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Our projects

Our Projects

Combined, we have over 50 years experience, gained on a variety of projects throughout the world. But no two engineering projects are alike.

Sometimes we manage a project from the very start and continue to be involved until the end reports. Other times we are brought in to provide specialist services in specific areas. Each brings different challenges. Each has different outcomes.

We would like to share just a few of these projects here.

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NGN - Pre-heat Innovation Project (1306) Engineering Management

Northern Gas Networks

Leeds, England
8 Feb 2014 - Ongoing

QEM Solutions are engaged by Northern Gas Networks in a five year framework agreement within their Major Projects Team on the distribution network across the north of England. QEM Solutions hold the position of Project Manager for Pre-heating programme including the OFGEM NIC element within the Major Project management team. 

Across the NGN network the majority of the pre-heating is performed by either old inefficient water bath heaters.  There are a number of sites that have newer boiler houses were expense to install and expense to maintain.

NGN conducted a study into the different types and options for gas pre-heating. This study concluded that here were two additional options for pre-heating: which are low pressure steam and hotcat.

On the back of the pre-heating study NGN, with the assistance of QEMS, applied for additional funding from OFGEM under the Network Innovation Competition (NIC).

NGN were successful in securing an additional £4.6m of funding over 3 years for the implementation of the study. This funding included installation of the 2 new technologies across 3 sites each (small, medium and large sites for each technology). Then 6 additional sites would have monitoring equipment installed for a small, medium and large site for water bath heater and boiler house.  All of the data from the 12 sites will be collated and analysed for publication on a website to be available for all of the gas networks.

QEM recruited Adam Sadler, author of the feasibility study, to project manage the pre-heating  programme for both the NIC element as well as the other pre-heating projects.

QEM's Main Responsibilities include;

  • Manage the design process to ensure compliance with NGN and gas industry standards and requirement including G17.
  • Management of design for design changes including Sub-contractors on specialist services.
    • Champion the new technologies within the different departments at NGN
    • Chairing the Formal Process Safety meetings including HAZOP and HAZCON
  • Packaging and scoping the design packages for the design contractors to tender.
  • Review and evaluated the tender returns including clarification and pre-tender meetings, if required.
  • Manage the installation works
    • Review of method statements and risk assessments for the contractors works
    • Materials procurement on behalf of the client
    • Procurement and expediting of the materials
    • Preparation of the RE18 requirements prior to and commissioning of and new equipment
  • Management of QA Activities for the project
  • Planning the future work load for the further coming years

Click here for further information on the innovation project on the NGN site

 Services Breakdown

  Engineering Management
  Vendor Approval, Inspection and Expediting
  Design Co-ordination
  Quality Management

 Engaged Specialists