If your project has any software element then Technica has it covered. We have experience with all major (and many minor) system providers whether PLC, SCADA, HMI or DCS we can determine the most appropriate solution for your needs.

We can upgrade or integrate with your current site systems or specify, supply and configure your new build system. Recent projects have included telemetry systems for the UK gas networks, compressor station MCC upgrades, emergency shutdown system and control system for a renewable fuel import terminal and emergency shutdown, control and metering systems for a gas import facility.

As with our design team we also have software engineers certified as TÜV Functional Safety Engineers, ensuring competent personnel are involved at all stages of your Emergency Shutdown system development.

Whilst our software engineers do get excited about coding function blocks and playing with real numbers and integers they also understand that what you need at the end is a simple and robust system designed to maximise your plant availability and an easy to use interface for your operators.

With our training and site specific user manuals we ensure you are well equipped to operate the plant at project completion and operational handover.

When we arrive at your site, our software engineers and technicians, who will have all been in attendance at the FAT of your control panel, will ensure your system is commissioned to the highest standards.

IRFT Project


Local engineering firm works on world’s largest biomass handling facility

Grimsby-based engineering design firm, Technica, has provided functional safety design and instrumentation design and emergency shutdown for the Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal (IRFT), the world’s largest dedicated biomass handling facility.

The prestigious renewable fuel handling project also saw Technica, on behalf of client Associated British Ports (ABP), deliver the design, manufacture, configuration and site commissioning of the emergency shutdown and terminal control systems.

Explains John Davison, Managing Director at Technica: “The IRFT facility uses ABP’s bespoke continuous ship unloaders to offload wood pellets from vessels on to a conveyor system which moves the pellets through the facility into one of four storage silos, each capable of holding 25,000 tonnes of biomass, and onward to a train loading facility. The biomass is then loaded onto trains for transport to Drax power station.”

Continues John: “ABP, via principal contractor Graham Construction commissioned us to provide a range of design and engineering services for the facility including detailed design and equipment specification, third party interfaces such as HV and LV drives, as well as control and instrumentation and support with commissioning the facility and detailed training for operatives.

“In addition, we were asked to contribute to the various multidiscipline and vendor design reviews such as HAZOP, a hazard and operability study and LoPA, a risk assessment method used to determine and demonstrate the ability of existing and proposed safeguards.

“We were also responsible for functional safety at the facility, a task that saw us carry out extensive safety requirement specification and safety integrity level calculations. As part of this, we designed, built and implemented software configuration for the site’s integral emergency shutdown and terminal control systems.”

Mark Hennessy, Deputy Engineering Manager at ABP, added: “At every stage of the project, Technica displayed the commitment, knowledge and detailed planning we required to get the work done on time and to a high standard. I was highly impressed with the professionalism the team demonstrated throughout.”

Concludes John: “As a result of the successful completion of the IRFT project, we were selected to provide the same services and emergency shutdown and terminal control systems for an expansion of ABP’s facility to incorporate a further four storage silos and a second rail load out facility.”