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thyssenkrupp Uhde’s end-to-end EPC(M) solutions for efficient and effective project execution

THE ability of the local subsidiary to tap into the specialisation available through its parent company, thyssenkrupp Uhde GmbH in Germany, while applying agility and local expertise to successfully deliver to very specific customer requirements uniquely positions the South African office in the market.

“We work seamlessly with global technology providers and we are competent and familiar with leveraging a global supply chain,” states Richard Kirk, head of project management and services at thyssenkrupp Uhde South Africa.

“We apply our learning from diverse project contracting environments to our entire value chain of cutting edge technologies and EPC(M) solutions. This makes our local office efficient and effective.”

thyssenkrupp Uhde’s engineering services include concept, Front End Engineering & Design (FEED) as well as basic and detailed engineering across all disciplines within a single integrated team. The competent local EPC(M) team of specialist individuals can work within a wide range of both thyssenkrupp Uhde and 3rd party technologies with global collaboration.

Tendering, bid evaluations, purchase orders, contract awards and management, logistics, quality control, technical compliance and expediting are some of the capabilities that fall within the company’s procurement scope. “Procurement/commercial contracts provide a full service in acquiring the technical requirements and delivering these within budget,” notes Kirk.

thyssenkrupp Uhde’s extensive construction service portfolio comprises construction, contract, work package and customer interface management; quantity surveying; planning; material and cost control; modularisation; health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) compliance and management; quality control; testing and handover; deviation, concession management, etc. Kirk points out that stakeholder management is a vital and yet often overlooked component of successful construction management and here too thyssenkrupp Uhde has the necessary know-how.

The management portion of EPC(M) encompasses the full spectrum of project management, planning, material and cost control, modularisation, and HSSE. “Effective project initiation, monitoring and control, reporting, risk management, change management, and project close-out also form an integral part of our management solutions,” says senior piping engineer at thyssenkrupp Uhde, Sundip Lokhande.

thyssenkrupp Uhde’s EPC(M) capabilities can essentially enhance any project irrespective of the nature or technology involved. The organisation’s ability to offer the complete EPC(M) portfolio offers several advantages that, according to Kirk and Lokhande, deliver cost-effectiveness and efficiencies to customers.

Kirk explains, “By keeping the same team throughout the project means that there is no need to change the team between engineering and construction. Subsequently the same team is able to develop along with the project, avoiding the time and costs involved in having to develop a new team. From an efficiencies point of view, there is for example, no need to ‘on-board’ a procurement lead and team halfway through the project especially if they have been engaged from the project get-go. This helps to avoid restraints and mitigations throughout the project, reducing the overall risks and ensuring timely delivery.” Lokhande also highlights the benefits of single point responsibility as well as savings due to fixed costs associated with the agreed schedule.

“Our EPC(M) services add value to all our technology offerings including scanning, green technologies (hydrogen, ammonia, methanol, etc.) as well as to our modularisation and refurbishment capabilities,” affirms Kirk.

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