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KCI the Engineers awarded with new assignments by MonoBaseWind and Centrica


KCI the Engineers awarded with new assignments by MonoBaseWind and Centrica
Last month, Oceanteam’s subsidiary KCI the Engineers has won two new assignments. MonoBaseWind BV, a cooperation between Orca Offshore, PBConsultants and Venture Counsels, has contracted KCI for the basic engineering of the structural steel design of their self-installing Gravity Based Foundation (GBF) concept. And gas producer Centrica has awarded KCI with an assignment for a NOx Compliance project. 
MonoBaseWind is a new way to install a gravity base using advanced technology developed in the offshore Oil and Gas industry. Monobase Wind’s self-installing GBF is specifically developed for wind turbines with a capacity of over 6MW which need to be installed in waters deeper than 40m. The principle has been tested by computer simulation and by model testing at Marin.

The next step for the concept is full scale testing. A demonstrator will be built in order for the self-installing GBP to be accepted for project financing. The target site for the demonstrator is the Borssele Kavel 5, which is specifically intended for testing new offshore wind technologies.

The scope of KCI's assignment includes the basic design of the steel structure, the secondary steel, guiding system, ballasting system and the transport & installation procedures.

NOx Compliance project
Centrica Exploration & Production Nederland has granted KCI a new assignment for their NOx Compliance project. In the first half of 2016, Centrica already contracted KCI for the Concept Selection for the same project. The new assignment encompasses the FEED (front end engineering design) study.

As of 2019, gas turbines need to comply with the new Dutch decree relating to emissions from medium-sized combustion equipment (BEMS). Centrica is already anticipating on this new regulation and in particular for the J6A gas processing platform located in the Dutch sector of the Southern North Sea.

This platform was originally built to process gas from the Markham field but it now functions as a processing hub for gas from several fields: J3aC, K4aD, Windermere, K1A, Grove, Chiswick and Kew. Together these fields make up the Greater Markham Area (GMA). To accommodate the fields being at different stages in their field lives, there are three different field suction pressures available on J6A: Low Low Pressure (LLP), Low Pressure (LP) and Natural Flow. This is achieved by having one LLP compressor and two (parallel) LP compressors.

During the concept select phase performed by KCI, Centrica has chosen to implement the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to achieve the required NOx levels of the LM 1600 compressor drives. Centrica is a pioneer by installing this system on one of their offshore gas production facilities.

In the FEED phase KCI will develop the design of the SCR system in such a way that all technical risks are addressed and mitigated and that a 10% accurate budget estimate is provided for subsequent procurement and installation.