Project Work in the Time of COVID-19
The COVID 19 pandemic severely limits the mobility of all people in the face of the necessary quarantines, travel restrictions and closures – including, of course, those of our experts and sales staff. However, we would like our clients to know that despite these restrictions, we continue to work hard on your projects.
Our consultants are used to intensive travel and working at several locations. They often do their work during airport stops and long flights. For this reason, it was easy for our experts to move their office workstation to the home office in order to reduce the risk of infection.
Wherever our employees work, even at our clients' premises, today's technology enables them to stay in touch with each other and with our clients – including via video conferencing. Our own international presence has been and continues to be supplemented by a worldwide and extensive network of partner companies and freelancers.
Although our mobility is limited, we continue to be active and committed to our clients. Even though there will be setbacks, we remain confident that we can make a positive contribution to our clients' projects.
Our Business Sectors
As a leading, independent engineering and consultancy enterprise active in the sectors of energy and infrastructure, we handle challenging projects in countries all over the world. Our clients profit from all-inclusive consultancy – across all areas of business.
We are happy to announce the Launch of our company Blog
As a trusted Engineering Consultancy, we have had the opportunity to contribute to some of the most innovative energy and infrastructure projects across the globe. In our company blog we will be taking the opportunity to showcase the experience and expertise of the people behind these projects. Written by our employees, the blog is a collaboration between our network of offices to provide an insight not only into the Fichtner Group, who we are and what we do, but also a place to write about topics that affect our industry, clients and business.
The increasing complexity of power systems and penetration of equipment based on power electronics pose new challenges for the stability of operation and the quality of power supply. These aspects lead to the need for in-depth power system analysis, especially for transient phenomena. With the simulation platform Fichtner SimLab with complete infrastructure (hard- and software) we support you as a neutral moderator with our technical know-how to ensure network stability and provide the necessary data security.
Two years in a row: PFI Award “Deal of the Year”
After Saudi-Arabia’s first large-scale photovoltaic project won the “PFI Power Deal of the Year − Middle East and Africa” award for 2018, its first large-scale wind power project, Dumat Al Jandal (DAJ), is set to follow by receiving the 2019 “PFI Renewable Deal of the Year − Middle East and Africa” award on 5 February 2020 (Go to PFI Awards, under “View the Roll of Honour”). Fichtner acted as technical advisor for the tendering and contract award phase of the project. We join our client in celebrating this prestigious award.
WETEX 2019 in Dubai
The trade fair for technologies and management solutions in the water, energy and environment sectors took place from 21 to 23 October 2019. We invited you to join us at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center to discuss with our experts tomorrow’s questions on intelligent and efficient power generation, such as renewable energies; hybrid power and battery storage; smart grids; power system and grid integration; the latest desalination and pre-treatment technologies; waste water treatment; asset management; or transactions.
Fichtner at Hydro 2019
The Hydro 2019 Conference & Exhibition took place in Porto, Portugal on 14-16 October 2019. The hydropower conference brought together people from some 80 countries to focus on the most relevant topics facing the sector today. The key topics of discussion included planning and finance, innovative approaches to design and construction, safety and disaster risk management, modelling, selection of robust and efficient equipment, and environmental and social issues. Our experts hold several presentations during the conference.
China’s fifth large-scale CSP project now on stream
On 19 September 2019, the Luneng Haixi 50 MW CSP Project was successfully connected to the grid. It is part of the Luneng Haixi Complementary Multi-energy Demonstration Project located in Golmud, China. The Project also includes 400 MW of wind power, 200 MW of photovoltaic and 50 MW of energy storage. The plant is composed of a solar tower with a height of 188 m, 4,400 heliostats and 12 hours of molten salt storage. Fichtner was involved as owner’s engineer. Congratulations to our client, Luneng, on this great achievement!
Tunisia first solar park
Tunisia announces the grid-connection of the 10 MW facility in the south of the country. Fichtner is proud of having supported the state-owned utility Société Tunisienne de l'Electricité et du Gaz (STEG). The project was financed by the German development bank KFW. On another project, record low-priced proposals have been obtained in Tunisia’s IPP tender process. Here, Fichtner supported the German development agency GIZ as Technical Advisor.
BIM – 3D planning in all project phases
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is used to create a digital model containing all the relevant planning data. It allows for an interconnected way of working that makes the planning and construction process efficient and transparent using three-dimensional data models. We apply this method in numerous projects, e.g. for planning substations.
Photovoltaic park for Saudi Arabian agricultural and food-processing company
The first corporate photovoltaic PPA in KSA has been signed between the dairy company NADEC and French energy group Engie. The project will help to reduce HFO consumption and the carbon footprint. Fichtner supported NADEC with the feasibility study and the BOO implementation.
Fichtner was named as one of the top ten energy storage consulting companies in Europe for 2019 by Energy CIO Insights Magazine. In an interview, our Managing Director Tilman Herzig and Fichtner’s energy storage expert Christian Scholz explain the growing importance of energy storage options and their technologies, as well as how storage projects are successfully implemented.
Record-breaking wind power tariff in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s first and the Middle East’s largest wind power project has reached financial close. The Dumat Al Jandal project was awarded in January 2019 for the record-tariff of 2.13 US cents/kWh to a consortium comprising EDF and Masdar. Fichtner acted as technical consultant for the tender and award phase of the project. We are delighted that financial close of the project was reached.
TOP CONSULTANT 2019
Each year in Germany, under the technical oversight of Prof. Dietmar Fink and the personal mentorship of our former Federal President Christian Wulff, hundreds of consultants are evaluated against each other on the basis of their clients' assessments. Those with the highest performance ratings receive the "TOP CONSULTANT" quality seal. On 28 June, our subsidiary Fichtner Management Consulting AG was awarded this coveted accolade.
Noor Abu Dhabi
We are happy to also report on the successful grid connection of the Noor Solar Project in Abu Dhabi, and are honored to, from the very beginning of the project, having been the Technical Advisor for the tendering and contract award phase of the project, as well the Owner’s Engineer for both design review and construction supervision.
Visit to landfill construction site
Dr. Peter Schoof, the new German ambassador to Indonesia, visited the construction site of the landfill in Sidoarjo, Java, at the end of April and was accompanied by the head of the Indonesian KfW office, Angela Tormin. The ‘Emission Reduction In Cities’ project is financed by KfW and currently comprises three different construction sites, two of which are in East Java and one in Sumatra.
Guide to Renewable Energy
With the assistance of engineers from Fichtner, the German Association of Consulting Engineers (VBI) has published an international guide on the possibilities and potential of various kinds of renewable energies. It explains the state of the art in generating and using renewable energies and presents detailed project planning processes. The guide has been released in German and English and is intended to facilitate the planning and implementation of renewable energy projects both inside and outside of Germany.
HYDRO AFRICA 2019 Conference in Namibia
During the Hydropower & Dams Conference in Windhoek Fichtner shared just some of its recent experience in Africa by way of its involvement in the fast-track rehabilitation of Nkula HPP in Malawi, the implementation of the Mt Coffee emergency spillway in Liberia and a hybrid PV-hydro project in Zambia.
ProVAN bid accepted
Over the next five years, Fichtner will assist transmission system operator TenneT TSO by providing services during the permitting, preparation, execution and site supervision phases of its onshore grid expansion projects. We have been supporting TenneT in onshore and offshore projects for a number of years now.
Morocco’s biggest CSP complex now on stream
With its third CSP power plant now connected to the grid, the “Ouarzazate” thermal solar power plant complex has attained its designated total power capacity of 510 MW. On 15 August 2018, the steam turbine generator set of Noor 3 Solar Tower Power Plant began feeding into the Moroccan power grid. Fichtner served as Independent Engineer for all three of the CSP plants.
Bidding process begins for energy storage project in Jordan
With 25 qualified bidders, the bidding process for a trailblazing 30 MW / 60 MWh electrical energy storage project in Jordan began on 6 July 2018. It will be the largest of its kind in the Middle East and will have a revolutionary contract concept. Fichtner is supporting the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources with the bidding process and subsequent selection of the preferred bidder.
EU Clean Energy Study Tour
On the initiative of EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, representatives of energy authorities from the Gulf region visited Germany to exchange experiences gained with clean energy technologies and applications. Fichtner organized the one-week tour of Germany including six site visits.
Jordan’s biggest solar PV power plant comes on stream
With the start-up of Quweira 103 MW Photovoltaic Power Plant in the south of the country, the Jordanian government took a further step in implementing its ambitious renewable energies development plan. Acting as Owner’s Engineer, Fichtner provided assistance to the project.
World’s Cheapest Solar Power Tariff in Saudi Arabia
ACWA Power has won a 300 MW photovoltaics tender with a record tariff of the equivalent of 2.34 US cents/kWh. Fichtner is assisting the ministry responsible in implementing the country’s first PV and wind IPP projects.
Inauguration of Mesihovina Wind Farm
Bosnia-Herzegovina’s first wind farm was officially inaugurated on 14 March 2018. Fichtner assisted JP Elektroprivreda HZHB, a state-owned power utility company, with the planning, construction and grid connection of this 50.6 MW wind farm consisting of 22 Siemens turbines.
TenneT has awarded Fichtner, together with two other companies, with contracts for the maintenance of onshore and offshore converter station components and AC power transmission systems in the North Sea.
C/sells − Showcase for smart grids of the future
Energy transition: Together with more than 60 partners, we are working on the C/sells demonstration project to test the system of the future which consists of autonomous cells.
Early completion: Hydropower plant in Vietnam
The third and final unit of the 1200 MW Lai Chau Hydropower Plant in Vietnam went into operation six months ahead of schedule.
The Fichtner Group
A global network of branch offices, project offices, affiliated companies and local cooperation partners characterizes our international orientation and, alongside specific country expertise, offers optimum project and client proximity.
The Fichtner Group’s engineering and consultancy expertise is in demand for realization of complex projects. What we undertake for our clients on a daily basis is illustrated by the following examples.