Benefit of a multi-disciplinary approach

Work on the site saw Hertel drew on multi-disciplinary skills to deliver a fully integrated package for Linde. Michael Ruffert, Hertel’s Project Manager, says: “We were able to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for the project as we could draw upon a range of skills within the business. This dramatically reduced the number of suppliers Linde had to work with as Hertel was responsible for the co-ordination of a number of different elements of the project.”

At Risavika, Hertel was involved in prefabrication, construction, painting, flushing and drying, internal installations of equipment, scaffolding, insulation, fire protection and warehousing for the entire construction site. In addition, it was responsible for project management, quality control and ensuring documentation and safety requirements were met. 

Drawing on experience

Dr Erich Ettlinger, Senior Project Manager at Linde, adds: ”The decision to appoint Hertel for this project was based upon our previous experience of working with them and knowing they could perform to a high technical standard.”

The management team had a great deal of experience of working on similar large projects in the past and a project team was based permanently on site in Norway. They were able to utilise Hertel’s multi-disciplinary network, as well as their knowledge of the processes that needed to take place, to enlist technical expertise from across Europe.

Cross border collaboration

A specialist team from Hertel Lithuania was brought in to work on insulation as they had experience of working in LNG plants in very cold environments. This cross-border working was co-ordinated internally at Hertel to ensure delivery to time and budget. 

These specialists installed both cold and heat insulation to pipes of different thicknesses and materials, and a fireproof coating was also applied to several pieces of equipment. Scaffolding was erected by Hertel to provide a safe working environment, before the insulation team set to work.

Hertel co-ordinated employee movement to ensure there was always sufficient expertise on site. Norwegian law stated that no employee could work more than a maximum of 46 hours a week on average. To ensure work progressed as quickly as possible, Hertel staff worked three weeks on, one week off on a rotation basis.

3D Pipelines

Hertel was able to make use of expertise off-site to ensure extremely high-quality products were supplied. Materials were delivered to the prefabrication workshop in Leipzig along with a 3D isometric drawing of the entire pipe system. Smaller plans of each section of pipe were then produced digitally, before X-ray welding and coating took place in the extremely controlled environment of the workshop. This process ensured documentation was efficiently managed and that the pipe spools and material codes were kept in sequence. 

Specialist expertise and project management

At its peak, up to 180 committed, highly motivated and well-skilled employees worked on the project to ensure its high quality implementation. Drawing on Hertel’s ability to bring in a range of expertise and skills efficiently, the project was completed within budget. All key turnover dates were met, ready for commissioning that started in May 2010.