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  • Owner’s engineering for Wilhelmshaven Coal-Fired Power Plant, Germany Owner’s engineering for Wilhelmshaven Coal-Fired Power Plant, Germany

    Owner’s engineering for Wilhelmshaven Coal-Fired Power Plant, Germany

    To expand the generating capacity of GDF Suez, this 800 MW ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plant has been planned in close proximity to the North Sea port of Wilhelmshaven. As lead consultant, Fichtner renders engineering services for more than 30 lots in the areas of “civil engineering”, “cooling water”, “balance of plant” and “coal handling”. These range from conceptual design through participation in contract award and up to detail engineering and site supervision. Further, the complete permitting process is handled by Fichtner.

    Our services

    • Feasibility studies
    • Conceptual design
    • Drawing up tender documents
    • Participation in contract award
    • Follow-up of contracts / design review
    • Detail design
    • Site supervision
    • Permit engineering

    Technical data

    • Generation capacity: 800 MWe
    • Net efficiency: 46%
    • Ultra-supercritical steam parameters: 261 bar/600°C

    Client

    GDF SUEZ Energie Deutschland AG, Berlin, Germany
  • HVDC grid connection of offshore wind farms, Germany HVDC grid connection of offshore wind farms, Germany

    HVDC grid connection of offshore wind farms, Germany

    The offshore wind farms in the German North Sea are linked under various connection projects to the German EHV grid. Each connection project comprises an offshore platform with converter on the high seas with connection cables to the wind farms, HVDC cable links to the AC/DC converters on land employing voltage source converter (VSC) technology, and switchgear as well as operating and network control systems at sea and on land. Fichtner assists in technical handling and project management.

    Our services

    • Project governance services
    • Time scheduling/expediting and budgetary planning/control
    • Risk management
    • Site supervision and coordination of the technical project team in the field
    • HSE and occupational safety coordination on site
    • Assistance during trials and commissioning

    Technical data

    • Approx. 7 GW connection and infeed power
    • 380 kV outdoor switchyards for connection to existing transformer substations
    • 250 kV, 300 kV, 320 kV DC onshore and offshore cabling
    • Offshore platforms with DC/AC conversion and 155 kV HVAC switchgear
    • 155 kV HVAC cabling from the offshore platforms to the connection points of the offshore wind farms

    Client

    TenneT Offshore GmbH, Bayreuth, Germany
  • Secondary and tertiary control and monitoring of the power grid, Austria Secondary and tertiary control and monitoring of the power grid, Austria

    Secondary and tertiary control and monitoring of the power grid, Austria

    The sharp rise of volatile load flows, infeeding from solar and wind power plants, and cross-border balancing power exchanges result in more stringent requirements for the functionality and flexibility of the grid regulation system. The grid operator and balance area manager Austrian Power Grid AG (APG) has therefore decided to replace the existing secondary and tertiary control of the Austrian interconnected grid that at present is integrated into the SCADA/EMS system, by a new stand-alone system. Fichtner assisted APG throughout all project phases.

    Our services

    • Drawing up technical specifications and functional requirements
    • Prequalification of candidate suppliers and contractors
    • Drawing up EPC tender documents
    • Bid evaluation
    • Contract negotiations
    • Support during implementation

    Client

    Austrian Power Grid AG, Vienna, Austria
  • Lai Chau 1200 MW Hydropower Plant, Vietnam Lai Chau 1200 MW Hydropower Plant, Vietnam

    Lai Chau 1200 MW Hydropower Plant, Vietnam

    The new Lai Chau Hydropower Plant is being constructed on the Song Da River in North Vietnam at the Chinese border. Three Francis turbines are projected to deliver around 4720 GWh/a. The grid connection is via a 500 kV GIS switchyard. Alongside power generation, the plant's function is to improve downstream water supplies during the dry season.

    Our services

    • Project management
    • Design review for all civil works and electro-mechanical equipment
    • Supervision of construction, equipment installation and commissioning, with interface coordination

    Technical data

    • Total capacity: 1200 MW
    • Dam height: 137 m
    • Crest length: 612 m
    • Maximum head: 95 m
    • Design discharge: 1.617 m³/s

    Client

    Son La Hydropower Management Board (SLaMB), Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Independent Engineer for a 160 MW solar thermal power plant, Morocco Independent Engineer for a 160 MW solar thermal power plant, Morocco

    Independent Engineer for a 160 MW solar thermal power plant, Morocco

    The Noor 1 parabolic trough power plant is the first section of the 560 MW solar power plant complex that is currently under construction in South Morocco. This includes an energy storage facility on the basis of molten salt for three hours of full-load operation. As Independent Engineer, Fichtner oversaw and certified shop and site acceptances as well as commissioning of the principal components. Fichtner also assessed the plant performance and reliability test together with the associated performance model. Further, Fichtner has been appointed as Independent Engineer for the Noor 2 and 3 follow-up projects.

    Our services

    • Review of inspection procedures and test programs
    • Supervising and witnessing inspections and tests in the shop and on site
    • Supervision of commissioning with issue of commissioning certificates
    • Supervision of plant performance and reliability test with issue of performance certificate
    • Review of power plant performance model

    Technical data

    • Power plant rating: 160 MWe

    Client

    ACWA Power Ouarzazate (APO), Rabat, Morocco
  • Owner’s Engineer for Bogdanci Wind Farm, Macedonia Owner’s Engineer for Bogdanci Wind Farm, Macedonia

    Owner’s Engineer for Bogdanci Wind Farm, Macedonia

    Macedonia’s first wind farm is being erected near the town of Bogdanci. It comprises 16 turbines together with control systems and cabling as well as infrastructure, like access roads, grid connection, substations and transmission lines. Fichtner acts as Owner’s Engineer in the planning and tendering phases as well as during construction and commissioning. Fichtner also successfully handled validation for registration of the project under the clean development mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol.

    Our services

    • Conceptual design with cost estimate
    • Validation of CDM potential for registration under the Kyoto Protocol
    • Tendering, bid evaluation and assistance in contract negotiations
    • Project management
    • Overseeing construction and commissioning
    • Quality assurance and HSE monitoring
    • On-call services during the three year defect notification period

    Technical data

    • Wind turbines: 16 x 2.3 MW for 36.8 MW installed capacity
    • Electricity generation: 100 GWh/a
    • Grid connection: 110 kV

    Client

    AD ELEM-JSC Macedonian Power Plants, Skopje, Macedonia
  • General planning for expansion of operating premises, Germany General planning for expansion of operating premises, Germany

    General planning for expansion of operating premises, Germany

    The development services provider, Bertrandt, is erecting a new administration building in Mönsheim, near Stuttgart, to accommodate a staff of 1700. General planning of this project is entrusted to Fichtner. We undertake feasibility studies, tendering and planning of all technical disciplines: architecture, structural planning, technical building services, traffic and infrastructure planning, building physics, and acoustics. Additionally, we provide oversight during construction. Our tasks also include the design of the local energy supply as well as the building’s tie-in to communal supply and traffic infrastructure. For this project, we take the approach of integrated planning through building information modeling (BIM) for the entire site.

    Our services

    • General planning and project management
    • Feasibility studies
    • Sectoral planning services from establishing the basis for the project to construction supervision
    • Construction supervision
    • Planning of the local energy supply
    • Design of the building’s tie-in to communal supply and traffic infrastructure

    Client

    Bertrandt AG, Mönsheim, Germany
  • Upgrading water supply and sanitation systems of the City of Granada, Nicaragua Upgrading water supply and sanitation systems of the City of Granada, Nicaragua

    Upgrading water supply and sanitation systems of the City of Granada, Nicaragua

    With the aim of significantly upgrading water supply in the City of Granada, located on the west coast of Lake Nicaragua, as well as improving water quality at the lake shore, the sewer network is to be expanded and extended to provide denser coverage, with sewage plant capacity matched to actual needs. With financial support from the German KfW Development Bank, Fichtner was first retained to conduct a feasibility study. We then took over complete technical planning of rehabilitation and extension of the city water supply and sewer networks. Alongside engineering of the required measures, our tasks also comprised institutional reinforcement of the client agency. Included was a proposal for the organization of a regional water supply and sanitation utility that had yet to be established.

    Our services

    • Commercial and socio-economic analyses
    • Hydrological and hydraulic investigations
    • Leak detection
    • Environmental impact assessment
    • Official approval procedures
    • Construction supervision and start-up operation
    • Education and training program for operational and administrative staff
    • Institutional strengthening and operations planning
    • Awareness building

    Client

    ENACAL, Managua, Nicaragua
  • Engineering a seawater desalination plant, Palestine Engineering a seawater desalination plant, Palestine

    Engineering a seawater desalination plant, Palestine

    In the Gaza Strip, a new independent water supply system is being constructed with the support of the European Investment Bank. Fichtner was contracted to assist the Palestinian Water Authority for this project. A reverse osmosis plant for seawater desalination is planned to supply drinking water. A key task for our engineers is to design a secure power supply for this plant. For this purpose they checked various configurations, for example diesel generators in combination with photovoltaics, solar thermal and wind energy.

    Our services

    • Review of basic design and development of concept design report
    • Site investigations and brine dispersion study
    • Concept design report for SWRO plant
    • Power supply study with different energy supply options
    • Terms of Reference for Environmental and Social Impact Assessment study
    • Financial model for desalination plant plus financial model for water utility
    • Tendering up to award of contract for two lots

    Technical data

    • RO desalination plant capacity: 161,000 m³/d
    • Maximum power demand: 25 MW
    • Seawater demand: 18,900 m³/h
    • Seawater intake length: 1.8 km

    Client

    EIB European Investment Bank, Luxemburg, Luxembourg
  • Reorganization of a water and sanitation utility, Germany Reorganization of a water and sanitation utility, Germany

    Reorganization of a water and sanitation utility, Germany

    Fichtner derived on basis of the strategic objectives the strategic business units and based on those a process model has been defined for the water and waste water company. Based on the process model the operational structure with approximately 700 employees was fundamentally reviewed together with the management and a new organizational structure was developed with the aid of a “Greenfield” approach. The essential processes, in particular relating to the roles between “Asset Management” and “Asset Service” have been optimized and job descriptions adapted. Furthermore, Fichtner developed as part of a permanent establishment concept a regional structure for all locations.

    Our services

    • Working out a process model and the new executive organization
    • Optimization of core processes
    • Development of a regional structure for all operating sites
    • Determination of the workforce requirement on the basis of benchmarking
    • Identification of spheres of activity for all business areas
    • Scenario analyses

    Client

    OOWV Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischer Wasserverband, Brake (Unterweser), Germany
  • Due diligence audits for power generation and distribution assets, Middle East Due diligence audits for power generation and distribution assets, Middle East

    Due diligence audits for power generation and distribution assets, Middle East

    For a state-owned Middle Eastern utility, Fichtner has conducted in-depth technical and environmental due diligence audits of its power plant inventory together with its distribution network. For this, our specialists conducted site inspections of the major parts of the more than 50 power plant sites together with their local grid infrastructures. On the basis of the surveyed data and information made available by the supply utility, we prepared a comprehensive technical evaluation of the power plants and power networks and reviewed their performance. For the environmental review, our experts investigated whether operation of the power plants and power networks met national and international standards. Fichtner also assisted the client in further transaction- related tasks, such as drawing up the contract documents and determining CAPEX and OPEX by applying the financial evaluation model.

    Our services

    • Technical and environmental due diligence audits
    • Technical assessment and evaluation of assets
    • Determination of future CAPEX and improvement potential
    • Assessment of power sector restructuring requirements
    • Support in preparation of contracts
    • Assessment of organization and management
    • Appraisal of environmental compliance

    Technical data

    • Total capacity of power plants: 45,000 MW
    • Total line length of distribution network: 440,000 km

    Client

    Supply utility, Middle East
  • Development of a smart data platform, Germany Development of a smart data platform, Germany

    Development of a smart data platform, Germany

    Together with partners from academia and industry, as joint venture leader Fichtner IT Consulting is currently developing a smart data platform by means of which infrastructure operators and energy consortia can undertake forecast- and market-based energy management with the aid of sensor data. This platform's task is to merge large volumes of diverse data from heterogeneous sources. On this foundation, new procedures for optimizing infrastructure operation are designed, taking Stuttgart Airport as an application example. As well as project coordination, Fichtner undertakes, among other functions, analysis of the infrastructural system and conceptual design of the platform's general architecture.

    Our services

    • Project coordination
    • Systems analysis of the infrastructure from the viewpoint of the various roles
    • Conceptual design of the overall architecture
    • Demarcation of individual components
    • Identification of and structuring a database concept (in-memory)
    • Definition of optimization parameters
    • Formulation of optimization issues
    • Provision of pilot testing infrastructure
    • Setting up a data pool for validation

    Client

    Federal German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy BMWI, Bonn, Germany
  • General planning of an 910 MW coal-fired unit, Germany General planning of an 910 MW coal-fired unit, Germany

    General planning of an 910 MW coal-fired unit, Germany

    Rhine Port Thermal Power Plant is being extended by a state-of-the-art bituminous coal-fired generating unit rated 910 MWe. Alongside stand-alone contract sections concerning solely the new unit, there are extensive interfaces with existing cooling and fuel supply facilities, which had to be converted and upgraded without interruption to operation. Thanks to comprehensive in-furnace and post-combustion emission control measures, stack discharge of air pollutants was reduced to a minimum. Fichtner was awarded a contract as general planner for the entire project with higher level project management and coordination of all lot contractors.

    Our services

    • Review of concept
    • Time scheduling and permit engineering
    • Drawing up tender documents
    • Contract award and coordination of over eighty contract lots
    • Detail engineering
    • Management of construction, installation and commissioning
    • monitoring of trial operation

    Technical data

    • Gross electrical output: 910 MWe
    • District heating output up to 220 MWth
    • Ultra-supercritical steam parameters: 275 bar. 600°C
    • Electrical efficiency: over 46%
    • Overall efficiency of up to 58%

    Client

    EnBW Erneuerbare und Konventionelle Erzeugung AG, Stuttgart, Germany
  • HVDC back-to-back Georgia Turkey Interconnector, Georgia HVDC back-to-back Georgia Turkey Interconnector, Georgia

    HVDC back-to-back Georgia Turkey Interconnector, Georgia

    The main Georgian 500 kV transmission system was extended by two new 500 kV links from Gardabani and Zestafoni substations to a new 500/400/200 kV substation near the Turkish border at Akhaltsikhe. The Akhaltsikhe substation was connected to the Turkish EHV grid at Borçka asynchronously using two back-to-back high voltage direct current links at Akhaltsikhe and a 400 kV overhead transmission line to the Turkish border.

    Our services

    • Overall project management and coordination
    • Design studies
    • Drawing up tender documents
    • Bid evaluation and recommendations for contract award
    • Site supervision
    • O&M concept for the facilities
    • Supervision of commissioning

    Technical data

    • 500/400/220 kV substation
    • Two 350 MW back-to-back 500/400 kV HVDC units
    • 400 kV overhead transmission line
    • Two 500 kV overhead transmission lines

    Client

    Georgian State Electrosystem Ltd., Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Technical due diligence for a new LNG terminal, Uruguay Technical due diligence for a new LNG terminal, Uruguay

    Technical due diligence for a new LNG terminal, Uruguay

    In Montevideo, an LNG terminal with a process capacity of 10,000 m³/d liquefied natural gas was constructed. The project also included a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), a pier for LNG tankers and a link to the country's gas transmission grid. Under contract to the financing banks, Fichtner undertook technical due diligence audits for the onshore facilities and the FSRU. Additionally, as Lender‘s Engineer, we were entrusted with site supervision for construction of the entire terminal.

    Our services

    • Technical due diligence audit
    • Check of contracts and financial arrangements
    • Site supervision for the entire construction
    • Development and certification of maintenance concepts

    Technical data

    • LNG regasification capacity: 10,000m³/ day
    • LNG storage capacity: 267,000m³

    Client

    GNLS S.A., Montevideo, Uruguay und Lakler S.A. Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Middle Marsyangdi Run-of-River Hydropower Plant, Nepal Middle Marsyangdi Run-of-River Hydropower Plant, Nepal

    Middle Marsyangdi Run-of-River Hydropower Plant, Nepal

    With the aim of generating power, some 170 km to the west of Kathmandu the River Marsyangdi is to be impounded by constructing a combined concrete and rockfill dam and spillway in a deep gorge. Also part of the facility are three underground sand and gravel traps and a 5.5 km pressure tunnel as well as sufficient storage capacity for peak generation over five hours. The power plant in cut-and-cover construction is equipped with two Francis turbines. Fichtner undertakes planning and site supervision for this project, which also includes two access roads, a 132 kV switchgear installation and grid tie-in.

    Our services

    • Feasibility study
    • Conceptual engineering and drawing up specifications
    • Compilation of tender documents
    • Bid evaluation and support during contract negotiations
    • Detail engineering
    • Site supervision
    • Consultancy for operation and maintenance

    Technical data

    • Total power rating: 78 MW
    • Concrete and rockfill dam: 95 m length and 54 m height
    • Pressure tunnel: 5.5 km length, 5.4 m diameter
    • Penstock: 4.6 m diameter
    • Design flood discharge for spillway: 4270 m3/s
    • Design discharge: 80 m3/s

    Client

    Nepal Electricity Authority, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Technical due diligence for financing a pipeline of PV projects, Czech Republic Technical due diligence for financing a pipeline of PV projects, Czech Republic

    Technical due diligence for financing a pipeline of PV projects, Czech Republic

    An international investor is planning to develop several PV plants in the Czech Republic. To determine investors’ opportunities and risks, the company retained Fichtner to conduct a due diligence review under technical aspects. After the general review, project-specific technical due diligence audits are conducted for six PV plants, taking the previous phase as a starting point. Fichtner then monitors construction to approve release of payments. For hand-over of the plants, Fichtner certifies mechanical completion and provisional acceptance.

    Our services

    • Verification of the performance of existing plants and planned project pipeline
    • Project timetables and planning
    • Check of contracts: EPC, suppliers, O&M
    • Plant-specific cost evaluation, technical standards, environmental protection, permit application
    • Technical appraisal of final PV plant design and component selection
    • Construction monitoring and release of payments
    • Monitoring provisional and final acceptance tests
    • Monitoring plant operation

    Technical data

    • 6 PV plants with a total capacity of 18 MWp

    Client

    Energy 21 a.s. Building International Business Centre (IBC), Prague, Czech Republic
  • Technical consultancy and owner´s engineering for Ardley Energy-from-Waste Facility, United Kingdom Technical consultancy and owner´s engineering for Ardley Energy-from-Waste Facility, United Kingdom

    Technical consultancy and owner´s engineering for Ardley Energy-from-Waste Facility, United Kingdom

    The UK waste management company Viridor retained Fichtner as technical advisor to draw up a proposal for a public-private partnership (PPP) contract for a residual waste treatment plant in Ardley. First of all we was contracted to prepare the permit application for the (EfW) facility as well as a due diligence report. After Viridor had won the PPP contract, Fichtner was awarded the follow-up contract for the realization phase as Owner´s Engineer.

    Our services

    • Technical due diligence
    • Specification development
    • Assessment of tenders
    • Support for negotiations with shortlisted contractors
    • Owners Engineer
    • Full time site attendance
    • CDM Advisory

    Technical data

    • Treatment capacity: 300,000 t/a
    • Electrical rating: 28 MW
    • Throughput: 2 x 23 t/h
    • Heat release rate: 2 x 51.8 MW

    Client

    Viridor
  • Quito Ecuador Decontamination of the river system in the Greater Area of Quito, Ecuador

    Decontamination of the river system in the Greater Area of Quito, Ecuador

    Up to the time of the project, communal sewage and industrial wastewaters had been discharged untreated into the rivers so we were contracted to develop and finalize measures to decontaminate the river system. Key project steps were identification of sources of pollution from the municipal and industrial sectors, making proposals for remedying the situation, planning the measures selected for implementation, and setting up a monitoring model.

    Our services

    • Data collection and analysis
    • Topographic survey; taking and analyzing samples
    • Geotechnical and hydraulic calculations
    • Hydrological investigations
    • Mathematical-physical model calculations
    • Environmental impact study and site selection
    • Feasibility studies
    • Tender-ready planning of the proposed measures

    Technical data

    • Project area: 4.228 km², covering the city and greater area of Quito plus 33 communities
    • Hydrological catchment area: 8,100 km²
    • Population: 4,000,000

    Client

    EMAAP-Q Empresa Agua Potable y Alcantarillado Quito, Ecuador
  • Pile testing campaign for an offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea, Germany Pile testing campaign for an offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea, Germany

    Pile testing campaign for an offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea, Germany

    In preparation for wind farm construction off the coast of Rügen, the pile bearing behavior of the foundation structure was evaluated. To do this, the building contractor installed two test piles each at three locations and took measurements at these. After a ten-week settling phase the piles were subjected to tensile and compressive tests. Fichtner prepared the working instructions for conducting the trials and, with the aid of ramming simulations, made all necessary preliminary measurements for installation. We also participated in conducting the tests on board the installation vessel, and evaluated, interpreted and summarized the test results. For this purpose, we developed a ramming simulation model that we verified and calibrated on the basis of the ramming data and the results of trial loading.

    Our services

    • Technical consultancy
    • Development of method statements regarding the dynamic and static pile load tests
    • Compiling a permit dossier
    • Assistance in taking measurements
    • Pile driving monitoring
    • Pile driving studies and pile testing

    Client

    Bilfinger Construction GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
  • Planning of Operation Support Facility for the ALMA Observatory, Chile Planning of Operation Support Facility for the ALMA Observatory, Chile

    Planning of Operation Support Facility for the ALMA Observatory, Chile

    Whereas the radio telescope of the astronomic project Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in the Atacama Desert is located at an altitude of 5000 m, the Operation Support Facility (OSF) with assembly hangar, control center, laboratories and offices is 30 km away downhill at 2900 m. For this OSF site, Fichtner undertook conceptual engineering, layout planning, execution planning and detailed engineering, prepared the tender documents and undertook project tracking for all components of this facility, which is one of the biggest and foremost astronomic control centers of the world.

    Our services

    • Soil exploration and topographical survey
    • Conceptual design and preliminary planning
    • Detail engineering
    • Drawing up tender documents
    • Site supervision
    • Project monitoring

    Technical data

    • Stores and workshops: 2,600 m²
    • Antenna servicing: 1,500 m²
    • Laboratory and operating facilities: 3,500 m²
    • Transporter servicing: 600 m²
    • Gatehouse area: 120 m²

    Client

    European Southern Observatory ESO, Garching, Germany
  • Project review and optimization program, Germany Project review and optimization program, Germany

    Project review and optimization program, Germany

    Fichtner undertook a critical analysis of the major twenty-year project “The New Emscher Valley” which has a total budget of approximately €4.5 billion. The review aim was to determine the present status regarding budget and timetable, and to make a projection up to project conclusion. To follow up this review, potentials for making savings and cutting costs in projects that are ongoing and that can still be influenced were identified by applying value engineering techniques, so that the budget overrun was limited to 5%.

    Our services

    • Project management
    • Application of statistical analyses
    • Support of project manager's estimate
    • Application of the “mental hurdle technique” to identify savings potentials, with technical profiles of measures
    • Implementation of a detailed value engineering approach for TOP projects
    • Identification of across-the-board savings potentials

    Client

    Emschergenossenschaft Lippeverband, Essen, Germany
  • Expert opinion in arbitration proceedings regarding state aid for solar plants, Spain Expert opinion in arbitration proceedings regarding state aid for solar plants, Spain

    Expert opinion in arbitration proceedings regarding state aid for solar plants, Spain

    Our client, as owner of a solar power plant, filed suit against the Spanish Government alleging that changes in government subsidy rules led to unfair disadvantages for his enterprise. Fichtner provides support by preparing an expert technical and economic opinion paper. This includes investigations into the construction costs of solar power plants and of a legally defined reference power plant. Further, a comparison is made of the Spanish market model for remunerating solar plants with those of other countries. Research into details of the legislative procedure was conducted locally by expert staff from our Spanish subsidiary. The conclusions of the expert opinion are drawn on by our client in the arbitration proceedings.

    Our services

    • Comprehensive technical and economic arbitration case support
  • Market study and selection of cooperation partners for a virtual power plant, Germany Market study and selection of cooperation partners for a virtual power plant, Germany

    Market study and selection of cooperation partners for a virtual power plant, Germany

    With the aim of better market placement of its virtual power plant, an energy supply utility contracted Fichtner to provide comprehensive consultancy. Thus, amongst other services, we undertook a market study with an overview of the attractiveness of individual market segments, in particular for the balancing power market and direct marketing of renewable energy. We identified potential service providers as cooperation partners for EnBW with assessments of their capabilities and suitability under strategic aspects. Further, we prepared functional specifications for the potential partners and analyzed the received proposals.

    Our services

    • Market survey of virtual power plants in Germany
    • Potential revenues in the frequency regulation market and through direct marketing
    • Compiling lists of service providers for each value added level
    • Requirements specifications for service providers
    • Evaluation of proposals

    Client

    EnBW Vertrieb GmbH, formerly EnBW Vertriebs- und Serviceges., Stuttgart, Germany
  • Kohlekraftwerk Tanjung Bin T4 Tanjung Bin T4 1000 MW Coal-Fired Power Plant, Malaysia

    Tanjung Bin T4 1000 MW Coal-Fired Power Plant, Malaysia

    The Tanjung Bin 3x700 MW Coal-Fired Power Plant at the southern tip of the West Malaysian Peninsula was extended by a new 1000 MW coal-fired unit. This is one of the first supercritical power generating units in Southeast Asia. A key aspect of project development was the integration of the new plant into an existing facility without interruption of operation. Thorough analysis of existing installations and operational procedures meant that the risk of interrupting operations during power plant extension could be averted and, at the same time, costs could be optimized by exploiting synergies.

    Our services

    • Technical planning
    • Tendering and EPC contract award
    • Appraisal of the EPC contractor´s design as well as
    • On-site supervision of construction and commissioning

    Technical data

    • Plant power rating: 1000 MW
    • Boiler steaming rate: 3072 t/h
    • Steam turbogenerator: 1270.6 MVA
    • Steam parameters: 270 bar, 600°C
    • Efficiency: 40%

    Client

    Malakoff Berhad, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 220 kV power transmission line between Uganda and Rwanda 220 kV power transmission line between Uganda and Rwanda

    220 kV power transmission line between Uganda and Rwanda

    The power transmission line between Mirama at the Uganda-Rwanda border to Shango in the Kigali Province is part of a regional project that has the aim of connecting the countries Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Fichtner’s tasks as Owner’s Engineer for this project cover project management, design review and ensuring successful implementation as well as acting as a representative for the regional technical project committee.

    Our services

    • Project management
    • Drawing up tender documents
    • Assisting during contract award
    • Check of drawings
    • Site supervision and commissioning
    • Quality, expediting and budgetary control
    • Know-how transfer and training of the project owner's staff

    Technical data

    • Transmission line: 94 km, 220 kV

    Client

    Rwanda Energy Group (REG), Kigali, Rwanda
  • Feasibility study on infrastructure development for oil and gas installations, Uganda Feasibility study on infrastructure development for oil and gas installations, Uganda

    Feasibility study on infrastructure development for oil and gas installations, Uganda

    To ensure that a refinery and several gas installations in Uganda will be implemented, Fichtner was contracted to prepare a feasibility study on the required infrastructure for transport and storage of crude oil and gas. This covered not only the legal and regulatory framework, but also possible equity participation structures and tariff options as well as dimensioning and positioning of pipelines and also storage capacities. Additionally, the entire system was assessed under technical and economic aspects.

    Our services

    • Analysis of legal and regulatory framework
    • Economic and technical evaluation
    • Consideration of land requirements and rights of way
    • Study of alternative ownership structures
    • Specify requirements for front end engineering design (FEED)
    • Risk analysis
    • Health, safety and environmental evaluation

    Client

    Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda
  • Owner’s engineer for hybrid solar thermal and biomass power plant, Spain Owner’s engineer for hybrid solar thermal and biomass power plant, Spain

    Owner’s engineer for hybrid solar thermal and biomass power plant, Spain

    Les Borges Blanques Hybrid Solar Thermal and Biomass Power Plant has 336 parabolic trough collectors covering 67 ha with a power rating of 25 MWe, combined with a power plant firing forestry biomass comprising two boilers rated at 2x22 MWth. An auxiliary natural gas boiler is rated at 6 MWth. This allows electricity to be generated day and night as well as during low insolation periods. Fichtner renders owner’s engineering services after contract award to the EPC contractor.

    Our services

    • Design review
    • Workshop inspections of main equipment
    • Site supervision
    • Supervision of commissioning and trial run

    Technical data

    • Thermal generation capacity biomass plant: 2 x 22 MWth
    • Efficiency: 78%

    Client

    TERMOSOLAR BORGES, S.L., Barcelona, Spain
  • Extension of Olkaria I geothermal power plant, Kenya Extension of Olkaria I geothermal power plant, Kenya

    Extension of Olkaria I geothermal power plant, Kenya

    An additional 70 MW geothermal unit is to be added to the existing Olkaria I power plant in the Rift Valley of Kenya. Fichtner has been tasked as owner’s engineer to assist in the implementation of the new unit. The assignment includes steam field and power plant design, assistance in tendering of an EPC contractor and supervision of the construction works for the powerplant, steamfield and piping and the connection to the electricity network.

    Our services

    • Conceptual design of power plant and steam fields
    • Identification of suitable pipeline routs
    • Preparation of EPC bidding documents
    • Assistance during procurement
    • Preparation of risk management plan
    • Supervision of construction
    • Management of defects liability period

    Technical data

    • Capacity: 70 MW

    Client

    KenGen - Kenya Electricity Generating Company Ltd.
  • Institutional setup of the waste disposal organization of the District of Istria, Croatia Institutional setup of the waste disposal organization of the District of Istria, Croatia

    Institutional setup of the waste disposal organization of the District of Istria, Croatia

    As part of the EU IPA program, Kaštijun Solid Waste Treatment Center is being constructed near Pula to serve the Region of Istria. This facility comprises a mechanical-biological treatment plant, landfill, recycling center and transfer stations. Fichtner was commissioned by the institution responsible for administration of EU projects in Croatia to provide technical and organizational support for the institutional development of Kaštijun Ltd., the company in charge of operation of the entire solid waste treatment center.

    Our services

    • Analysis of initial situation
    • Determination of capacities of all parties involved in regional waste management
    • Preparation of a business plan for Kaštijun
    • Training and education of Kaštijun’s staff in the application of the FIDIC Conditions of Contract and company management
    • Checking analyses of waste flows and quantities, as well as waste disposal charges
    • Drawing up terms of reference for services for development of a waste management software system and technical specifications for software and hardware

    Technical data

    • Region of Istria: 10 towns and 31 municipalities with 206,000 inhabitants

    Client

    EPEEF Environmental Protection and Energy Efficienca Fund, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Upgrading water supply and sanitation in Mbeya, Tanzania Upgrading water supply and sanitation in Mbeya, Tanzania

    Upgrading water supply and sanitation in Mbeya, Tanzania

    The objective of this EU- and KfW-financed municipal water management project was to improve water supply and sanitation of the district capital of Mbeya in the southern highlands of Tanzania by rehabilitation and new construction of facilities, continuous reduction of water loss rates, and construction of additional water extraction and distribution systems. Fichtner oversaw the project from drawing up a plan of action, through tendering and site supervision, up to project management and conducting public awareness building campaigns with organizational strengthening of the municipal water authorities.

    Our service

    • Data survey and analysis
    • Hydraulic investigations
    • Preliminary design
    • Final design
    • Tender documentation, tender evaluation and assisting in contract award
    • Awareness building
    • Public / community relations
    • Construction supervision

    Technical data

    • 6 potable water treatment plants of capacities 20-150 l/s
    • 5 river intakes
    • 10 reinforced concrete reservoirs (500 - 5000 m³)
    • 5 pumping stations
    • about 60 km of transmission mains (up to DN 400)
    • 12 district meter supply zones
    • 415 km of distribution network
    • 45 km of sanitary sewers (ND 200 - ND 400)
    • 1 wastewater treatment plant (pond system) for 50,000 p.e. including fecal sludge treatment

    Client

    Mbeya Urban Water and Sewerage Authority, Mbeya, Tanzania
  • Seawater desalination plants powered by solar thermal energy, Saudi Arabia Seawater desalination plants powered by solar thermal energy, Saudi Arabia

    Seawater desalination plants powered by solar thermal energy, Saudi Arabia

    The Saudi Arabian research facility and project development company K.A.CARE is jointly developing with the Saline Water Conversion Cooperation (SWCC) seawater desalination plants that are to be operated with renewable energies. In an initial step, the heating steam supply from two existing multi-effect distillation plants is to be partially substituted by solar-generated steam. Fichtner´s project team will first review and evaluate the various technological approaches before then developing two concepts for each plant location. As there is still no legal or organizational framework for the planned project implementation, it will first be necessary to develop a new project structure.

    Our services

    • Technology assessment and technology review for CSP and PV
    • Techno-economic evaluation of options and conceptual design studies
    • Tender and implementation strategy
    • Preparation of tender documents
    • Pre-qualification process

    Technical data

    • Seawater desalination plants (MED) with water outputs of 9,000 and 4,500 m³/d

    Client

    KA -CARE King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Tiergarten Residential Building Project, Pforzheim, Germany Tiergarten Residential Building Project, Pforzheim, Germany

    Tiergarten Residential Building Project, Pforzheim, Germany

    In Pforzheim, the Tiergarten Residential Building Project “Accommodation with Service” is under construction. As a project partner, Fichtner was responsible for structural engineering. Four five-story point blocks were built over an elongated joint underground garage. Because the construction plot is located in an area of artesian water, the structure had to be of impermeable concrete. In line with the developer’s requirements, reduced dimensions and generous ground plans in a compact design and making maximum use of the construction plot were realized. Planning was done more or less as construction proceeded in close coordination with technical installations and always aiming for an optimal construction process.

    Our services

    • Services in accordance with the German Official Scale of Fees for Services by Architects and Engineers
    • Under the structural engineering performance profile, basic engineering (in part) through permit application to detail engineering

    Client

    Arge Tiergarten Pforzheim, Stadtbau GmbH Pforzheim, Germany
  • Project steering for grid connection of offshore windfarms, Germany Project steering for grid connection of offshore windfarms, Germany

    Project steering for grid connection of offshore windfarms, Germany

    The offshore wind farms in the German North Sea are linked under various connection projects to the German EHV grid. Each grid connection project consists of an offshore platform with the connecting cables to the windfarms, transformer stations, switching stations, operation management systems and grid management systems at sea and on land. A consortium headed by Fichtner has been contracted to provide project steering services for grid connection projects in the wind farm clusters BorWin, DolWin, HelWin und SylWin.

    Our services

    • Project steering services
    • Time scheduling and expediting
    • Risk management
    • Site supervision and coordination of the technical project team in the field
    • HSE and occupational safety coordination on site
    • Overseeing commissioning

    Client

    TenneT Offshore GmbH, Bayreuth, Germany
  • Technical consultancy for power purchasing, Switzerland Technical consultancy for power purchasing, Switzerland

    Technical consultancy for power purchasing, Switzerland

    In the wake of market liberalization and intensifying competition, a Swiss regional power utility is planning to set up its own power procurement and marketing competencies. Fichtner compiles instruction materials on power procurement on the basis of the utility's generation and sales structure to meet the requirements of the Swiss power market; analyzes and breaks down the client's customers into segments and derives the annual demand structure of the remaining customer base; evaluates the procurement need from the hourly price forward curve (HPFC); elaborates a procurement concept and standard products to be procured, including a risk analysis; prepares the Administrative Board decision for approval of the new procurement concept; and oversees the first tranches of power procurement on the basis of the procurement concept.

    Our services

    • Instruction materials for power procurement
    • Breakdown of customers into segments
    • Assessment of demand structure
    • Estimate of procurement costs with structuring of procurement products
    • Preparation of the Administrative Board decision by presenting benefits and risks
    • Overseeing tranche procurement

    Client

    Public utility, Switzerland
  • Smart City District Heilbronn, Germany Smart City District Heilbronn, Germany

    Smart City District Heilbronn, Germany

    On a former railway station site, a new inner city district with residential and commercial areas is to be developed. The aim is to create an innovative energy and infrastructure concept by planning local heat and power grids to realize a sustainable inner city district with its own, distinctive character. Implementation requires a phased approach towards an economically sustainable smart city concept. The project comprises concept development and implementation of the Smart City District Heilbronn.

    Our services

    • Planning of concept and profitability analysis of local power and heat grids
    • Project management
    • Conceptual design and implementation of the central IT system architecture
    • Requirements analysis
    • Scenario design
    • Support during implementation

    Technical data

    • Area: approx. 72,000 m²

    Client

    ZEAG Energie AG, Heilbronn, Germany
  • Tanjung Priok 720 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant, Indonesia Tanjung Priok 720 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant, Indonesia

    Tanjung Priok 720 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant, Indonesia

    To meet the rising electricity demand, the state-owned electricity utility PT PLN (Persero) constructed a 720 MW combined cycle power plant at an existing power plant site. The project encompassed demolition of the Tanjung Priok 2 x 25 MW Power Plant and construction of the new combined cycle power plant with auxiliary equipment and tie-in to the 150 kV power transmission system. Acting as Owner’s Engineer, Fichtner assisted in the project over a period of seven years, from conceptual study to commissioning.

    Our services

    • Conceptual studies and design engineering
    • Drawing up specifications and tender documents
    • Support during procurement
    • Check of drawings
    • Project management
    • Quality assurance and shop acceptances
    • Site supervision and commissioning

    Technical data

    • Total power rating: 720 MW
    • 500 kV switchyard extension

    Client

    PT PLN (Persero) Kantor Pusat, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Feasibility study for a HVDC back-to-back link between Georgia and Armenia Feasibility study for a HVDC back-to-back link between Georgia and Armenia

    Feasibility study for a HVDC back-to-back link between Georgia and Armenia

    Armenia and Georgia have agreed to construct a HVDC back-to-back link on the Armenian side to connect Armenia’s planned 400 kV network with the existing 500kV network in Georgia. On behalf of the KfW banking group, Fichtner undertook a feasibility study into the selected back-to-back link configurations to determine the optimum option from both a technical and financial standpoint. We also assessed the benefits of the network link for both countries and the entire region. The most suitable solution was then drawn up by analyzing power supply, reviewing the OHL route, visiting the site, and scoping for environmental and social impacts.

    Our services

    • Assessment of feasibility of two selected HVDC back-to-back interconnection options with recommendation of best configuration
    • Assessment of the benefits of the intertie for Armenia and Georgia, and the region
    • ESIA scoping along the planned transmission line and at the HVDC back-to-back station

    Technical data

    • Power level: 400/500 kV HVDC

    Client

    Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Energy efficiency program in public buildings, Montenegro Energy efficiency program in public buildings, Montenegro

    Energy efficiency program in public buildings, Montenegro

    For upgrading the energy efficiency of public buildings and supported by a loan from the German KfW bank, public buildings, mostly schools but including preschool facilities and a student dormitory, were rehabilitated with regard to their energy parameters together with any necessary structural measures. Under a contract from KfW, Fichtner first conducted an appraisal of the existing situation during which the facilities were assessed and a plan of action for upgrading energy efficiency was worked out. As a follow-up, Fichtner oversaw implementation of the measures.

    Our services

    • Screening of 40 targeted educational buildings
    • Conducting detailed energy audits for 30 selected educational buildings
    • Calculation of potential energy savings
    • Preparation of concept and final design
    • Drawing up tender documents and directing the tendering process
    • Supervision of construction works
    • Verification of effectiveness of energy efficiency measures
    • Assistance in setting up an energy efficiency training program

    Technical data

    • On average >60% energy savings per institution
    • Approx. €35,000 annual savings per institution
    • > 450 MWh electricity savings
    • > 5000 t CO₂ reduction
    • Approx. 70,000 m² façade area and 100,000 m² plot area

    Client

    Ministry of Economy Sector for Energy Efficiency, Podgorica, Montenegro
  • Construction of Rheinfelden Run-of-River Hydropower Plant, Germany Construction of Rheinfelden Run-of-River Hydropower Plant, Germany

    Construction of Rheinfelden Run-of-River Hydropower Plant, Germany

    The new run-of-river hydropower plant replaced the Rheinfelden Hydropower Plant on the High Rhine that was over 100 years old. Energiedienst AG contracted an engineering joint venture headed by Fichtner to undertake planning and engineering for erection of the 75 x 85 m powerhouse, deepening of the Rhine riverbed and demolition of the old power house. The joint venture also had to work out compensatory measures.

    Our services

    • Determination of basic data and constraints with agreement on the engineering basis
    • Conceptual engineering and detailed design
    • Compilation of tender documents
    • Bid evaluation and participation in contract negotiations
    • Managing and coordination of engineering services
    • Construction management and supervision
    • Drawing up the time schedule and budget
    • Preparation of all documents required for taking a decision

    Technical data

    • Total power rating: 100 MW
    • 4 Kaplan bulb turbines
    • Design discharge: 1500 m³/s
    • Average head: 8.5 m
    • Annual average generation: 600 GWh

    Client

    Energiedienst AG, Rheinfelden, Germany
  • Owner’s Engineering for 150 MWp grid-connected PV plant, India Owner’s Engineering for 150 MWp grid-connected PV plant, India

    Owner’s Engineering for 150 MWp grid-connected PV plant, India

    Maharastra State Power Generation Company (Mahagenco) has ordered erection of a solar photovoltaic plant from three EPC con-tractors. Three of the six 25 MWp blocks use polycrystalline solar modules and two other blocks thin-film modules. A third EPC contractor is to construct a further 25 MWp block. Following a check of drawings, Fichtner provides site supervision and commissions the installations.

    Our services

    • Design review with check of drawings
    • Construction supervision
    • Plant acceptance and performance tests

    Technical data

    • Power rating: 150 MWp
    • Photovoltaic technology: polycrystalline and thin-film modules

    Client

    Maharastra State Power Generation Company (Mahagenco), Mumbai, India
  • Construction of flue gas desulfurization plants for Maritza East 2 Power Plant, Bulgaria Construction of flue gas desulfurization plants for Maritza East 2 Power Plant, Bulgaria

    Construction of flue gas desulfurization plants for Maritza East 2 Power Plant, Bulgaria

    Units 5 and 6 of Maritza East 2 Power Plant in South Bulgaria were equipped with flue gas desulfurization plants. Fichtner prepared the conceptual engineering and drew up the tender documents in accordance with the FIDIC Yellow Book. Fichtner also undertook bid evaluation and assisted during contract award in accordance with EBRD procedures. This was followed by design review, permit application planning, site supervision and overseeing commissioning.

    Our services

    • Conceptual engineering and drawing up plant specifications
    • Compilation of tender documents
    • Support during tender period, bid evaluation and contract award
    • Review of contractor’s designs
    • Site supervision and overseeing commissioning

    Client

    TPP Maritza East 2 EAD, Kovachevo, Bulgaria
  • Upgrading energy efficiency for water supply, Jordan Upgrading energy efficiency for water supply, Jordan

    Upgrading energy efficiency for water supply, Jordan

    Jordan’s water supply system is very energy intensive and accounts for a share of 15% in the country’s entire power demand. A German-funded program has the aim of raising the energy efficiency of this sector. For example, pumping stations and groundwater extraction were optimized. A focus of these activities was the electro-mechanical equipment of the infrastructure, for example SCADA systems for automatic plant control. Fichtner was responsible for planning and site supervision of the activities. The aim was to cut energy demand to 60 GWh/a.

    Our services

    • Economic and financial analyses
    • Hydraulic investigations
    • Conducting an environmental impact assessment
    • Detailed engineering design and final design
    • Drawing up tender documents, conducting the tendering process with tender evaluation and assistance in contract award
    • Staff training
    • Privatization study
    • Consulting services for private sector participation

    Technical data

    • Rehabilitation of 105 wells and 17 pumping stations
    • Energy savings: 60 GWh/a

    Client

    Water Authority of Jordan Ministry of Water & Irrigation, Amman, Jordan
  • New cooling water treatment system, Germany New cooling water treatment system, Germany

    New cooling water treatment system, Germany

    At its Ludwigshafen operating site, BASF is implementing a new plant for river water treatment. For this purpose, a water intake structure in the River Rhine and a pumping station connected to the existing plant network is to be constructed, which require extensive measures to safeguard the integrity of the construction pit in the river. Also particularly noteworthy are the driving operation for the two DN2600 pipes, the extension of the works network in a heavily built up industrial location and the intake structure in the immediate vicinity of the jetty with fish return installation. Fichtner was contracted to prepare project planning and structural engineering for these structures as well as additional planning services for various construction pits on the works property.

    Our services

    • Project planning for buildings
    • Project planning for engineering structures
    • Civil and structural engineering
    • Equipment and technical installations

    Client

    BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany
  • Technical and financial evaluation of Neyveli Lignite Mine, India Technical and financial evaluation of Neyveli Lignite Mine, India

    Technical and financial evaluation of Neyveli Lignite Mine, India

    To avoid making unprofitable investments and to check conformity with development policy goals, we were commissioned by the German Reconstruction Loan Corporation (KfW) to look critically at all technical and financial aspects of the Neyveli Lignite Mine and to evaluate the socio-economic conditions and general acceptance vis-à-vis the energy utility Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd. In this connection, we checked the technical facilities, the investment concept and the extraction concept, and then conducted an economic viability study by means of cost-benefit analyses and cash flow calculations. In addition, the funding requirements for upgrading production equipment were identified.

    Our services

    • Survey of present situation
    • Conducting an environmental impact assessment
    • Exploration of deposits
    • Preliminary study
    • Management consultancy

    Technical data

    • Annual output of lignite mine: 40 million tons

    Client

    KfW Bankengruppe
  • Geothermal sector strategy, Ethiopia Geothermal sector strategy, Ethiopia

    Geothermal sector strategy, Ethiopia

    As part of the Ethiopian Scaling up Renewable Energy Program (SREP), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) drew up a long-term strategy for the geothermal sector, from which recommendations for developing geothermal energy in Ethiopia would be derived. The services Fichtner provided were to develop the long-term strategy for the geothermal sector under consideration of the necessary development potential of the geothermal business environment on government level and various institutions, so as to initiate and ensure symbiosis of geothermal developers over the long term.

    Our services

    • Strategy consulting
    • Development of rules and framework conditions
    • PSP strategy
    • Financial modeling
    • Workshops and training courses

    Client

    IFC International Finance Corporation, Washington D.C., USA
  • Due diligence of a portfolio of thermal waste treatment plants, Germany, Netherlands Due diligence of a portfolio of thermal waste treatment plants, Germany, Netherlands

    Due diligence of a portfolio of thermal waste treatment plants, Germany, Netherlands

    Fichtner is mandated by its client, a European financial investor, to identify the technical risks of 18 thermal waste-treatment plants and assess them monetarily. The consulting services cover the assessment of power plant system und environmental aspects, formulation of an OPEX / CAPEX model, identification of cost cutting and value added potential as well as recommendations for the bid.

    Our services

    • Q&A sessions
    • Site visits
    • Expert interviews
    • OPEX /CAPEX model
    • Red flag report
    • Technical and environmental due diligence report

    Client

    EQT Infrastructure Limited, St Peter Port, Guernsey
  • Implementation of an integrated geographical and facility information system, Germany Implementation of an integrated geographical and facility information system, Germany

    Implementation of an integrated geographical and facility information system, Germany

    The network service division of the Upper Hesse public utility (OVAG) and ovag Netz AG are merging and expanding existing IT systems to create an integrated geographical and facility information system – GIS/BIS. Alongside geographical network and facility documentation, the new GIS/BIS is to be used in particular for administering and updating technical data on equipment and installations. For maintenance scheduling and contract administration, the SAP modules PM (Plant Maintenance) and MRS (Multi-Resource Scheduling) are to be linked to this system. Other system applications at OVAG, like network calculation, CRM (Customer Relations Management) and real estate management are integrated via interfaces.

    Our services

    • Project management
    • Setup of technical specification
    • Technical design
    • Design and setup of data migration

    Technical data

    • Oracle 11g database
    • GINIUS 3.1 (GIS-System by Intergraph)
    • TBM 4.1 (Asset data management System by Energiesysteme Nord)

    Client

    Oberhessische Versorgungsbetriebe AG (OVAG), Friedberg, Germany
  • Kraftwerk Navoi, Usbekistan New construction of a combined cycle power plant, Uzbekistan

    New construction of a combined cycle power plant, Uzbekistan

    Under Japanese government financing, the state-owned Uzbek energy supply utility, SJSC Uzbekenergo, is planning to construct a new combined cycle power plant. This is to be located at the existing Navoi Power Plant site in the south of the country. Under a joint venture with Tokyo Electric Power Services Company, Fichtner as Owner’s Engineer assists Uzbekenergo throughout the engineering and construction phases.

    Our services

    • Check of concept
    • Assistance in tendering and award of the EPC contract
    • General project management
    • Site supervision and supervision of commissioning

    Technical data

    • Rating of Navoi II combined cycle power plant: 450 MW

    Client

    SJSC Uzbekenergo, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Power Sector Master Plan, Afghanistan Power Sector Master Plan, Afghanistan

    Power Sector Master Plan, Afghanistan

    With the aim of a coordinated reconstruction and development of the Afghani energy sector, the Afghani government called for a harmonized and agreed energy master plan setting out priorities, time frame and costs. Its emphasis is to identify future load centers and predict energy demand over the coming 20 years. A strategy is worked out to meet the growing power demand by both in-country generation under consideration of local fuel availability and by power imports. A further aspect is to expand the power grid to connect the intended load centers. The planned involvement of the Afghani government, development organizations and private enterprise in the energy sector is investigated.

    Our services

    • Study in preparation for drawing up the master plan
    • Drawing up a transmission grid development plan
    • Analysis of economic aspects of PPAs with neighboring countries
    • Analysis of sector interventions by the Afghani government and other participants

    Client

    Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines
  • Power Sector Revitalization Project, Malawi Power Sector Revitalization Project, Malawi

    Power Sector Revitalization Project, Malawi

    Through its Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the USA is financing a project in Malawi to revitalize the country´s power sector and thus raise the availability and reliability of the electricity supply. In the context of this energy project that up to now is the biggest in the country, Fichtner acts as Owner’s Engineer for new construction and rehabilitation of various transmission lines and switchgear installations as well as a hydropower plant.

    Our services

    • Preparing a feasibility study
    • Drawing up specifications and compiling tender documents
    • Environmental impact assessments
    • Site supervision

    Technical data

    • Transmission line voltage levels: 400, 132, 66, 33, 11 kV
    • Transformer substations: 400/132, 132/66/33/11, 66/33, 66/11, 33/11 kV
    • Hydropower plant rating: 36 MW

    Client

    Millennium Challenge Account – Malawi (MCA-Malawi)
  • Owner’s Engineer for a 66 MW wind energy project, Jordan Owner’s Engineer for a 66 MW wind energy project, Jordan

    Owner’s Engineer for a 66 MW wind energy project, Jordan

    In the south of Jordan a wind farm with 33 turbines each of 2 MW is being erected. The Jordan Ministry of Energy contracted Fichtner to prepare the plant conceptual design and draw up the tender documents, evaluate the bids and provide assistance during contract negotiations. Additionally, Fichtner ran a check of the environmental and social impact of the installations and undertook network studies to analyze the wind farm's impact on the HV grid. Throughout the construction period, we monitor and coordinate the activities of the general contractor.

    Our services

    • Site Selection and plant conceptual design
    • Grid network studies
    • Support during tendering bid evaluation and contract negotiation
    • Project management
    • Detailed design review and approval
    • Construction and commissioning supervision
    • Acceptance tests and verification of plant operation
    • Evaluation of O&M performance on annual basis

    Technical data

    • 33 x 2 MW wind turbines

    Client

    MEMR - Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, Amman, Jordan
  • Planning a solar test facility, Qatar Planning a solar test facility, Qatar

    Planning a solar test facility, Qatar

    The client is developing a facility for demonstrating and testing solar technologies at Qatar Science & Technology Park. The aim is to gather data on the performance and operability of solar energy technologies, focusing on the effect of local conditions in Qatar and the Gulf Region on their performance. Fichtner previously had been retained by GreenGulf to undertake conceptual engineering of the test facility. Under a further assignment Fichtner assists in planning, technical specifications, detail engineering, acceptance and commissioning.

    Our services

    • Conceptual engineering
    • General layout of the test site and infrastructure planning for PV, CPV and various solar thermal testing areas
    • Technical specifications
    • Design review and approval
    • Detail planning of electrical infrastructure of the test site
    • Technical support during construction and commissioning
    • Support during start-up and optimization
    • Development of IT evaluation tools

    Client

    Chevron Qatar Energy Technology QSTP-B, Doha, Qatar
  • Rapid assessment tool for sustainable sediment management, worldwide Rapid assessment tool for sustainable sediment management, worldwide

    Rapid assessment tool for sustainable sediment management, worldwide

    To counteract the increasing problem of reservoir silting, Fichtner, together with the World Bank, develops the new Reservoir Conservation (RESCON) approach to identify economically optimal and technically viable approaches to sustainably manage reservoirs for water supply and hydropower generation. The purpose of the software used for the RESCON approach is to assist water resource developers and engineers in preliminary screening of candidate sediment management options.

    Our services

    • Analysis and adaptation of the existing RESCOM model
    • Simulation of sediment management strategies for specific reservoirs
    • Follow-up assessment of the impact of climate change on reservoir sustainability
    • Development of the software tool

    Client

    The World Bank, Washington D.C., USA
  • Bank protection and flood control program, Bangladesh Bank protection and flood control program, Bangladesh

    Bank protection and flood control program, Bangladesh

    Prompted by the frequency of flooding events, the Bangladesh Water Development Board has, with financial support from the World Bank, instituted the “River Bank Improvement Program” for flood control. Fichtner is helping the government water agency to prepare for and implement this program. In an initial project phase, we prepared a technical feasibility study, an economic analysis, environmental and social impact studies, a relocation concept, an O&M concept, the monitoring/evaluation framework and a finance administration system. We also prepared the detail planning.

    Our services

    • Feasibility study
    • Detailed engineering and final design
    • Drawing up tender documents, conducting the tendering process with tender evaluation and assistance in contract award
    • Data collection and analysis
    • Economic and financial analyses
    • Socio-economic and sociological studies
    • Topographic survey, subsoil investigations and geotechnical calculations
    • Hydrological and morphological investigations
    • Conducting an environmental impact assessment

    Technical data

    • Two river sections: 26 km and 24 km
    • Design flow: 110,000 m³/s; 4.5 m/s

    Client

    Bangladesh Water Development Board BWDB, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Wastewater recycling in the City of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Wastewater recycling in the City of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Wastewater recycling in the City of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Due to the huge growth of the Saudi Arabian capital, fresh water resources have become scarce. Fichtner has therefore been awarded a contract to prepare a master plan for the City of Riyadh with the aim of ensuring an effective and sustainable use of treated effluent and other sources of reclaimed water. Investigations were underway for reuse of this water primarily for agriculture, but for other purposes, too, like in industry or for irrigating greened areas. Also being studied was how groundwater reserves can be recharged with the treated wastewater.

    Our services

    • Economic and financial analyses; socio-economic studies
    • Subsoil investigations
    • Data collection and analysis
    • Hydrogeological studies and hydraulic investigations
    • Preparing a master plan
    • Pre-feasibility study and preliminary design

    Technical data

    • Available treated sewage effluent: 1,750,000 m³/day by 2024
    • Present drinking water supply: 1.4 million m³/day
    • Length of main lines (DN 2,200 to 2,500 mm): 185 km
    • Length of secondary lines: (DN 600 to 1,000 mm): 203 km

    Client

    Arriyadh Development Authority, Arriyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Outdoor test bench for gas turbines and compressors, Germany Outdoor test bench for gas turbines and compressors, Germany

    Outdoor test bench for gas turbines and compressors, Germany

    A mechanical engineering company built an outdoor test bench for gas turbines and compressors. For safety reasons, an outdoor facility with variable roof construction was selected. Fichtner undertook general engineering for the civil works, service lines and connections, process engineering, electrical engineering and I&C, and undertook all services phases for facilities planning and structural engineering, through detailed engineering up to bid solicitation and site supervision. Fichtner also took charge of project management and coordination of the general contractor.

    Our services

    • Planning of buildings and installations plus structural planning
    • Media supply and exhaust system, including process and system planning
    • Planning of electrical and I&C systems
    • Project steering and coordination of general contractor
    • General services for engineering structures
    • General services for traffic infrastructure
    • General services for structural planning
    • General services for technical installations

    Client

    Confidential
  • Optimization of asset management of a water utility, Germany Optimization of asset management of a water utility, Germany

    Optimization of asset management of a water utility, Germany

    The project aim was to upgrade the foundations and the systems of existing asset management practices and so raise transparency both within the company and externally, increase sustainability, and enhance the utility of investment and rehabilitation decisions. This was attained by applying the organizational principles of asset management together with the precepts of organizational development and process optimization as well as specialist concepts for operative asset management. The outcome was a newly conceived executive organization for the entire company. At the same time, the understanding of the roles between asset management and asset service was brought into sharp focus.

    Our services

    • Definition of a process model
    • Creation of a process resource matrix
    • Analysis of personnel and non-personnel costs using Mekko Graphics
    • Identification of fields of activity and ranking these in order of priority
    • Working out and documenting plans of action
    • Ranking measures in order of priority
    • Evaluation of measures regarding their impact on the profit and loss account
    • Working out a communications concept
    • Drawing up an implementation roadmap

    Client

    Harzwasserwerke GmbH, Hildesheim, Germany
  • Conceptual design and oversight of the Baden-Württemberg Smart Grids Platform, Germany Conceptual design and oversight of the Baden-Württemberg Smart Grids Platform, Germany

    Conceptual design and oversight of the Baden-Württemberg Smart Grids Platform, Germany

    To properly fulfill energy-political and economic development needs, the Baden-Württemberg government initiated setting up of the state Smart Grids Platform (SGP). This serves as a high level management system for the various working groups and also as a communications tool. For this challenging project, the State Ministry of the Environment awarded a joint contract to Fichtner and the Oeko-Institut (institute for applied ecology).

    Our services

    • Preparing and conducting workshops with different project groups
    • Organizing presentations of the Baden-Württemberg Road Map for Smart Grids and the Smart Grids Platform
    • Dissemination of the roadmap externally
    • Supporting players in the development of Smart Grids projects
    • Consultation on possibilities for continuation of work on the institutional level

    Client

    Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • FKIS rolling stock and component information system, Germany FKIS rolling stock and component information system, Germany

    FKIS rolling stock and component information system, Germany

    The German Federal Railway Authority (Eisenbahn-Bundesamt - EBA), as regulators, maintains Germany’s rolling stock register. Fichtner IT Consulting designed and set up the information system for entering data on and workflow-based administration of all rolling stock registered in Germany as one of EBA’s tasks. The system provides owners with an online application for registration and possesses a data warehouse component for statistical evaluations. It is also hooked up to the European Centralized Virtual Vehicle Register (ECVVR) of the European Railway Agency.

    Our services

    • Technical design
    • Implementation
    • Quality management
    • Implementation in EBA‘s IT environment

    Technical data

    • Methodology: V-Modell XT
    • Technology: WEB application based on Fabasoft
    • Oracle, Oracle APEX
    • DOWEBA interface (document and workflow management system)
    • SAGA - Standards and Architectures in eGovernment Applications

    Client

    Federal Railway Authority (EBA), Bonn, Germany
  • Kpone 230 MW GT Power Plant, Ghana Kpone 230 MW GT Power Plant, Ghana

    Kpone 230 MW GT Power Plant, Ghana

    A 230 MWe simple cycle gas turbine power plant fired with fuel gas and distillate oil as backup fuel was built in Tema, near Accra. Zakhem Construction Ghana Ltd. was retained by the Ghanaian Ministry of Energy as EPC contractor. Zakhem contracted Fichtner to provide services for all engineering disciplines and to coordinate construction. The project was broken down into four main lots: gas turbine generator with its auxiliaries; mechanical balance of plant; electrical balance of plant; and civil works.

    Our services

    • Basic engineering
    • Detailed design
    • Preparation of tender documents
    • Evaluation of tenders
    • Preparation of process, mechanical, electrical, architectural, civil/structural, and I&C drawings, calculations and specifications
    • Construction management

    Technical data

    • 2 x Alstom 115 MWe 11/N2 gas turbines

    Client

    Zakhem Construction Ghana Ltd., Tema, Ghana
  • New power distribution grid control centers, Sudan New power distribution grid control centers, Sudan

    New power distribution grid control centers, Sudan

    The Sudanese power distribution company whose supply territory is North Sudan, needs new dispatch centers for its distribution system. Fichtner was retained to investigate seven regions and undertake a feasibility study to determine in which of these new dispatch centers are required or could be amalgamated. In a first step, three new regional dispatch centers with state-of-the-art distributed network control systems and IP-based communication technology are erected.

    Our services

    • Planning, tendering and contract award for supplies and services
    • Site supervision during implementation
    • Project oversight up to the end of the guarantee period
    • Intensive program for training the client’s staff for their new tasks in project management and network control technology

    Technical data

    • 33 kV / 11 kV

    Client

    SEDC Sudanese Electricity Distribution Company, Khartoum, Sudan
  • Master plan for transport of refined petroleum products, Mauritania Master plan for transport of refined petroleum products, Mauritania

    Master plan for transport of refined petroleum products, Mauritania

    The Mauritanian transport sector for refinery products is characterized by substantial shortcomings in tanker trucks, ships, port logistics, rail transport and pipelines. This concerns not only the regulatory regime, cost, quality, safety and efficiency, but also competition and the investment behavior of private investors. For this reason, the World Bank is supporting this project, in which Fichtner, in a first step, is analyzing the present condition of the transport sector in addition to identifying technical improvements and cost-reduction measures. In a further step, we will develop a master plan for the period to 2022.

    Our services

    • Investigation of transport sector for refinery products
    • Development of a transport master plan for the period up to 2022
    • Recommendations for regulations for hydrocarbon transportation
    • Diversification of safety, security of supply, environmental aspects and costs
    • Development of approaches to encourage private investment

    Client

    Ministère du Petrole, de l'Energie et des Mines, Nouakchott, Mauritania
  • Due diligence audits, site supervision and operation monitoring for PV power plants, Chile Due diligence audits, site supervision and operation monitoring for PV power plants, Chile

    Due diligence audits, site supervision and operation monitoring for PV power plants, Chile

    In Northern Chile a number of large-scale photovoltaic power plants are now under development. As Lender’s Engineer for the financing banks, Fichtner conducted due diligence audits for several of these projects. With installed ratings of 50 to 100 MWp these are currently the biggest photovoltaic projects in Latin America. Following signing of the financing agreement we additionally provide technical support during execution, acceptance tests up to commissioning, and technical monitoring during operation.

    Our services

    • Technical Due Diligence,
    • Yield assessment
    • PV plant layout and design
    • Substation design
    • Grid stability studies
    • Check of permits (RCA & others)
    • Supervision of the construction and the acceptance tests
    • Monitoring of operation

    Technical data

    • Capacities: 50 - 100 MWp

    Client

    Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Washington D.C., USA,
    Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C., USA
  • Ain Beni Mathar Integrated Solar Combined Cycle Power Plant, Morocco Ain Beni Mathar Integrated Solar Combined Cycle Power Plant, Morocco

    Ain Beni Mathar Integrated Solar Combined Cycle Power Plant, Morocco

    The Ain Beni Mathar solar hybrid power plant in Northeast Morocco, funded by the World Bank and the African Development Bank, with two gas turbines and one steam turbine as well as a solar field with two heat exchanger loops can generate approximately 3500 GWh of electrical energy over a year. This plant is tied into the national grid via a 225 kV transmission line. Fichtner conducted a feasibility study and prepared implementation planning. As Owner’s Engineer Fichtner was then awarded a contract by the national electricity supply utility, for support during project implementation and the two-year guaranty period.

    Our services

    • Review of plant concept
    • Workshop reception
    • Supervision of erection
    • Supervision of commissioning
    • Check of plant performance during warranty period

    Technical data

    • Total installed capacity: 472 MWe
    • Solar collector field: 183.000 m²
    • Cylindrical parabolic mirrors
    • Total electricity production: 3,538 GWh/a
    • Solar electricity production: 40 GWh/a

    Client

    ONE Office National de l'Electricité, Casablanca, Morocco
  • Long-term strategy for statewide green energy supply, Germany Long-term strategy for statewide green energy supply, Germany

    Long-term strategy for statewide green energy supply, Germany

    The Ministry of the Environment of Rhineland-Palatinate contracted Fichtner to draw up a "Lead Scenario 2030" for the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. On the basis of the State´s key energy and climate policy objectives and assuming a range of development scenarios, the study shows how, through a long-term strategy for energy conservation, raising energy efficiency, expanding renewable energies and increasing the share of on-premises power supply, a secure, affordable and low-carbon energy supply can be attained.

    Our services

    • Establishment of an energy system model for Rhineland-Palatinate
    • Compilation of the study ‘Lead Scenario 2030 for Rhineland-Palatinate’

    Client

    Ministerium für Umwelt Forsten und Verbraucherschutz Rheinland-Pfalz, Mayence, Germany
  • Expansion and modernization of a seawater desalination plant, Qatar Expansion and modernization of a seawater desalination plant, Qatar

    Expansion and modernization of a seawater desalination plant, Qatar

    Qatar Electricity and Water Company has been selected as the preferred bidder by the State owned off-taker Kahramaa to build, own and operate (BOO basis) a new MSF desalination plant. QEWC engaged Fichtner as Owner’s Engineer for project management, design review and site supervision. The site for this will be Ras Abu Fontas (RAF) Stations. The steam raising plant will be located in RAF B/B2. Other facilities like seawater intake and pump house as well as the desalination units will be located in the RAF A area.

    Our services

    • Project management
    • Design review
    • Factory inspections
    • Construction and commissioning phase services
    • Services during the warranty period

    Technical data

    • Desalination capacity: approx. 160,000 m³/d
    • Plant type: multistage flash desalination

    Client

    QWEC Qatar Electricity and Water Company (Q.S.C), Doha, Qatar
  • Construction of new A380 docking facilities at Frankfurt Airport, Germany Construction of new A380 docking facilities at Frankfurt Airport, Germany

    Construction of new A380 docking facilities at Frankfurt Airport, Germany

    For provision of the on-site infrastructure of new docking facilities for the A380 Airbus at Frankfurt Airport, Fichtner was entrusted with planning the apron of area 74,000 m², including a 400 Hz electricity supply for three parking bays as well as other outdoor facilities with roads, laydown areas and vehicle parks, totaling 30,000 m², to include lighting. Also planned were central services supply and disposal networks for rainwater (in three subnetworks), sanitary wastewater, drinking and service water, group heating and cable conduits as well as the control building of area 460 m² together with gate/barrier systems and perimeter fencing for the entire compound. On the basis of the officially approved plans, Fichtner was responsible for overall planning, general project management, site supervision and project oversight for the apron, outdoor facilities, central services supply and waste disposal facilities, as well as the central control location.

    Our services

    • Overall planning, general project management
    • Site supervision and project oversight

    Client

    Lufthansa Technik Logistik GmbH, Germany
  • Groundwater exclusion trough under an autobahn, Germany Groundwater exclusion trough under an autobahn, Germany

    Groundwater exclusion trough under an autobahn, Germany

    The Rhine Valley rail line is being expanded to four tracks to relieve congestion on the Karlsruhe to Basel line. Local and goods traffic uses the modernized existing section while the new tracks are intended for high-speed long-distance travel. The future tracks of the new ICE section pass under the A5 Autobahn. For safety reasons, the new section must run under the bridge of the A5 Autobahn with a minimum height clearance of 8 m. This means that this new section has to be laid up to 2 m deeper than the tracks of the parallel Rhine Valley line. Because of the high water table in this section, this structure is built as a watertight concrete trough.

    Our services

    • Project planning for engineering structures
    • Structural engineering
    • Final design
    • Documentation of existing structures

    Technical data

    • Groundwater exclusion trough: 675 m long, 13 m wide and depth down to 4 m

    Client

    Ed. Züblin AG, Germany
  • Functional review of government agencies for the mining and gas sector, Mozambique Functional review of government agencies for the mining and gas sector, Mozambique

    Functional review of government agencies for the mining and gas sector, Mozambique

    In view of the abundant mineral resources in Mozambique and in response to a request from the Mozambique government, the World Bank has launched a program to strengthen the country’s gas and mining sectors. Fichtner was commissioned by the Bank to prepare a study on the institutional structure as well as measures for strengthening government agencies and ministries concerned with mineral resources. While giving consideration to the growth of these sectors, we undertook a functional diagnosis, focusing on clients, objectives and responsibilities, organizational structures and procedures as well as human, technical and financial capacities. In a comprehensive end-of-project report, we made recommendations for reforming the organizational structure together with personnel development. At a workshop addressing the needs of the whole country, these recommendations were presented and discussed with all relevant ministries and government agencies as well as the World Bank.

    Our services

    • Institutional review of functions of ministries and institutes of the mining and gas sector
    • Inventory of facilities and equipment required to implement the institutional reform
    • Recommendations for reforms of the organizational structure and human resources development

    Client

    The World Bank, Washington D.C., USA
  • IT systems for load management and operation monitoring, Austria IT systems for load management and operation monitoring, Austria

    IT systems for load management and operation monitoring, Austria

    Fichtner IT Consulting assisted the district heating system operator in working out a strategic concept for further development of IT systems for load management and operation monitoring. The focus was on specifying robust structures and interfaces with improved integration of I&C and automation technologies into IT systems and, as far as possible under the constraints of stringent safety and dependability aspects, system-wide information flows.

    Our services

    • Drawing up a strategic concept
    • Definition of a road map for implemantation

    Client

    Fernwärme Wien GmbH, Vienna, Austria
  • Strengthening generation expansion planning and policy making capacity in the hydropower sector, Laos Strengthening generation expansion planning and policy making capacity in the hydropower sector, Laos

    Strengthening generation expansion planning and policy making capacity in the hydropower sector, Laos

    Due to the rapidly growing domestic demand and dynamic electricity markets in and around Laos, Fichtner supported the Government of Lao PDR in developing the hydropower planning and management capacity needed to ensure long-term sustainability of water resource management and the hydropower sector. Fichtner developed and applied a methodology for assessing avoided generation cost when purchasing power from BOT projects, developed and applied a least-cost power generation expansion model, and provided capacity building through training in the application of these planning tools and methods.

    Our services

    • Development and application of a methodology for assessing avoided generation
    • Development and application of a least-cost power generation expansion model
    • Capacity building through training Department of Energy Policy Planning (DEPP) staff

    Client

    Ministry of Energy and Mines of Laos, Vientiane, Laos
  • Least cost power development plan, Liberia Least cost power development plan, Liberia

    Least cost power development plan, Liberia

    The project aim is to develop the contents and propose a time sequence for financially, politically and socially viable implementation of a ‘Least Cost Power Development Plan’ to ensure sustainable development of the Liberian power sector over a 20 year planning period. The contents elaborated are based on and fully consistent with the macroeconomic, energy and environmental policies set by the Liberian Government, and represent the optimum solutions from the country’s perspective.

    Our services

    • Assessment of present national power sector situation
    • Assessment of national natural energy resources
    • Power demand forecast
    • Power generation projects for supply to the national grid
    • Methodology for least cost generation planning
    • Definition of target network projects and optimization of the future transmission system
    • Summary of Liberian 20 year Least Cost Power Development Plan

    Client

    Liberia Electricity Corporation, Monrovia, Liberia
  • Energy-economic assessment of industrial energy storage, Germany Energy-economic assessment of industrial energy storage, Germany

    Energy-economic assessment of industrial energy storage, Germany

    For the project “Development concept for energy storage in Lower Saxony” Fichtner was retained to present the operating principles of various industrial-scale energy storage technologies, such as pumped storage hydropower, compressed air storage and hydrogen storage, including “unconventional” storage, such as gravity power energy storage, to analyze their potential in terms of storage performance and capacity and to examine the feasibility of developing and operating these storage systems.

    Our services

    • Analysis of principles of operation of storage technologies
    • Analysis of potential storage capacities
    • Feasibility checks
    • Ranking the storage systems by priority
    • Profitability comparison of the investigated technologies

    Client

    Innovationszentrum Niedersachsen Strategie und Ansiedlung GmbH, Hanover, Germany
  • HGÜ-Verbindung Malaysia - Sumatra HVDC link between Indonesia and Malaysia

    HVDC link between Indonesia and Malaysia

    Malaysia and Indonesia plan to construct a new 500 kV power transmission link between the two countries using high-voltage direct current (HVDC) technology with a transmission rating of 600 MW. The two HVDC converter stations at the Malaysian coast and on the Indonesian island of Sumatra are to be connected by two undersea cables plus two overhead transmission lines. Fichtner has been assigned with preparation of network studies, project management and further engineering services.

    Our services

    • System studies as the basis for functional specifications and engineering
    • Drawing up EPC tender documents
    • Evaluation of tender submissions and finalization of EPC contract
    • Project management
    • Construction supervision and commissioning
    • Staff training

    Technical data

    • 600 MW HVDC connection at 500 kV
    • Submarine connection for two HVDC cables: 6 km and 53 km
    • HVDC overhead lines: 52 km and 150 km

    Client

    TNB Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Deponie Kusadasi Technical support and site supervision for a regional waste management project, Turkey

    Technical support and site supervision for a regional waste management project, Turkey

    The EU-financed Solid Waste Management Project in Kusadasi District encompassed construction of a new 36 ha landfill with a total capacity of 1,500,000 m³ together with a pilot sorting and composting plant, as well as provision of recycling centers in each of the participating communities of the Kus-Atak Municipal Union. Furthermore, five waste landfills were rehabilitated or closed, and the collection systems for household waste and recyclable materials optimized.

    Our services

    • Tender evaluation and assistance in contract award for construction of a new landfill
    • Construction supervision as ‘The Engineer’, as defined in the FIDIC Red Book rules
    • Planning and compilation of tender documents in accordance with EU Procurement Guidelines (PRAG) and the FIDIC Red Book for closure of the dumps
    • Institutional set-up of a local authorities association
    • Preparation of tender documents for supply and operation contracts

    Technical data

    • New landfill capacity: 1.5 million m³ on 36 ha

    Client

    CFCU Turkey Central Finance and Contracts Unit, Ankara, Turkey
  • Evaluation of Tuzla Geothermal Power Plant, Turkey Evaluation of Tuzla Geothermal Power Plant, Turkey

    Evaluation of Tuzla Geothermal Power Plant, Turkey

    The client operates a 7.5 MW geothermal power plant in Çanakkale province and, due to the assumed favorable geological conditions, plans to raise production by sinking an additional production well and re-injection well. Fichtner identified the most favorable well locations and prepared conceptual planning to match the reservoir’s predicted geothermal potential and capacity of the geothermal power plant, and then prepared a feasibility study with financial analysis.

    Our services

    • Evaluation of geological and geothermal conditions
    • Evaluation of current geothermal water production and status of the existing production and re-injection wells
    • Evaluation of a numerical 3-D model of the geothermal field
    • Evaluation of well locations for extending production
    • Conceptual heat transport modeling
    • Analysis of available production data
    • Conceptual well design with cost estimate

    Technical data

    • Geothermal power plant rating: 7.5 MW

    Client

    Tuzla Jeotermal Enerji Üretim A.S., Izmir, Turkey
  • Shams One solar thermal power plant, United Arab Emirates Shams One solar thermal power plant, United Arab Emirates

    Shams One solar thermal power plant, United Arab Emirates

    The Shams One 100 MWe solar collector plant in Abu Dhabi is one of the biggest solar thermal facilities in the world. Acting as technical consultant, Fichtner initially supported the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (ADFEC/MASDAR) in the project development phase. We were responsible for feasibility study, detail engineering and drafting of tender documents, and also oversaw the transaction through to contract award. As owner´s engineer, Fichtner is responsible for project management, design review of the EPC contractor´s documents as well as supervision of construction and commissioning.

    Our services

    • Feasibility study
    • Conceptual design
    • Tender documents for IPP and bid evaluation
    • Design review
    • Interface coordination
    • Witnessing of equipment acceptance tests at manufacturers’ workshops
    • Construction management with site supervision
    • Supervision of commissioning

    Technical data

    • Total net capacity with booster heating: 109.3 MWe
    • Solar field area: 627,840 m²

    Client

    Shams Power Company PJSC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Governance for a fire protection project in a nuclear power plant, Germany Governance for a fire protection project in a nuclear power plant, Germany

    Governance for a fire protection project in a nuclear power plant, Germany

    On behalf of a leading German energy supply utility, Fichtner provides consultancy on management and organization for implementing a fire protection project in a nuclear power plant. Because fire protection is a complex area encompassing many disciplines, it requires high project management capabilities, a general comprehension of the issues involved and many years of experience. The objective of our brief was to ensure on-time handling of the client's project with effective project management and know-how transfer to the client's staff.

    Our services

    • Consultancy on strategy and project
    • Project management
    • Resource management
    • Budgetary control and performance monitoring
    • Scheduling management
    • Multi-project management

    Client

    Private-sector supply utility
  • Adoption of an information security management system (ISMS) to ISO 27001, Germany Adoption of an information security management system (ISMS) to ISO 27001, Germany

    Adoption of an information security management system (ISMS) to ISO 27001, Germany

    For many years, Schwäbisch Hall’s municipal utilities have been addressing the issues of IT security specifically for network control, with evaluation of IT architectures and IT solutions as well as analysis and subsequent upgrading of the network control procedures. Fichtner IT Consulting assists the utilities with successive assessments in accordance with the German Association of Energy and Water Resources (BDEW) White Paper and NERC-CIP. In view of the prescribed ISO 27001 certification of the supply utilities, Fichtner also supports them in the area of network control to attain this certification.

    Our services

    • Evaluation of IT architectures and solutions for network control
    • Analysis of implementation and operating regime of the network control system
    • Assessments in accordance with BDEW White Paper, IEC/TS 62443-1-1 and NERC-CIP
    • Supplier workshops for upgrading the control system under the aspect of IT security
    • Support in the area of network control for ISMS certification to ISO 27001

    Client

    Stadtwerke Schwäbisch Hall GmbH, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
  • Techno-economic appraisal: financial loss assessment for a power plant, Europe Techno-economic appraisal: financial loss assessment for a power plant, Europe

    Techno-economic appraisal: financial loss assessment for a power plant, Europe

    In connection with civil litigation relating to construction of a new power plant, Fichtner evaluates what, if any, financial damage resulted from delays in commissioning the plant and assesses the various methods of determining alleged damages that have been cited by the opposing party at different times. The outcome is an independent estimate of the damages with expert assessments for use in settlement negotiations and during court proceedings.

    Our services

    • Economic loss evaluation
    • Power plant dispatch and power market modeling
    • Assessment of sales/trading strategies
  • Elaboration of a renewable energies master plan, Bhutan Elaboration of a renewable energies master plan, Bhutan

    Elaboration of a renewable energies master plan, Bhutan

    With funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Bhutan is planning to increasingly promote renewable energies. In this context, Fichtner has been awarded a contract by the ADB to develop a master plan. For this purpose, we analyze the potentials of wind, solar and bioenergy as well as small hydropower within the country. We identify obstacles to establishing a sustainable energy supply and work out solutions for overcoming these.

    Our services

    • Analysis of the current situation of renewable energy utilization in Bhutan
    • Determination of the renewable energy utilization potential
    • Identification of implementation barriers
    • Development of implementation guidelines, rules & regulations
    • Development of a long-term roadmap for implementation of the master plan

    Client

    Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines
  • Implementation and introduction of an Integrated Energy Management System, Austria Implementation and introduction of an Integrated Energy Management System, Austria

    Implementation and introduction of an Integrated Energy Management System, Austria

    To provide optimum support for planning and operational tasks, the Austrian energy utility commissioned us to implement and introduce an energy use database, a powerful energy use optimization system, and a forecasting tool. To achieve these tasks, commercially available systems and in-house solutions (“EMSY-KWK” and “Prognose”) were customized and implemented.

    Our services

    • Porting of the INES Integrated Energy Management System
    • Introduction of a database for evaluating, analyzing and updating all energy-related data
    • Introduction of an energy use optimization system

    Client

    Energie AG Oberösterreich, Gmunden, Austria
  • SCADA/EMS upgrade, design, construction and supervision, Kenya SCADA/EMS upgrade, design, construction and supervision, Kenya

    SCADA/EMS upgrade, design, construction and supervision, Kenya

    Within the framework of this project, Kenya Power and Lighting Company upgraded and renewed their entire SCADA/EMS and associated communication network. The SCADA/EMS consists of a national dispatch centre in Nairobi and four regional control centres. Following the feasibility study Fichtner provided owner’s engineering services from the tendering phase to commissioning and assisted during the defect liability period.

    Our services

    • Feasibility study
    • Drawing up tender documents
    • Tender evaluation and assistance in contract negotiations
    • Review and approval of Contractor’s design, technical calculations and drawings
    • Factory acceptance tests
    • Construction supervision and supervision of commissioning
    • Site acceptance tests including performance tests
    • Contract management
    • Assistance during the defect liability period

    Client

    KPLC Kenya Power and Lighting Co. Ltd., Nairobi, Kenya
  • Transaction structure for privately financed geothermal projects, Indonesia Transaction structure for privately financed geothermal projects, Indonesia

    Transaction structure for privately financed geothermal projects, Indonesia

    The Indonesian Government plans to restructure the geothermal sector with the aim of better exploiting the country´s extensive geothermal resources and to improve the flow of private capital to construct geothermal power plants. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources contracted Fichtner to draw up competitive tendering procedures with standard documents for developing geothermal sites for which concessions have not yet been awarded. A further job package concerns developing incentives for expansion of power generation capacities in geothermal fields that have already been assigned to investors.

    Our services

    • Design a complete set of procedures for competitive tendering for geothermal development sites at geothermal fields for which concessions have not yet been granted (greenfields)
    • Design and prepare an incentive package that would catalyze expansion of power generation capacity in existing geothermal fields already allocated to specific developers (brownfields)

    Client

    MoE Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
  • Permit management for a coal-fired power plant, Germany Permit management for a coal-fired power plant, Germany

    Permit management for a coal-fired power plant, Germany

    Following a comparison of sites, for three locations, Fichtner undertook all permit management functions for the coal-fired power plant in Wilhelmshaven on behalf of the client. Key activities are holding consultations with regulatory agencies, tendering for and awarding contracts for expert appraisals, preparing scoping hearings, drawing up and coordinating permit applications, preparing for and conducting official hearings, and overseeing monitoring programs. During construction and commissioning, Fichtner tracked compliance with the permit conditions.

    Our services

    • Permit management and oversight of technical planning
    • Compiling scoping papers and conducting scoping hearings
    • Coordinating land-use plan procedures
    • Tendering for and selecting expert assessors
    • Reviewing expert appraisals
    • Coordinating official hearings
    • Drawing up and updating a series of applications under the German Pollution Control Act (BImSchG) and Water Management Act (WHG)
    • Evaluation of and responding to comments and opinion reports
    • Preparing for and conducting official hearings

    Technical data

    • Coal-fired power plants of the 800 MW class

    Client

    GDF SUEZ Energie Deutschland AG, Berlin, Germany
  • Waste management concepts and feasibility studies for climate protection, Indonesia Waste management concepts and feasibility studies for climate protection, Indonesia

    Waste management concepts and feasibility studies for climate protection, Indonesia

    With the aim of achieving cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, KfW is financing the municipal climate protection program “Emission Reduction in Cities ‒ Solid Waste Management”. In this connection, Fichtner was entrusted with identifying prompt waste management measures with the greatest CDM potential for eleven Indonesian towns and cities. In the first project phase, for each municipality, the present situation and most urgent measures were identified. In the second phase, feasibility studies were prepared for the recommended measures and programs were initiated for expanding their waste management departments. Under a further contract, Fichtner assisted planning, tendering for and supervising new landfill construction, closure of existing landfills and construction of sorting and composting facilities.

    Our services

    • Project management
    • Identification of feasible CDM projects
    • Formulation of waste management options for collection, recycling, treatment and final disposal
    • Definition of institutional and operational structures
    • Private sector involvement with determination of PPP potential
    • Conceptual designs for fast track facilities: landfill, compost plant, sorting plant, transfer stations
    • Administrative capacity development planning
    • Design, tendering and site supervision

    Technical data

    • 11 target cities with populations of between 100,000 and 2 million
    • Municipal solid waste (MSW) generation: about 2 million t/a

    Client

    Ministry of Public Works Directorate General of Human Settlements, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
  • Independent expert opinion on solar module wafers, Europe Independent expert opinion on solar module wafers, Europe

    Independent expert opinion on solar module wafers, Europe

    The project aim was to prepare an independent expert opinion for arbitration proceedings between manufacturers of monocrystalline wafers and solar modules, resulting from the purchaser’s claim for the amount of silicon used and price adjustments under a long-term supply contract. The services Fichtner provided were the assessment of the contractual stipulations from a technical-commercial perspective, the performing of a comparison with stipulations usual in the market and finally Fichtner commented on the loss and profit argumentation, including price development of wafers.

    Our services

    • Appraisal of contracts and technical specifications
    • Assessment of market
    • Determination of financial damage
  • Asset management concept for a regional electricity producer, Switzerland Asset management concept for a regional electricity producer, Switzerland

    Asset management concept for a regional electricity producer, Switzerland

    The project aim was to develop an asset management concept for a regional Electricity Producer. Fichtner’s services were to bring about a new understanding of roles, adapt the staff-line and procedures organization, work out a new monitoring and control concept, and assess and select asset strategies. The outcome was a new asset and IT concept.

    Our services

    • Adaptation of staff-line and organizational procedures
    • Description of tasks, competencies and responsibilities
    • Determine value drivers
    • Definition of performance indicators
    • Design of reporting system
    • Development and assessment of asset strategies
    • Design of IT-Concept

    Client

    BKW Energie AG, Bern, Switzerland
  • Asset management optimization of a water utility, Germany Asset management optimization of a water utility, Germany

    Asset management optimization of a water utility, Germany

    A German water utility planned to critically examine the implemented and actively promoted values regarding asset management and asset service. For this purpose Fichtner derived four options for the organizational placement of asset management, and their pros and cons were evaluated in this process. Subsequently, the tasks and interfaces between asset management and asset service were defined. Furthermore, essential processes such as that of budgeting were defined, personnel allocation in the area of asset management was estimated and an implementation roadmap was drawn up.

    Our services

    • Description of tasks, competencies and responsibilities
    • Definition of asset management process and budgeting process
    • Interface description for asset management and operation
    • Deriving and assessing organizational options
    • Personnel allocation
    • Development of an implementation plan

    Client

    Emschergenossenschaft Lippeverband, Essen, Germany
  • Comparison of industrial heating costs: solar thermal energy vs. conventional heat generation, Germany Comparison of industrial heating costs: solar thermal energy vs. conventional heat generation, Germany

    Comparison of industrial heating costs: solar thermal energy vs. conventional heat generation, Germany

    With the “Solar Heating Roadmap”, the Federal German Ministry of the Environment developed a strategy to speed up the growth of solar thermal energy in Germany up to 2030 that attests to the substantial potential for expanding solar industrial process heat. For this to become reality, though, solar process heat must be at least as economically attractive as conventional heat generation in natural gas- and oil-fired boiler plants and IC engine cogeneration plants. Fichtner together with the German Solar Industry Association (BSW) undertook a study into the present costs of generating industrial process heat at below 100°C by solar energy in comparison with the costs of conventional technologies and also investigated the prospects for the years 2020 and 2030.

    Our services

    • Determination of costs for generation of industrial process heat by solar energy
    • Comparison with the costs when applying conventional technologies
    • Forecasts for 2020 and 2030 on the competitiveness of solar process heat

    Client

    BSW - Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft e.V., Berlin, Germany
  • Verification Consultant for urban investments in energy efficiency, Serbia Verification Consultant for urban investments in energy efficiency, Serbia

    Verification Consultant for urban investments in energy efficiency, Serbia

    The ‘Municipal Infrastructure Credit Line Programme’ grants loans of up to €75.6 million to banks for passing on to municipalities and public utilities for infrastructure investments in energy efficiency, renewable energies and environmental protection. As Verification Consultant, Fichtner undertakes baseline studies for new complex and non-standard capital investment projects, and conducts energy audits for already realized projects.

    Our services

    • Screening of projects
    • Site visits with walk-through energy audits and selected on-site measurements
    • Energy efficiency calculations and full energy audits
    • Descriptions of and data on building envelopes, heating systems, ventilation systems and hot water preparation
    • Energy balance of system with economic analysis
    • Post-construction energy audits
    • Determining eligible project investment costs and applicable incentives

    Client

    Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Setting up a new load dispatching system in the central electricity system of Mongolia Setting up a new load dispatching system in the central electricity system of Mongolia

    Setting up a new load dispatching system in the central electricity system of Mongolia

    The project objective was to contribute to upgrading power supply reliability and to attain economical dispatching of power generating units in Mongolia’s central electricity system. The program covered the construction of a grid control system with associated telecommunication and metering systems. Fichtner ensured acquisition of the required operational grid data through a SCADA system, prepared basic engineering and drew up technical specifications for the new grid control system. Further, Fichtner provided construction oversight with issuance of acceptance certificates following successful commissioning of systems.

    Our services

    • Basic engineering
    • Technical specifications
    • Project management
    • Construction oversight and commissioning
    • Assistance during operation

    Client

    Fuel and Energy Authority, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Conceptual study of energy recovery from biomass in a dairy, Germany Conceptual study of energy recovery from biomass in a dairy, Germany

    Conceptual study of energy recovery from biomass in a dairy, Germany

    Due to the high demand for heat, in particular in the form of steam, an international manufacturer of dairy products is reviewing options for providing the energy that it needs for the various processes. Planned is construction and operation of a biomass-fired steam turbine power plant with cogeneration of heat and power. Fichtner conducted a conceptual study into available technologies with the aim of generating steam, heat and power by firing biomass and sewage sludge, for which purpose various options and scenarios are investigated and assessed.

    Our services

    • Determination of the energy demand for the site
    • Conceptual study on generating steam, heat and power
    • Comparison of technical options
    • Analysis of treatment and storage of biomass and sewage sludge
    • Initial economic analysis

    Technical data

    • Fuel: biomass, desiccated sewage sludge
    • Uncoupling of electricity, heat, steam

    Client

    Foodstuffs and beverages industry
  • Feasibility study for a wind-PV hybrid power plant, Indonesia Feasibility study for a wind-PV hybrid power plant, Indonesia

    Feasibility study for a wind-PV hybrid power plant, Indonesia

    The biggest state-owned company in Indonesia is planning to develop a hybrid power plant on the basis of wind energy and PV solar for supplying power to one of its refineries. As technical consultant, Fichtner assists in the first major renewable energy project of the state-owned oil company that at the same time is to provide impetus for implementing large-scale wind and PV projects at other company operating sites. The project objective is to provide an overview of feasibility with regard to economic performance and technical aspects.

    Our services

    • Evaluation of meteorological data
    • Selection of location
    • Review of statutory framework conditions
    • Technological appraisal
    • Energy yield assessment
    • Check of grid connection
    • Economic and environmental analyses

    Client

    PT.Pertamina (Persero), Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) for hydropower plants, Sudan Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) for hydropower plants, Sudan

    Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) for hydropower plants, Sudan

    In connection with the feasibility studies for the Shereik and Kajbar hydropower plants, Fichtner has been entrusted with the environmental and social impact assessments. As part of this task climate change impacts were assessed and climate risks analyzed. Additionally, an implementation schedule and environmental management plan are drawn up and an investigation made of the institutional and statutory framework.

    Our services

    • Two full environmental and social impact assessments
    • Review of legal and institutional framework
    • Baseline data survey
    • Comprehensive public consultation plan and program
    • Identification, analysis and assessment of potential impacts of the proposed dam works
    • Preparation of an environmental management plan and resettlement action plan
    • Stakeholder consultations and capacity building of the executing agency

    Technical data

    • Power rating (Kajbar / Shereik): 360 MW / 420 MW
    • Heights of the dams: 31 m / 44 m
    • Lengths of the dams: 2239 m / 3605 m

    Client

    Ministry of Water Resources & Electricity, Dams Implementation Unit, Khartoum, Sudan
  • Platform for digital fire protection and firefighting concepts, Germany Platform for digital fire protection and firefighting concepts, Germany

    Platform for digital fire protection and firefighting concepts, Germany

    Fichtner assists an engineering firm for fire protection in the agile development of a highly scalable, cloud-based Augmented Reality Environment (ARE) platform for digital fire protection and firefighting concepts. Based on state-of-the-art Microsoft technologies, several applications are realized. The updated digital fire protection documents are enhanced with additional information and these provide dynamic and interactive on-site support for fire departments and those escaping from the building.

    Our services

    • Design of the ARE platform
    • Consultancy on the technologies to be used
    • Design and implementation of the data models
    • Development, testing and rollout of the applications

    Technical data

    • Microsoft Azure
    • SQL Azure
    • Responsive design via bootstrap technology
    • Visual Studio 2015 online
    • Windows 10 Bing Maps SDK
    • Angular JS

    Client

    hhpBerlin Ingenieure für Brandschutz GmbH, Berlin, Germany
  • Privatization of Multan Electric Power Company, Pakistan Privatization of Multan Electric Power Company, Pakistan

    Privatization of Multan Electric Power Company, Pakistan

    In preparation for privatization of Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO), Fichtner conducts within a consortium a technical due diligence review. This includes assessment of MEPCO's assets and the need for investment on the basis of their condition, operational performance, and electricity purchases and sales. For implementation of the privatization plan, Fichtner prepares the required technical input such as responding to technical queries from potential bidders as well as an evaluation model for assessing the assets and the anticipated energy yields.

    Our services

    • Technical due diligence audit of distribution company
    • Technical contributions during the transaction process

    Technical data

    • Customers served: 4.86 million
    • Length of HV and LV distribution lines: 413,000 km
    • Number of 66/11 kV and 132/11 kV grid stations: 120

    Client

    Government of Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Implementation and hosting of a customer information portal, Germany Implementation and hosting of a customer information portal, Germany

    Implementation and hosting of a customer information portal, Germany

    Within the EU co-financed EEIG, the Infrastructure Managers ProRail, Infrabel, DB Netze, BLS, SBB CFF FFS and RFI promote cross-border freight traffic along Europe’s primary rail corridor. Fichtner IT Consulting develops the public facing Customer Information Platform and the internal information management environment in line with EU Freight Regulation 913/2010.

    Our services

    • Conduction of workshops and trainings with stakeholders
    • Collection, assessment and harmonization of heterogeneous data
    • Support and consultancy on data compilation and organization
    • Implementation of the security and authorization concept
    • Technical implementation, documentation and rollout
    • Operation & Maintenance

    Technical data

    • ORACLE database
    • Multi tier architecture
    • Web portal front end with geo component

    Client

    EEIG Corridor Rhine-Alpine EWIV former: EEIG Corridor Rotterdam-Genoa EWIV
  • Development of an Integrated Management Information System for the energy sector, Serbia Development of an Integrated Management Information System for the energy sector, Serbia

    Development of an Integrated Management Information System for the energy sector, Serbia

    This EU-financed project is designed to support cooperation between the Serbian Ministry of Mining and Energy and other energy agencies to promote sustainable development. Fichtner IT Consulting has developed a web-based Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) that allows the Ministry to share information, manage and oversee projects and also produce reports more efficiently and has implemented the IMIS into an ESRI/GIS environment.

    Our services

    • Detailed design of the IMIS solution
    • Drawing up a detailed project schedule and work plan
    • Development of data integration and organization
    • Implementation of IMIS
    • Data migration
    • Technical support of the IMIS solution

    Client

    Ministry of Mining and Energy, Belgrad, Serbia
  • Application of renewable energies for a mine in the Andes, Chile Application of renewable energies for a mine in the Andes, Chile

    Application of renewable energies for a mine in the Andes, Chile

    The Chilean copper mining company Minera Escondida Ltda operates mines in the Andes mountain range in northern Chile with primarily copper extraction. The power supply of one of these mines that is not connected to the public grid is now to be switched to regenerative energy sources for which Fichtner develops an energy concept.

    Our services

    • Comparative study on an international level
    • Assessment of wind, photovoltaics and concentrated solar power
    • Assessment of battery and other energy storage systems technologies
    • Indication of contribution to the electricity matrix and market trends
    • Development of a power supply concept on the basis of wind energy, PV solar and solar thermal

    Client

    Minera Escondida Ltda, Antofagasta, Chile
  • Optimal development of a coal port with pre-feasibility study for a coal-fired power plant, Croatia Optimal development of a coal port with pre-feasibility study for a coal-fired power plant, Croatia

    Optimal development of a coal port with pre-feasibility study for a coal-fired power plant, Croatia

    The operator of the port in Ploce plans to strengthen its key role for coal handling in Croatia and neighboring Balkan countries. Under a feasibility study, the following investigations were undertaken: future development of coal demand for industry and energy supply in the region with their impacts on port logistics; feasibility study for construction of a new 400/800 MW coal-fired power plant at the port; drawing up a business plan for developing an 800 MW unit at the location.

    Our services

    • Port status quo assessment
    • Assessment of coal logistics growth opportunities
    • Balkans coal market assessment
    • Coal handling and port logistics development plan
    • Techno-economic pre-feasibility study of power plant with preliminary financial evaluation
    • Risk analysis

    Technical data

    • 800 MW ultra supercritical coal-fired power plant

    Client

    Luka Ploce d.d., Ploce, Croatia
  • Upgrading, construction and tie-in of substations, Montenegro Upgrading, construction and tie-in of substations, Montenegro

    Upgrading, construction and tie-in of substations, Montenegro

    For upgrading the Ribarevine 400 kV Substation to a 400/110/35 kV substation, and for the construction of the new Podgorica 5 110/10 kV Substation with tie-in to Podgorica 2 and 3 Substations Fichtner provides technical support for planning and tendering as well as site supervision and commissioning including their connection via cable and HV transmission lines.

    Our services

    • Conceptual design
    • Drawing up the tender documents
    • Assistance in tender procedure, evaluation and contract award
    • Site Supervision with design review and approval
    • Assistance in commissioning

    Technical data

    • 400/110/35 kV substation
    • 110/10 kV substation
    • Connection via 110 kV overhead line and 110 kV cable line

    Client

    Elektroprivreda Crne Gore A.D., Niksic, Montenegro
  • Evaluation of heating options in residential and institutional buildings, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Evaluation of heating options in residential and institutional buildings, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

    Evaluation of heating options in residential and institutional buildings, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

    Most buildings of the Central Asian republics of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are heated electrically, which exacerbates the power shortage in winter. To remedy this situation, Fichtner was appointed by the World Bank to identify alternative heating options and related energy efficiency measures in urban dwellings and institutional buildings. For this purpose, Fichtner first prepared a general overview of urban building and heating structures throughout both countries. Next, in four representative cities, it examined the supply and demand situation. Finally, Fichtner developed workable solutions with the participation of the various stakeholders.

    Our services

    • General overview of heating structures in urban areas
    • Determination of heat demand and supply structures in four representative cities
    • Development of viable heating options with packages for targeted cities
    • Investment and policy recommendations for implementing the heating packages

    Client

    The World Bank, Washington D.C., USA
  • Battery storage facility to supply primary control power, Germany Battery storage facility to supply primary control power, Germany

    Battery storage facility to supply primary control power, Germany

    To maintain stable grid operation with widely fluctuating power infeeds from wind and solar sources, balancing power must be supplied. For this purpose, the client is planning an innovative project at a run-of-river hydropower plant on the River Weser for sourcing primary balancing power from a battery storage facility. The power output of this facility is specified as up to 5 MW. During the concept phase Fichtner assisted in the design of the tie-in of the energy storage facility at the power plant site and in preparations to obtain the required permits. Subsequently, Fichtner supported the client's application for a grid connection.

    Our services

    • Support of conceptual design by compiling basic data and constraints
    • Preparation of a grid connection concept
    • Preparation of a permit concept
    • Support of client’s application for grid connection

    Technical data

    • Battery storage power output: up to 5 MW

    Client

    Statkraft Markets GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Development of the market value of natural gas in Italy Development of the market value of natural gas in Italy

    Development of the market value of natural gas in Italy

    For a price review under a long term gas sales agreement for the German gas market, the services Fichtner provided were to analyze the development of the value of natural gas according to the market value principle. In the study about the development of the value of natural gas in the Italian gas market Fichtner described the applied methodology, the data sources used and the results. For this our experts examined the development of the legislative framework, the breakdown of the gas volumes into segments, as well as the development of energy prices for alternatives to natural gas and the market prices of gas for each segment.

    Our services

    • Examination of the development of the legislative framework and market prices of gas
    • Breakdown of the gas volumes into segments
    • Examination of the development of energy prices for alternatives to natural gas

    Client

    International gas supplier
  • Feasibility study: hydrogen, electricity and heat generation from wind energy, Germany Feasibility study: hydrogen, electricity and heat generation from wind energy, Germany

    Feasibility study: hydrogen, electricity and heat generation from wind energy, Germany

    For purposes of locality development, further endeavors are being made to exploit the existing hydrogen infrastructure. For this purpose, consideration is being given to setting up the entire process chain for hydrogen generation and exploitation, with the following principal components: wind energy exploitation as basis; hydrogen generation, treatment and storage; its utilization in the vicinity; and firing hydrogen for cogeneration of electricity and heat. The required electricity is to be provided from local generation by wind turbines. Fichtner prepares the feasibility study.

    Our services

    • Outline technical concept
    • Investigation of options
    • Economic analysis of energy supply
    • Compilation of key parameters for generating hydrogen

    Client

    German Aerospace Research Establishment DLR Lampoldshausen, Germany
  • Hydrogen/oxygen supply system for research rocket engine burners, Germany Hydrogen/oxygen supply system for research rocket engine burners, Germany

    Hydrogen/oxygen supply system for research rocket engine burners, Germany

    The Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) plans to erect a hydrogen/oxygen supply system for a model rocket engine burner in a supersonic wind tunnel. Fichtner developed the system design and the safety concept. Furthermore, Fichtner prepared the technical specifications for procurement of the installation. During the following project phase, Fichtner supported the client in contract negotiations and project execution.

    Our services

    • System concept
    • Safety concept
    • Technical specifications
    • Bid evaluation
    • Detailed design review

    Technical data

    • Hydrogen/oxygen supply system for H2/O2 burners

    Client

    German Aerospace Research Establishment (DLR), Cologne, Germany
  • Development of gas prices in Germany Development of gas prices in Germany

    Development of gas prices in Germany

    On the basis of a study about the German gas market prepared by Fichtner, as a follow-up study Fichtner was asked to prepare an analysis of the development of gas prices. This analysis was based on actual end-user gas prices published by EUROSTAT. For this purpose, among others, the evolution of prices and market shares in the market segments residential, commercial, industry and power was investigated from 2004 to 2012. In addition the development of costs for transport, distribution and storage was analyzed for the same period.

    Fichtner-Leistungen

    • Examination of the development of the legislative framework and market prices of gas
    • Breakdown of the gas volumes into segments

    Kunde

    International gas supplier
  • Expert appraisal of a district heating concept, Austria Expert appraisal of a district heating concept, Austria

    Expert appraisal of a district heating concept, Austria

    Under contract to two Austrian supply utilities, Fichtner prepared an independent appraisal of a heat supply concept in which tie-in of a district heating transmission mains plays a primary role, with economic and technical aspects assessed. The numerous generators were optimally dispatched under economic criteria on the basis of detailed plant deployment calculations oriented to marginal heat generation costs. Additionally, various options for Innsbruck Sewage Treatment Plant to utilize the waste heat were investigated.

    Our services

    • Economic and technical appraisal of district heating concepts
    • Detailed plant deployment calculations in order to optimize the heat generators
    • Investigation for utilization of the waste heat from Innsbruck Sewage Treatment Plant

    Client

    IKB Innsbrucker Kommunalbetriebe AG, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Niehl 3 power plant grid tie-in in Cologne, Germany Niehl 3 power plant grid tie-in in Cologne, Germany

    Niehl 3 power plant grid tie-in in Cologne, Germany

    The grid connection of Niehl 3 450 MW combined cycle power plant is via a phase shifting transformer, through which both the 380 kV transmission system as well as the 110 kV network of the City of Cologne are supplied in a controlled manner. The 380 kV grid tie-in was implemented as a combined overhead transmission line and cable link.
    Fichtner assists RheinEnergie during planning and implementation of this grid tie-in.

    Our services

    • Quality checks of 380 kV cable
    • Check of drawings
    • Planning construction of cable splicing locations and entry into the switchgear building
    • Check of cable ampacity
    • Tying in of system for cable screen current monitoring
    • Timetable coordination, interface management
    • Site supervision and commissioning coordination and oversight

    Technical data

    • 380 kV buried cable connection: approx. 9 km; single-system, 9 sections up to 1200 m long, 24 splices; 636 MVA transmission rating; 1600 mm² Al conductor cross-section
    • 380 kV GIS (gas insulated switchgear): 4 bays; plug-in, dry (oil-free) sealing end type
    • 380 kV overhead power line: approx. 6 km; single-system with lattice towers
    • 380/110 kV phase shifting transformer: 220 MVA

    Client

    RheinEnergie AG, Cologne, Germany
  • Master plan and privatization of waste management, Turks & Caicos Islands Master plan and privatization of waste management, Turks & Caicos Islands

    Master plan and privatization of waste management, Turks & Caicos Islands

    With the aim of implementing a sustainable, socially and environmentally compatible waste management system on the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Caribbean Development Bank financed a project for which Fichtner worked out a waste management master plan for these eight Caribbean islands. Additionally, we were contracted to undertake engineering and draw up tender documents for constructing new landfills. On the basis of our master plan, the government decided to set up its own waste management company and to privatize parts of the system. Fichtner was commissioned to develop a privatization strategy and the legal framework for establishing a private waste management company in public ownership. Further tasks included support for privatization of two new landfills as well as of waste collection and waste transportation services.

    Our services

    • Collection and analysis of data with projections of quantities for the various waste categories
    • Institutional analysis
    • Tariff study
    • Landfill planning
    • Development of a privatization strategy
    • Compiling tender documents for two new landfills as well as for waste collection and haulage
    • Bid evaluation and contract award recommendation with support during negotiations

    Client

    Ministry of Finance, Health and National Insurance, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Permit procedure and routing of 380 kV power line to Haiming Power Plant, Germany Permit procedure and routing of 380 kV power line to Haiming Power Plant, Germany

    Permit procedure and routing of 380 kV power line to Haiming Power Plant, Germany

    For supplying power to its refinery in Burghausen, the oil and gas utility OMV is planning to erect an 850 MW combined cycle power plant in Haiming. For connection to the EHV grid, a 20 km 380 kV power line has to be constructed from the power plant to the grid connection point at Simbach. The permit for this line is issued in the course of a regional planning procedure followed by a plan approval procedure. Fichtner assisted OMV in preparing for and conducting these two procedures.

    Our services

    • Compiling the technical documents
    • Coordination of planners and expert assessors
    • Quality assurance and compilation of permit application dossier
    • Consultations with permit-granting authorities and sectoral planning agencies
    • Assistance during permit application procedure
    • Preparation for and conducting official hearings
    • Assistance in community relations

    Technical data

    • 2 x 380 kV and 2 x 110 kV overhead power lines

    Client

    OMV Kraftwerk Haiming GmbH, Haiming, Germany
  • Owner’s engineer for a PV-battery-diesel hybrid system, Bangladesh Owner’s engineer for a PV-battery-diesel hybrid system, Bangladesh

    Owner’s engineer for a PV-battery-diesel hybrid system, Bangladesh

    The state-owned energy utility of Bangladesh is promoting the use of renewable energies to upgrade its mix of energy sources. To this end, several conventional power generation plants are to be additionally equipped with solar photovoltaics and other renewable energy forms. One of these projects is a PV-diesel off-grid hybrid system with a battery bank to accommodate load peaks. Fichtner prepared the conceptual design, drew up the tender documents and assisted in contract negotiations. Further, we monitored construction through regular site visits and conducted the acceptance and performance tests.

    Our services

    • Conceptual design
    • Drawing up the tender documents
    • Assistance in contract negotiations
    • Check of EPC contractor’s designs
    • Project oversight during construction
    • Plant acceptance and performance tests

    Technical data

    • Off-grid hybrid system: 2 MW diesel power plant and 2.2 MWp solar farm
    • Battery bank energy storage capacity: 5 MWh

    Client

    Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Power and gas grid connection permits for a CC power plant, Germany Power and gas grid connection permits for a CC power plant, Germany

    Power and gas grid connection permits for a CC power plant, Germany

    Our client, an energy utility, was planning to erect an 1100 MW combined cycle power plant in Germany. Fichtner oversaw the permit application process for tie-in of the power plant to the power and gas grid through all stages. This comprised consultations with authorities, network operators and the affected owners. Alongside preparation and compilation of all permit application documents, an important part of Fichtner’s services was assistance during the approval procedures. Apart from technical planning, also the obligatory expert ecological appraisals formed part of our contract scope.

    Our services

    • Strategic consultancy
    • Power connection routing study
    • Environmental impact study scoping
    • Application for checking the need for a regional planning procedure
    • Technical permit planning for gas pipeline and underground cable
    • Environmental appraisals: environmental impact study, flanking landscape enhancement plan, flora-fauna habitat, species conservation assessments
    • Preparation of individual permits for the 380 kV underground cable
    • Preparation of plan approval procedure for the gas pipeline
    • Participation in consultations with authorities and grid operators
    • Drawing up permit application documents

    Technical data

    • Power grid connection: 380 kV overhead power line or underground cable, 3 to 5 km
    • Gas connection: DN 400, 2 km pipeline

    Client

    DONG Energy Kraftwerk Ludwigsau GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Germany
  • Fire protection concept for DB Museum, Nuremberg, Germany Fire protection concept for DB Museum, Nuremberg, Germany

    Fire protection concept for DB Museum, Nuremberg, Germany

    The DB (German Rail) Museum had to be reevaluated under fire protection aspects against DB’s internal guidelines. A new fire protection concept was prepared by comparing the actual with the target status under consideration of the existing situation. After conducting a field survey, Fichtner prepared a fire protection concept with photo documentation and visualization. As an appendix, we also drew up escape and rescue route plans.

    Our services

    • Survey of present situation
    • Preparing planning documents
    • Fire protection concept with appendixes
    • Escape and rescue route plans

    Client

    DB Immobilien GmbH, Germany
  • Traffic concept for the City of Rheinfelden/Baden, Germany Traffic concept for the City of Rheinfelden/Baden, Germany

    Traffic concept for the City of Rheinfelden/Baden, Germany

    By updating and developing Rheinfelden’s traffic concept, following an analysis of road use, alternative road network concepts and options for improved traffic control were developed and assessed. The traffic model was updated on the basis of a one-day traffic survey that took the form of interviews and traffic counts. Within the framework of the traffic concept, Fichtner worked out proposals for guidance of individual motorized traffic and, depending on road functions, developed an updated road network hierarchy.

    Our services

    • Traffic study
    • Mathematical-physical model analyses
    • Public / community relations
    • Traffic development planning
    • Data collection and analysis

    Technical data

    • 77 traffic counters and interviewers
    • 8 interview survey points
    • 6 cross-section counting points
    • 10 intersection counting points
    • 32,500 inhabitants

    Client

    City Rheinfelden, Germany
  • Lender’s engineering for a biomass power plant, Belgium Lender’s engineering for a biomass power plant, Belgium

    Lender’s engineering for a biomass power plant, Belgium

    Fichtner was retained by the investor and the financing banks to monitor erection and commissioning of a biomass power plant in Belgium. It is fueled with discarded wood and comprises a fluidized bed boiler and condensing turbine-generator with an electrical rating of 25 MW. The task comprised monitoring of erection and installation with checks of project progress. During commissioning, Fichtner supervised quality assurance, partial acceptances and final acceptance as well as acceptance measurements.

    Our services

    • Conducting monthly site visits of inspection
    • Check of construction progress
    • Monitoring compliance with contractual conditions
    • Overseeing commissioning, specifically quality assurance, partial acceptances and final acceptance with acceptance measurements

    Technical data

    • Power rating: 25 MWe

    Client

    A & S Energie, Harelbeke, Belgium
  • ESIA for an HVDC back-to-back link between Georgia and Armenia ESIA for an HVDC back-to-back link between Georgia and Armenia

    ESIA for an HVDC back-to-back link between Georgia and Armenia

    The project aim is to link the Armenian and Georgian power grids via a 500/400/220 kV HVDC back-to-back converter station. Fichtner’s task was to conduct a comprehensive environmental and social impact study as well as to provide engineering, design and project management services throughout all project phases. In the first project phase, Fichtner’s environmental experts prepared a detailed environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), including an environmental and social management plan (ESMP) plus, in case of need, a resettlement action plan (RAP), in line with Armenian and European laws, regulations, guidelines and directives (EU EIA Directive; 2011/92/EU) as well as with the Equator Principles and international standards acceptable to the German KfW Development Bank.

    Our services

    • Preparation of a detailed environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA)

    Client

    High Voltage Electrical Networks CJSC, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Feasibility study and ESIA for a natural gas pipeline in Moldova Feasibility study and ESIA for a natural gas pipeline in Moldova

    Feasibility study and ESIA for a natural gas pipeline in Moldova

    For construction of a natural gas pipeline from Ungheni at the Romanian border to the capital Chişinău, Fichtner was contracted to undertake a feasibility study. Subsequent to comprehensive technical, ecological, financial and economic analyses, our environmental experts undertook an in-depth environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) in compliance with the EBRD Environmental Policy (2008) and EIB standards. Additionally, we supported the Moldovan government in organizing the public consultation process.

    Our services

    • Economic justification of pipeline construction
    • Technical, economic and financial analyses
    • Environmental and social impact assessment
    • Support in organizing the public consultation process

    Technical data

    • Pipeline diameter: DN 600
    • Pipeline pressure: 55 bar
    • Pipeline length: approx. 120 km

    Client

    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London, United Kingdom
  • Integrated platform for the Adriatic Sea Monitoring Program, Croatia Integrated platform for the Adriatic Sea Monitoring Program, Croatia

    Integrated platform for the Adriatic Sea Monitoring Program, Croatia

    The Croatian Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection is coordinating the “Adriatic Sea Monitoring Program” with the aim of setting up a governance system for continuous assessment of the EU framework guideline on the strategy for the sea. Fichtner prepared a conceptual design of an integrated program platform for the system that is to serve as a central location for storing, processing and evaluation of the data of all participants. This platform allows integration of data and their spatial and alphanumeric analysis as well as data visualization in geo-information systems.

    Our services

    • Analysis of existing IT infrastructure and data
    • Conceptual design of an integrated program platform (IPP)
    • Staff training
    • Preparing a detailed methodology for knowledge transfer

    Kunde

    Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Quantitative risk assessment study for an LNG import terminal, Philippines Quantitative risk assessment study for an LNG import terminal, Philippines

    Quantitative risk assessment study for an LNG import terminal, Philippines

    In connection with a projected power plant, the Philippine energy utility is looking into the possibility of constructing an LNG import terminal. As a component of the permitting procedure for the project, Fichtner prepared the quantitative risk analysis (QRA). The objective was to determine the risks and the mutual interactions between the planned facility and neighboring installations.

    Our services

    • Hazard Identification to determine incident scenarios, hazards and hazardous events
    • Estimates of the extent of the consequences of identified hazardous events
    • Estimate of the probabilities of occurrence of identified hazardous events
    • Determination of risk level
    • Risk assessment to determine if the risk is within the acceptance criteria and, if necessary, identify additional mitigation measures to comply with the ‘as low as reasonably practicable’ (ALARP) principles

    Client

    First Gen Corporation, Pasig City, Philippinen
  • Technical consultancy for a CO2 capture facility, Italy Technical consultancy for a CO2 capture facility, Italy

    Technical consultancy for a CO2 capture facility, Italy

    At its Porto Tolle operating site, the Italian energy utility, Enel, erected a new coal-fired power plant with demonstration on an industrial-scale of post-combustion CO2 capture. Fichtner as technical adviser supported Enel in implementing a procurement strategy that had been jointly developed for this facility. We drew up the technical and commercial specifications for the invitation to tender for front end engineering and design (FEED), followed by contract negotiations and award, monitored FEED processes, and evaluated their outcomes as a basis for taking a final capital investment decision.

    Our services

    • Development of a procurement strategy
    • Drawing up technical and commercial specifications
    • Conducting the contract award procedure
    • Monitoring FEED processes
    • Evaluation of FEED outcomes

    Client

    Enelpower Enel Group, Milan, Italy
  • Technical consultant for construction of a waste treatment center, Kuwait Technical consultant for construction of a waste treatment center, Kuwait

    Technical consultant for construction of a waste treatment center, Kuwait

    In Kuwait City, a new waste treatment center combined with an energy-from-waste plant and a sanitary landfill for residual wastes is being developed. This center with a capacity of 1,000,000 t/a is to be constructed as a build-operate-transfer (BOT) project. As Technical Advisor in a joint venture, Fichtner processed all technical aspects. For example, among other tasks, we conducted the feasibility study and preliminary ESIA study as well as drew up the tender documents. Further, with our consultancy services we supported the project throughout the tender process up to contract signing and financial close.

    Our services

    • Waste composition characterization study
    • Feasibility study
    • Preliminary environmental and social impact assessment
    • Market research and roadshow
    • Compiling tender documents for tendering in three stages: expression of interest, request for quotes and request for proposals
    • Assistance during tendering, bid evaluation and negotiations up to contract signing
    • Assistance up to financial close

    Technical data

    • Facility for handling 50% of Kuwait’s municipal solid waste
    • Design capacity of the energy-from-waste plant: approx. 1,000,000 t/a

    Client

    Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB), Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Upgrading the Kiel Canal – setting up an interim storage area, Germany Upgrading the Kiel Canal – setting up an interim storage area, Germany

    Upgrading the Kiel Canal – setting up an interim storage area, Germany

    To cope with the steadily rising goods traffic, the Kiel Canal is being rehabilitated and modernized. The Fichtner Group and specifically its Hamburg hydraulic engineering experts are involved in several projects in connection with upgrading this national waterway that is of major importance for Germany. One of the key projects is to widen the canal, in preparation for which first an interim storage area for soil management has to be set up. We were entrusted with the site supervision for construction of the site construction facilities area at Flemhuder Lake.

    Our services

    • Site construction supervision

    Technical data

    • 11 ha storage area
    • 300 m long jetty as a sheet pile wall structure
    • 2 km access road
    • Berth with 17 pile moorings

    Client

    Civil contractor
  • Consultancy services for mining legislation reform, Tajikistan Consultancy services for mining legislation reform, Tajikistan

    Consultancy services for mining legislation reform, Tajikistan

    The Government of Tajikistan was assisted by the mining experts of the Fichtner Group in instituting mining legislation reform and structuring the country’s mining authorities. In this context we made recommendations for reformulating the Law on Mining together with its associated guidelines and regulations. The aim of this reform is to create an attractive climate for foreign investors in Tajikistan's mining sector.

    Our services

    • Study of international best practice in mine legislation and taxation
    • Economic appraisals for various fiscal and fee levy models
    • Recommendations for reformulating the Law on Mining

    Client

    State Committee on Investments and State Property Management of the Republic of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Geotechnical support for new lock construction, Germany Geotechnical support for new lock construction, Germany

    Geotechnical support for new lock construction, Germany

    For construction of the new 5th chamber of the Brunsbüttel Lock in the canal between the River Elbe and the Kiel Canal, provision had to be made for landfilling of the excavated material, which in part is contaminated. Fichtner supervised the entire geotechnical work. Further, we sought and identified a sand extraction zone to provide the requisite filter layers and assisted during sand extraction through soil-mechanical lab tests and field trials.

    Our services

    • Lab tests for soil classification
    • Stability and settlement analyses
    • Geotechnical guidance during construction
    • Exploratory investigations
    • Selection of the most suitable spoil area
    • Soil-mechanical lab tests and field trials

    Client

    Construction company
  • Geotechnical investigations for construction of a sewer culvert, Germany Geotechnical investigations for construction of a sewer culvert, Germany

    Geotechnical investigations for construction of a sewer culvert, Germany

    The Hamburg City Sanitation Department is planning to construct a new sewer culvert under the U1 subway route in the vicinity of the main road Rothenbaumchaussee. For this purpose, our geotechnical engineers undertook geotechnical investigations, including a wide-ranging lab analysis program. On this basis, within the context of a geotechnical assessment opinion, Fichtner worked out recommendations for construction. We paid particular attention to planning this demanding project and controlling the settling behavior around the existing subway line.

    Our services

    • Assessment of geotechnical conditions and consultancy on foundations
    • Soil-mechanical trials
    • Assessment of settling behavior

    Technical data

    • Length of sewer section: 30 m
    • Sewer pipe cross-section: DN 2000
    • Depth of bottom of sewer pipe: 3.8 m below sea level
    • Grade level: 8.9 m
    • Crossing below subway tunnel, old sewer

    Client

    Hamburger Stadtentwässerung AöR (municipal sanitation), Hamburg, Germany
  • IT system for cost-optimized analysis of gas network flows, Germany IT system for cost-optimized analysis of gas network flows, Germany

    IT system for cost-optimized analysis of gas network flows, Germany

    For modeling the gas grid and its associated facilities, the trading company, WIEH, entrusted our IT experts with the task of developing an IT system for cost-optimized calculation of network flows. Our solution is based on an adaptable mathematical model that allows WIEH to calculate and depict natural gas flows within the pipeline network under user-defined parameters. With this software, users can additionally prepare highly informative and reliable simulations.

    Our services

    • Design and implementation of an IT system for acquisition and visualization of relevant energy data
    • Development of an interface to WIEH’s applications
    • Digitizing and geo-referencing of analog map material
    • Topological verification of the digital pipeline network
    • Integration of existing data into the application
    • Creation of web applications to perform various analyses
    • Development of a Web-GIS solution with various interfaces to the web applications
    • Integration of mathematical models for calculating optimized gas flows within the pipeline network

    Client

    WIEH GmbH & Co. KG, formerly: Wintershall Erdgas Handelshaus GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin, Germany
  • Optimized solution for lock management on the River Danube, Germany Optimized solution for lock management on the River Danube, Germany

    Optimized solution for lock management on the River Danube, Germany

    With the aim of cutting waiting times at locks through their better utilization and more efficient procedures, Fichtner developed a new IT solution on behalf of Regensburg Water and Navigation Authority. The heart of this lock management software is a high-performance optimization algorithm working on the basis of signals from the automatic identification system (AIS) for locating ships. As well as configuring the IT system, we handled installation, customization and integration of system components. This software is initially deployed in the Regensburg Control Center that is responsible for several locks on the River Danube. It is intended that this solution will later find application at other federal German waterways.

    Our services

    • Configuration of the IT system
    • Installation and customization
    • Integration of system components

    Client

    Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt Regensburg, Germany
  • Editing system for rail track sections on the basis of a WEB GIS, Germany Editing system for rail track sections on the basis of a WEB GIS, Germany

    Editing system for rail track sections on the basis of a WEB GIS, Germany

    DB Netz is responsible for safe operation and for maintenance of the rail network of 34,000 km total length. This corporate objective can only be met if current information on the network and its facilities is made available. The aim is to replace the existing Excel-based reporting of changes to rail section attributes by the STREDA.X reporting tool, which applies a map-based, user-friendly editing process that is accessed via the Web with just a browser.

    Our services

    • Application development
    • Process consultancy
    • Design and implementation of data models for geo-Web applications
    • Oracle performance optimization
    • Development of geo-Web applications
    • Hosting of geo-Web applications
    • Specialist knowledge concerning acquisition and administration of rail network data
    • Editing system for data processing

    Technical data

    • Geo-Web services in conformity with the Open GIS Consortium (OGC)
    • OSS frameworks: ExtJs 3.4.0, OpenLayers, GeoExt, jQuery
    • Geo-database Oracle 11g
    • Web-based geo-viewer application
    • Hosting and application management of Web-based geo applications
    • Replication service
    • Role-based authentication and authorization

    Client

    DB Netz AG, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Rehabilitation of power plant I&C installations in Cairo, Egypt Rehabilitation of power plant I&C installations in Cairo, Egypt

    Rehabilitation of power plant I&C installations in Cairo, Egypt

    In the context of environmental protection measures at thermal power plants in Egypt, the KfW Development Bank financed comprehensive rehabilitation of Shoubra El Kheima Power Plant in Cairo. With its four 315 MW power generating units, this is the biggest power plant in this mega-city. Fichtner supported the Project sponsor and KfW by preparing planning and tender documents, selecting bidders and site supervision as well as by checking emissions and monitoring fuel consumption over a period of two years following commissioning.

    Our services

    • Technical conceptual design
    • Drawing up the EPC tender documents
    • Bid evaluation with support during negotiations and contract award
    • Assistance in contract formulation
    • Design review and document approval
    • Overseeing factory acceptance tests
    • Site supervision
    • Monitoring program for checking emissions and specific fuel consumption

    Technical data

    • Generation capacity: 4 x 315 MW and 1 x 30 MW (gas turbine)
    • Generator rating: 437.6 MVA

    Client

    Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC), Cairo, Egypt
  • Compiling basic topographical data for Kampala, Uganda Compiling basic topographical data for Kampala, Uganda

    Compiling basic topographical data for Kampala, Uganda

    As a basis for planning an upgrading project for the water supply system in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, our geoinformatics experts first created a digital terrain model from high-resolution stereo satellite images. After photogrammetric 3-D analyses, we prepared topographical maps, classified land areas according to their use, and also prepared bathymetric maps based on ESRI GIS data.

    Our services

    • Creation of a digital terrain model from high-resolution Pleiades stereo satellite images
    • Creation of an ortho-photo mosaic
    • Photogrammetric 3-D analysis
    • Preparation of topographic maps to scales of 1:5000/1:10,000
    • Classification of land areas according to their use
    • Compilation of ESRI GIS data
    • Processing bathymetric analysis data and preparation of bathymetric maps

    Client

    National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Kampala, Uganda
  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS) capacity building in Kosovo Carbon capture and storage (CCS) capacity building in Kosovo

    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) capacity building in Kosovo

    For the projected construction of a coal-fired power plant near Prishtina, a geological scoping study was conducted. Our mining specialists identified and evaluated potential storage formations in Kosovo and its neighboring countries Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro, and described transportation and injection scenarios under technical and cost aspects. Further, we assessed the legal situation under EU legislation.

    Our services

    • Estimate of CO2 storage potentials
    • Development of CCS scenarios for capture, transportation and storage
    • Evaluation of the regulations of the EU CCS Directive
    • Preliminary cost estimate for development of the identified repositories
    • Cost estimate for construction of a CO2 pipeline
    • Training courses and workshops
    • Economic / financial analyses
    • Site search and selection
    • Preliminary and feasibility studies

    Client

    The World Bank USA, Washington D.C., USA
  • Combustion gas cleaning concept for a fire test facility, Germany Combustion gas cleaning concept for a fire test facility, Germany

    Combustion gas cleaning concept for a fire test facility, Germany

    The fire protection research center at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology operates a fire test facility to investigate the combustion behavior of various substances. As part of modernization measures, the concept for cleaning the gases released during combustion is to be redesigned. Fichtner analyzed the existing facility and conducted a workshop to investigate and identify an appropriate combustion gas cleaning concept.

    Our services

    • Preparing and hosting a workshop with a summary of its findings
    • Contacting potential suppliers of combustion gas cleanup equipment

    Client

    Staatl. Vermögens- und Hochbauamt Universitätsbau (university property and building department), Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Strengthening generation expansion planning and policy making capacity in the hydropower sector, Laos Strengthening generation expansion planning and policy making capacity in the hydropower sector, Laos

    Strengthening generation expansion planning and policy making capacity in the hydropower sector, Laos

    The Government of Lao PDR was supported in developing the hydropower planning and management capacity needed to the hydropower sector. Development of hydropower potentials has to be reconciled with water resource management requirements and ecological constraints. Fichtner developed and applied a methodology for assessing avoided generation cost as well as a least-cost power generation expansion model.

    Fichtner-Leistungen

    • Development and application of a methodology for assessing avoided generation cost
    • Development and application of a least-cost power generation expansion model
    • Capacity building through staff training in the application of planning tools and methods

    Kunde

    Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), Vientiane, Laos