A company’s success relies on the effectiveness of its supply chain, whether it’s in promoting collaboration and technical innovation or by improving customer satisfaction.
Costain recently held its annual Supply Chain Management (SCM) Conference at Warwick University where 140 suppliers and 60 staff heard how this is being applied at Costain. Welcoming the delegates, Andrew Wyllie, Costain’s Chief Executive, explained why a successful supply chain is so important to the success of the Company’s Engineering Tomorrow strategy, Costain’s commitment to identifying, developing and implementing innovative solutions to meet the UK’s major national infrastructure needs.
“The success of any company is down to the cumulative effort of a large number of people working together to achieve a set of shared goals, and we wanted to highlight that at this year’s Supply Chain Management Conference. Effective supply chain management relies on good communication and a strong, collaborative working relationship, which are all central to our Engineering Tomorrow strategy,” said Martin Orrells, Costain’s General Manager for Procurement and Supply Chain Management, who organised the event.
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Costain Energy & Process has appointed Fadi Atallah as Vice-President, Business Development, Middle East, with responsibility for developing strategic customer relationships and broadening our service offering in the Middle East region.
Fadi, a graduate of the American University of Beirut, joins Costain from GE Energy, where he was responsible for developing and significantly growing business in the region with key customers including GASCO, Qatar Petroleum and Saudi Aramco.
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The completion of the UK’s largest current nuclear project, Evaporator D (where Costain is working with Sellafield Ltd), has moved a stage nearer with the successful completion of the first of the module delivery stages required for this impressive project.
The first two of the planned eleven modules required for the facility were successfully transported via Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT) 1.5 kilometres from the Interserve Pioneer Point facility, Cheshire to the specialist barge the Terra Marique, moored at Manchester ship canal.
The modules, which consist of structural steel, stainless steel pipework, vessels and other equipment, weighing in at over 100 Te, measure 10m high, 7.5m wide and almost 10m in length, made an imposing sight as they were loaded onto the barge prior to sailing the 90 miles north to a beach adjacent to the Sellafield site on the West Cumbrian Coast. Utilising sea transport for the first time in the history of the Sellafield site, the modules were conveyed to the Sellafield beach, off loaded from the barge and driven across a purpose built bridge across the River Ehen, which runs parallel to the site.
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A major milestone has taken place on the UK’s largest current nuclear project with the topping out of the Evaporator D building, at Sellafield, on the northwest coast of England.
A Costain-Sellafield Ltd alliance will later this year complete the basic structure of the building, which is designed to reduce the volume of highly radioactive liquid waste at the Cumbria site.
It is a project which, for obvious reasons, requires the highest possible standards of build quality. Just designing and developing the initial construction safety case for the £397million project took a year; work on the foundations began in May 2009 and the project is not scheduled to be fully complete until summer 2014.
When in service, it will be used to reduce the quantities of Highly Active Liquor, a product of reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. The liquor is reduced in quantity by a factor of 20 by evaporation, to reduce the volume of highly active waste that will be vitrified in glass and stored on site.
The liquor will be evaporated inside a highly complex process plant designed by Costain Energy & Process in the Manchester office. The Evaporator D process plant will add additional capacity to the current evaporators on the site and provide continuity in the reprocessing and decommissioning programme at Sellafield.
An idea of the scale of the project comes from the fact that over 350 Costain personnel – around 150 of them designers – are involved on it. “We’ve been carrying out design work since 2007,” says Construction Director, Rob Phillips. “This is all about providing a solution to the customer. It’s a project where we carry out everything from front-end design, through procurement and construction to commissioning and it’s certainly the largest where we’re providing the total solution.”
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