The end of the year draws swiftly closer, and with it the opportunity to reflect on the year gone by, to make resolutions for the future and to reach out to friends and family with our warmest wishes for the new year.
In 2017, we had the pleasure of participating in some truly impressive projects and accomplishing some incredible realizations. We are grateful for you, our customers, suppliers and other partners who have contributed to this success.
For 2018, we hope to continue this tradition of great teamwork in our relationship with you.
In this spirit, we wish you the very best for 2018. May the upcoming year bring you nothing but joy, both personally and professionally.
Geldof makes a yearly donation to a charity of our choice. This year, we have selected ‘Een Hart voor West-Vlaanderen’, an aid organization supporting children and teenagers in need.
December 18th, 2017
Have you ever looked at the roof of a large cryogenic tank and wondered: “How on earth did they install that?” In that case you’re in luck, because today, we are giving you a sneak peek behind the curtain of one of our projects in the South of France. Enjoy!
December 13th, 2017
In what is fast becoming an annual tradition, Geldof is pleased to welcome a secondary school student as our “employee for a day”. This year’s student is named Simon, and he joins us today as part of YOUCA Action Day. YOUCA Action Day is a campaign by YOUCA (formerly Zuiddag) organized once a year which allows over 15.000 Flemish and Brussels teenagers to join the workforce for a day. The money they raise by doing so is donated to charitable projects for young people in need worldwide. We at Geldof are happy to participate in this initiative, which not only encourages young people to develop their skillset, but also promotes solidarity with the less fortunate. For more information about YOUCA or YOUCA Action Day, please visit www.youca.be.
October 19th, 2017
Recently, Geldof achieved a new milestone in LBC Rotterdam’s Rainbow Project. On a bright and sunlit day, we installed the first module (berth 1) on the jetty. The heaviest of the two separate modules to be shipped to LBC Rotterdam that week, this structure required some special attention…
Module 1 measures 36 meters in length, 8 meters in width, and 14 meters in height and it weighs 330 ton. Construction did not take place on site, but on a quay a couple of kilometers upstream at the Rotterdam harbor. To ensure maximal safety and minimal disruption at the client’s terminal, the module was also equipped with piping, pig stations, valves, walkways and stairways off-site. Once complete, the entire module was installed at LBC Rotterdam in one single piece.
For rigging and transportation, a crane pontoon with double crane was used. Hydraulic cylinders on the hooks kept the entire structure level throughout the operation.
The module has 8 main columns whose footplates had to be placed directly above previously embedded anchors. Ivan Degroote, CPMO at Geldof, explains how the team managed this delicate operation: “The position of the anchors was measured accurately by 3D laser scanning, after which we made a template for building the structure. This way, the anchor pattern and the module were an exact fit. As you can tell, it was a very precise operation requiring millimeter precision.”
We would like to thank everyone involved in making this effort a success.
September 13th, 2017
We are pleased to announce that Geldof has recently been awarded another large full-scope fuel handling project. RWE has trusted Geldof with the contract for the fuel-handling scope of the co-firing project at its Eemshaven plant in the Netherlands. The project, which has a contract value ranging in the tens of millions, consists of the conversion of part of RWE’s coal plant to co-firing biomass (wood pellets). As an EPC contractor, Geldof will be responsible for civil works, electrical works and cabling, firefighting and explosion protection and suppression, as well as for the handling and storage installation. The fuel handling lot contains various handling equipment, including a sidewall conveyor and vertical screw conveyors, while the storage lot exists of a 12.000m³ concrete silo with steel roof with a vibrating floor as reclaiming system.
We would like to thank RWE for their trust in our company and we are looking forward to a successful and mutually beneficial relationship.
RWE Generation is one of the leading power generation companies in Europe. The company currently has a power generation capacity of over 40,000 Megawatt and a workforce of around 14,000 people at 79 locations. In 2015, in Eemshaven, Groningen RWE put a new ultramodern power plant into operation, with a capacity of 1,560 megawatts. By converting this power plant to co-firing biomass, RWE Generation is working to ensure that power is generated in an even more environmentally friendly way in the future, that it continues to be reliably available and remains affordable.
Engicon nv (Geldof)
Geldof is a leading supplier of ‘integrated steel solutions’ for the storage, handling and processing of bulk solids, liquids and gases. We have a strong reputation in the fabrication of dry bulk storage and handling projects, storage tank solutions, pressure vessels and process equipment, and a range of other engineered solutions that often require a combination of high-level competencies in diverse technical areas. Geldof has extensive expertise in renewable and conventional energy, storage and transshipment, and serves the oil and gas industries as well as a broad range of other industries.
September 5th, 2017
Engicon nv (Geldof) is pleased to announce it was awarded with the contract for a wood pellet handling facility at the Uniper power plant on the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Uniper recognizes Geldof’s knowledge and experience in designing and delivering fuel handling solutions for the biomass-to-power industry. Having successfully realized various similar projects across Europe the last decade, Geldof holds a unique track-record in converting existing power plants to co-fire biomass (wood pellets). Geldof’s experience and proven biomass-handling technology will provide exceptional value to the Uniper COCOM project.
Uniper has decided to modify its existing power plant in order to be able to co-combust wood pellets and by doing so, become more carbon efficient and limit any possible adverse effects on the environment even further.
The scope of Geldof comprises the mechanical materials handling system, including Electrical, Instrumentation & Controls. It consists amongst others of the transport system from the ship unloading hopper to the storage silos as well as the unloading of the silos and feed to the boiler house. Basic and detailed engineering has already started and start-up of the new installation is scheduled by the end of 2018.
We would like to thank Uniper for entrusting us with this project.
July 11th, 2017