit up at night.

Lightweight, durable composite materials make the turbines ideal for roof top or low height pole mounting for urban and rural applications. Virtually maintenance free, Be-Wind is confident to offer a ten-year warranty on the turbine.

Individually or in an array, the unobtrusive Be-Wind turbines deliver a realistic return on investment. The installation of numerous turbines around the world, demonstrates the effectiveness of this new wind technology. Further information is available at www.Be-Wind.com

John Davison, Managing Director of Technica announced that “This agreement is an exciting milestone for Technica and Be-Wind as we look to bring our project delivery expertise into partnership with the innovative products of Be-Wind”. He continued “I am pleased with the team for pulling together this agreement which will allow Technica to pursue avenues and opportunities in the sustainable energy sector”.

For over 15 years, Technica has developed a capability to design and deliver complex Electrical, Control, Instrumentation, Mechanical and Process engineering solutions. Having supported a number of UK and International clients with industrial automation, mechanical and infrastructure projects across the oil, gas, petrochemical and industrial process sectors, Technica will add the additional business stream of Technica Energy to its portfolio.

We have significant experience in providing EPC, EPCM and consultancy services to our clients and have successfully delivered CDM projects as both Principal Designer and Principal Contractor.

Technica Assist Centrica Storage Limited with the production of functional safety compliance policies 150 150 Technica Ltd

Technica Assist Centrica Storage Limited with the production of functional safety compliance policies

Technica has been working closely with Centrica Storage Limited (CSL) to produce a suite of standards, strategies and policy documents to aid compliance with the functional safety lifecycle requirements of IEC-61511:2016 ‘Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector’.

Technica has also developed subsequent complimentary standards which have been endorsed and published by CSL for their lifecycle activities. The Technica policies for proof testing, failure reporting and demand tracking of Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) have also been endorsed and published by CSL.

The documents identify roles and responsibilities for functional safety within CSL, detailing the requirements for competency and the competency levels required for each role. To supplement and help demonstrate existing competencies within CSL staff, Technica have provided functional safety training and training assessment tailored to the CSL functional safety management standards.

To ensure compliance with the standards and policies, Technica provided verification of CSL’s identified SIL (Safety Integrity Level) rated safety instrumented functions using the ABB IEC-61511 compliant software tool ‘TRAC’ (Trip Requirement and Availability Calculator). Where gaps in risk reduction and or SIF architecture were identified, Technica have suggested remedial actions to achieve compliance with IEC-61511:2016 and CSL’s Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) SIL targets.

Geoff Cole, S,C&I Technical Authority for Centrica Storage Limited, commented that “the strategy document provided by Technica now underpins the CSL policy document and details functional safety management activities including planning, competency, selection, safety requirements specification, design, verification, safety instrumented system (SIS) implementation, and functional safety assessments (FSA) of SIS”. Geoff further reported that “the strategy that they have produced will now apply to all safety lifecycle phases from concept through to decommissioning of a SIS”.

Paul Brimble, S,C&I Engineer for Centrica Storage Limited, added “Technica completed the work to an excellent standard and with impressive professionalism”.

Technical Director of Technica, Andy Hawkins stated “we have a very good relationship with CSL and are very pleased to have been able to support them with their overall implementation and verification of IEC-61511:2016 and the production of their wider policies and strategy.”

Technica have the in-house capability to undertake all aspects of safety engineering using TÜV certified C&I and Software Engineers. We are ideally placed on the Humber Energy Estuary and in the North West of the UK, to support both local and national clients with the safe and successful execution of Electrical, C&I and Mechanical projects. For further information please view our website.

TECHNICA PROVIDES TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO PALM PAPER 150 150 Technica Ltd

TECHNICA PROVIDES TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO PALM PAPER

Technica is continuing to build its strategic relationships across many different industry sectors including gas, petrochemicals and industrial automation and control.

Spanning two of these sectors, Palm Paper in Kings Lynn have chosen Technica to provide assistance in resolving existing software issues and then subsequently modify a PLC control system on their newly installed CHP system.

This is the second of two contracts from Palm Paper, the first being to provide urgent assistance to undertake an inspection of their cathodic protection system prior to Christmas last year. Earlier in the year, Technica also provided technical consultancy regarding aspects of their natural gas pipeline.

Director of Business Development at Technica, Richard Law stated “being agile, responsive and attentive to our client has enabled us to develop this excellent relationship with Palm Paper and I am proud of the way in which our engineers have responded”. He continued “this contract award demonstrates the many aspects of our capability which includes multi-disciplinary design, build, commissioning and the provision of maintenance services”.

Palm Paper commented “Technica have consistently provided timely, professional, accessible and cost effective engineering support to Palm Paper. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with their team”

Palm Paper is one of the leading companies in the European paper industry. The Palm Group is divided into Papierfabrik Palm with five paper mills for the manufacture of paper and Palm Packaging Group with 26 plants for the manufacture of corrugated board.

The third pillar of their operations, which encompasses the purchasing of raw materials for all of their papers and corrugated boards made from 100% recycled paper, are joined under the umbrella of Palm Recycling.

Palm Paper in Kings Lynn is the most powerful newsprint machine in the world. At a speed of nearly 2,000m/min it has the capacity to produce 400,000 metric tonnes of newsprint per annum.

The Palm Paper company name stands for exceptional product quality, innovative development of production and processes, close customer relationships and reliable customer care and service. For further information, please see https://www.palm.de/en/palm/.

Over the past several years, Technica has demonstrated an ability to deliver complex EC&I and mechanical design, build and installation projects on behalf of the largest infrastructure companies in the UK.

Our areas of expertise include fiscal and non-fiscal metering, compressor control, Fire & Gas, RTU, automation & control systems as well as being able to undertake a range of activities including EPC, EPCM, FEED, Design, Build, Installation and Commissioning. For further details, please see our website new.technicaltd.com.

TECHNICA SELECTED TO PROVIDE FURTHER METERING SOLUTION TO SGN 150 150 Technica Ltd

TECHNICA SELECTED TO PROVIDE FURTHER METERING SOLUTION TO SGN

Following an initial contract award before Christmas, Technica are delighted to have been selected by SGN to support a further metering upgrade for one of their Flow Weighted Average Calorific Value (FWACV) sites in the south of the UK. As before, the contract award will see Technica provide detailed design, build and commissioning support for the metering rack and gas analysis kiosk using the Emerson 370XA Chromatograph.

Managing Director of Technica, John Davison said “SGN are an important client to Technica and we are proud to announce their decision to partner Technica to deliver this key piece of work”. He continued, “Our recruitment of key individuals into the business over the past 12 months has provided us with the expertise and capability to support SGN and the other networks with metering upgrades and replacements such as this”.

Business Development Director, Richard Law commented that “The delivery of FWACV metering systems using the Emerson 370XA chromatograph demonstrates continued market recognition of the traditional method of gas analysis and our ability to perform upgrades such as this”.

SGN is one of the largest gas network operators within the UK. It provides gas to over 5.9 million homes and businesses across Scotland and the south of England. For more information please see their website www.sgn.co.uk.

For over 15 years, Technica has developed the capability to design and deliver complex Electrical, Control, Instrumentation, Mechanical and Process engineering solutions. They specialise in Fiscal and Non Fiscal metering, RTU, Fire and Gas, SCADA and industrial automation and control. They are also able to provide EPC, EPCM and consultancy services to clients and have extensive experience in the successful delivery of CDM projects as both Principal Designer and Principal Contractor.

Technica Achieves Operational Acceptance at Peterborough Compressor Station 800 450 Technica Ltd

Technica Achieves Operational Acceptance at Peterborough Compressor Station

Having successfully delivered the Fire and Gas upgrade project at Huntingdon Compressor Station in 2017, Technica were awarded a project to undertake a similar scope of works at Peterborough Compressor Station.

Technica are pleased to announce an end to the site works at Peterborough having successfully achieved operational acceptance of the project within the original outage window. Technica assumed the role of Principal Designer and Contractor under the 2015 CDM regulations, completing conceptual and detailed design, build, install and commissioning the system.

During the previous works at Huntingdon, Technica were awarded with a safety commendation from Ian Cartwright, Head of Capital Delivery at National Grid. Having leveraged their learning from Huntingdon to the Peterborough site, Technica completed the on-site works without injury and were recognised with a further award for the best overall process safety performance.

Managing Director and Owner of Technica, John Davison commented that “We are very proud of our successful completion of this second significant project for National Grid Capital Delivery within two years”. He further stated “Technica has again, demonstrated our ability to deliver complex EC&I and civil CDM projects within tight timescales”.

Project Manager, Andy Smith who has overseen the successful delivery of this project commented that “I am very pleased with the performance of our team on this complex project. They have demonstrated our ability to safely and effectively deliver large CDM projects, including significant emerging works in the form of managing a programme of asbestos abatement to facilitate the installation of cable and equipment within the station building and surrounding areas”.

For over 15 years, Technica has developed a capability to design and deliver complex Electrical, Control, Instrumentation, Mechanical and Process engineering solutions. We are specialists in RTU, Fire and Gas, Fiscal and Non Fiscal metering, SCADA and industrial automation and control. We are also able to provide EPC, EPCM and consultancy services to our clients and have extensive experience in the successful delivery of CDM projects as both Principal Designer and Principal Contractor.

Tim Ridge Joins Technica 351 197 Technica Ltd

Tim Ridge Joins Technica

Technica are very pleased to announce the appointment of one of the UK’s leading gas analysis engineers to their team.

Tim Ridge joins Technica as Senior EC&I Engineer, having spent over 20 years working for one of our competitors in roles including site based Installation Technician, Commissioning Engineer, EC&I Engineer and Service Manager. Tim is a G17/35 Electrical approver and appraiser, is experienced in the provision of training and has been responsible for the mentoring and development of junior engineers over a career spanning 35 years.

Tim’s appointment will see him provided technical design support to our existing portfolio of projects as well as supporting our business development efforts in the areas of gas chromatography.

Managing Director of Technica, John Davison said “I am delighted to have secured the services of an individual such as Tim. He strengthens an already capable team at Technica and provides expertise in a growing part of our business”.

Commenting on this appointment, Richard Law, director of business development and former colleague of Tim Ridge stated “I am excited to be re-united with Tim and have the opportunity to work with him again. His industry expertise and knowledge will significantly add to the strength of Technica”.

Tim Ridge said “Having initially made contact with Technica earlier in the summer, I was impressed by their vision and plans for the future. Making the decision to join them, to link up with former colleagues and help new ones achieve these goals is very exciting”.

Technica has an excellent track record of delivering complex EC&I and mechanical projects on time, on budget and safely. Our areas of expertise include fiscal and non-fiscal metering, compressor control, Fire & Gas and RTU as well as being able to undertake a range of activities including EPC, EPCM, FEED, Design, Build, Installation and Commissioning. For further details, please see our website new.technicaltd.com.

Technica Apprentice Scoops Award 351 197 Technica Ltd

Technica Apprentice Scoops Award

Technica Apprentice, Max Morgan was pleased to complete 2018 on a high note.

Max, a student at HETA, was recognised for being the ‘Most Improved Multi-Skilled Apprentice of 2017/2018’ from amongst his peer group of 25 other local apprentices.

The award is a reflection of his overall performance across several engineering disciplines including electrical, mechanical and computer aided design and is testament to his mentors both at HETA and within Technica.

Commenting on his award, Max stated “I am happy that my work has been recognised by HETA.  I believe that my progress has been good this year and that I am able to focus on the speed and quality of my engineering skills”.

Managing Director of Technica, John Davison commented “Having been an apprentice myself, I am pleased that HETA and other training establishments are still providing excellent and meaningful training for our young engineers.  The region offers good employment opportunities for apprentices with the right approach and I am very pleased that Max has been recognised in this way”.

Since incorporation, Technica has employed local apprentices and offers a progressive and varied career path within the automation and control industries.  Technica is represented in the construction, petrochemical, oil and gas sectors and provides multi-disciplinary engineering design and construction services.

HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association) was founded in 1967 and is renowned as the leading engineering training organisation within the area.  They are specialists in the provision of multi-disciplinary engineering training to young people looking to join the engineering industry. For more information please see https://www.heta.co.uk