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Shiprepair & Conversion Technology: 4th Quarter 2015

This year has been busy for the Harris Pye Group, with FPSO and FSO projects featuring significantly in the global workload.  During 2015, the company supplied gas conversion fuel skids, combustion systems, burner management and automatic boiler control systems for two FPSOs. This project was initially based in China, before it was completed in Brazil.

The Harris Pye Technical Services division has also carried out a boiler performance study due to temperature restrictions along with designing, fabricating and installing a new unit for an FPSO project in Malaysia. Additionally the company has undertaken a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) marinisation consultancy and design support project for a vessel in Singapore and a deaerator performance study for a project conducted offshore Australia.

Harris Pye’s involvement in other FPSO/FSO projects has included pipe, steel and valve renewal and overhaul/maintenance work, including crane boom repairs, heavy equipment renewals and the re-positioning and changing out of existing and new components.

Boiler repair works, including the complete removal and replacement of machinery space boilers whilst offshore, re-tubing, control system installations and upgrades, have also been undertaken by the Harris Pye Technical Services team. Over the last year, various accommodation upgrades have also been undertaken, including the fabrication of new modules and siting on board in order to accommodate the increase in personnel onboard. The Harris Pye Engineering division has also been re-positioning and installing new life rafts and lifeboat equipment on a number of vessels with more in the pipeline.

Design and engineering work for these projects have been undertaken at Harris Pye’s central design office in Dubai while prefabrication work has been supported by group workshops worldwide. The design and engineering projects are increasing almost daily and the Directors have approved an additional design office in India, scheduled to open in November.

According to the Chris David, Chief Technical Officer, “New contracts covering a variety of conversions, upgrades and repairs are constantly being quoted for with a large percentage developing into firm orders almost on a daily basis. Maintenance and repair projects are always ongoing but there has been a sharp increase in the requirement for accommodation modules and refurbishment of existing accommodation including the ancillary equipment that supports the latter.”

The FPSO and FSO market is still a strong part of Harris Pye’s core business, despite the downturn in offshore activity. Chris says. “The key issues are to offer the client exactly what they need in this challenging period.  We have seen an increase in companies looking into life extension projects and fault diagnosis of existing issues to improve efficiency.”

Harris Pye claims the ability to cover every aspect of maintenance and equipment supply for core systems on FPSOs, especially with regards to steam production and power generation systems. The company also says it is capable of designing, fabricating and installing boilers in both machinery spaces and deck mounted units offering complete turnkey packages.

“With our boiler design and technical services divisions now being supported by the recently established Harris Pye Combustion division, we are able to offer a complete range of combustion equipment for the boiler, including the burners, registers, control and safety systems. This places us in a rather unique position as we are able to manufacture and supply all major components of the boilers from our own product range.” David adds.

Harris Pye’s Technical Services Division has the ability to design the boilers as well as undertake performance analysis for the various systems on board the vessel.  This allows optimisation of current installations with regards to both reliability and efficiency as well as diagnosis of long standing problems. 

Harris Pye Engineering’s ability to actually carry out modifications, if and when required, also ensures continuity between the design and execution phases of the projects.

The Group now has the capability to offer class approved boilers across the common load ranges in both saturated and superheated designs for installation in machinery spaces and on the main deck of the vessel.  Chris says, “Boiler designs are carried out on a case by case basis to ensure that the client receives the ideal design for their particular duty including optimisation for field specific fuels, environmental compliance, ease of operation and reliability. We are currently installing our latest unit within the machinery space of an FPSO, and have a significant number of live enquires that look very promising for the upcoming year 2016.”

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