Vital Energi wins contract to help create new sustainable Center Parcs


No ifs, No T-butts…introducing the Composite Steam Boiler...


Boiler Operation Accreditation courses in Qatar


Scotlands' Micro Employer of the Year

Highland company Boiler and Valve Engineering was named as Scotland’s Micro Employer of the Year at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2018. The specialist engineering firm recruited two apprentices in one year because of its belief in the value they bring to the business. Managing Director Andrew Macdonald believes apprentices bring energy and enthusiasm that can only benefit his business, which provides maintenance services for major distilleries and public sector organisations across Scotland.

 Micro_Employer_of_the_Year.jpgPictured: Andrew MacDonald with apprentices Kenneth Murdoch, Connor Brown and Skills Development Scotland chairman John F McClelland CBE.

Nairn-based Boiler and Valve Engineering Ltd has been named Micro Employer of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.

The specialist engineering firm has recruited two engineering apprentices to its five-strong workforce since forming 18 months ago and both are studying towards a qualification at Inverness College UHI as part of its modern apprenticeship programme.

Second year apprentice Kenneth Murdoch has been with the firm since the outset and attends Inverness College UHI one day per week, studying for an HNC in Engineering Systems.

Connor Brown is a first-year apprentice who joined the firm this year. He attends Inverness College UHI two days per week and is studying towards an SVQ2 in Performing Engineering Operations.

Boiler and Valve Engineering Ltd, which specialises in industrial steam and hot water boilers for major distilleries and public-sector organisations, was nominated by the university in recognition of its strong commitment to the apprenticeship scheme and the belief in the value they bring to a company.

The awards took place at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery on Thursday 16th November.

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Vital Energi wins contract to help create new sustainable Center Parcs

Specialist sustainable energy company, Vital Energi, has won the contract to create the district heating network for Center Parcs’ fifth holiday village in the UK, due to open in spring 2014.

The new £250 million Woburn Forest Center Parcs in Bedfordshire is currently under construction and is being built to an exemplary level of energy efficiency and sustainability standards.

Center Parcs Woburn Forest will comprise of 625 low carbon forest lodges and a 75-bed hotel and spa. It will also include indoor and outdoor sports facilities, restaurants, retail units, a lake and swimming pool.

Birse Civils, the Balfour Beatty Company which has won the £26 million contract to build the infrastructure for the village, has awarded the contract for designing, supplying and installing the main district heating network to Blackburn-based Vital Energi.

Work began on installing the 18km of pre-insulated steel and flexible plastic pipes in June 2012 and is due for completion by December 2012.

To accommodate the unique geography of the holiday village, which is being built within a forest, Vital Energi has worked with the client to design a district heating network which navigates a complex environment and includes an unprecedented amount of specially-made curved steel pipe.

Ian Whitelock, joint managing director of Vital Energi, commented: "Vital Energi is delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract and to be able to use our expertise to help Center Parcs realise its ambition of a more sustainable heating system for its new Woburn Forest holiday village.

Woburn Forest will be an exemplary sustainable tourism destination. Center Parcs is investing in energy efficiency and renewable technologies to achieve its aim of consuming 25 per cent less energy than the average existing village.

Center Parcs UK Limited welcomed 1.6 million visitors to its four existing villages last year and still managed to achieve 7 per cent carbon reduction across the company. This year Center Parcs is aiming for a four per cent carbon reduction.

Center Parcs was ranked joint number one in the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Performance League Table, published for the first time last year. The league table ranks companies and organisations on their efforts to improve energy efficiency.


No ifs, No T-butts…introducing the Composite Steam Boiler...

...that steamrollers the competition!

With its unique design features optimising efficiency and saving plant owners money, the ICI Caldaie Composite Steam Boiler is fast becoming the boiler of choice throughout the Water Industry.

The ICI Composite Boiler range has been selected for some of the highest-profile enhanced Bio Gas projects currently being delivered in the UK, including Beckton & Crossness THP projects and the 4 Anglian Water AMP 5 Special Projects (Basildon, Cliff Quay, Colchester and Pye Wipe STWs). It is also being considered for a number of other on-going schemes.

In addition, a worldwide THP technology provider has recognised the numerous advantages that come with an ICI Caldaie Composite Boiler.

The first feature of the composite boiler is the fired section, consisting of a three pass and fully wet back design. ICI Caldaie incorporates all its standard firetube boiler design features into its composite boilers, ensuring a long and reliable life-cycle.

The Benefits

  • The main boiler body is manufactured with flanged tube plates – rather than traditional t-butt welds - to ensure maximum security and reduced stress points.
  • Large furnace designed for low heat release, incorporating possible corrugated design.
  • Front doors fitted to the boiler by double pin joint hinges that can be opened without removing the burner.
  • Feed water inlet thermal sleeve and stainless steel sparge pipe
  • Internal steam separator to ensure dryness fraction of 99.5%.
  • Arced internal support brackets to reduce stress points.                                       

Combining a waste heat and fired boiler together, this ICI Caldaie product has a separate section for utilising high-grade waste heat from new CHP assets. The waste heat operates as the primary fuel source to generate the provision of free steam for on-site process requirements as opposed to using non-renewable fuel sources such as gas and oil, which obviously come at an additional cost.

Efficiency of the composite unit can be improved, typically in excess of 5%, with the addition of flue gas economisers.

ICI Caldaie UK Ltd. is a member of the Torishima Global Group of companies, having been part-acquired by Torishima (Europe) Projects (TEP), in the autumn of 2012.

TEP specialise in the turnkey delivery of steam and hotwater boilerhouse systems and associated process plant.

For more information, contact Steve Poole, UK Industrial Boiler Manager at ICI Caldaie Ltd. or call: 01373-825563


Boiler Operation Accreditation courses in Qatar

Hamad Medical Corporation’s boiler operatives are the first to receive accredited qualification outside of the UK. David Kilpatrick, director of the Combustion Engineering Association reports.

Leaving aside the magic of steam trains and the “proper engineering” of working museum exhibits, it is easy to miss the principal applications of steam. Steam is a very efficient method of transferring energy from a boiler to multiple locations where a wide variety of processes may need heat energy. Hot water can do this, but steam can pack so much more energy into the same volume and has the bonus of being ready for sterilisation of plant and products if required. That is why steam tends to be the energy vector of choice in hospitals.

The UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE), The Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) and the Safety Assessment Federation (Safed), manufacturers, training centres and employers all saw the need to create best practice guidance in safe boiler operation that everyone could support. The UK’s Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) provides the independent platform to bring all parties together and subsequently issue certificates to qualified operatives. That certificate is in the name of the Boiler Operation Assessment Scheme (BOAS), which also accommodates the supervisors and Managers.

Green Energy & Environmental Services Co. (GEESC) is an authorised Qatari training and consultancy company that delivers training and consultancy services to the major industries and governmental entities in Qatar. With a staff of over 800, many of whom have responsibility for operating the steam boilers across HMC’s sites throughout Qatar, Robert Smith, head of facilities at the Hamad Medical Corporation, was very keen to have some of his key staff qualified to international standards. Smith said: “with so much development and growth in the medical facilities market, I was becoming aware that sometimes my staff, in this case steam boiler operatives, had not received much formal training, or at least not for some time; so I set about formalising a training and certification programme to ensure that everyone was aware of the current best practice.”

While the engineers were competent with lots of experience and were made up of graduate engineers, navy, merchant navy, electrical engineers and some trained by US naval, there were gaps in the training they had received.

GEESC received a request for quotation from Hamad Medical Corporation for the delivery of BOAS training and subsequently contacted the CEA in the UK to find a suitable supplier for the course. Some of the eight BOAS approved training providers submitted proposals to GEESC for the work and after a selection process, Byworth Boilers were chosen to bid with GEESC to deliver the training in Doha. GEESC went on to win the project for delivering the BOAS Training to Hamad Medical Corporation.

GEESC is the authorised representative for Byworth Boilers in Qatar. The training carried out by Steve Blackburn of Byworth Boilers, in Doha, was the first BOAS course for 40 candidates from the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). The training took place at their Engineering Training Department, Hamad Medical City, Doha. The candidates were from various sites across Qatar including from the Doha medical centre. Each of the two cohorts took five days (Sunday – Thursday) to complete and the qualification which is likened to taking a driving test but not the lessons leading to that test, as all candidates have to have previous experience in order to qualify for the course.

Candidates spent three days in the training room and half a day in the Central Boiler House for practical ‘hands on’ experience and training. The first of the two courses had 19 attendees with 23 for the second (40 took the exams), and for the practical work the trainees were in groups of 5 or 6. All four exam papers were taken at the Engineering Training Centre, with assessments done by Iain Summerfield of Kiwa GASTEC at CRE Cheltenham took place over the following 5 days. Iain followed exactly the same process that we use in the UK, where strict separation is maintained between the training programme and the ultimate assessment of competence.

The very enthusiastic trainees ranged from senior engineers to boiler operators and all were from either the Philippines or India. Maire Gallen organised the training for Green Energy and Floriano Kempis for HMC, and the course was authorised by Robert Smith, director of engineering for HMC. Abdulla al Kubaisi is the head of training for HMC, with more training programmes anticipated to follow. 

The final part of the process is the CEA registration, done by CEA officials based at its new offices in Sedgefield. The information supplied by the candidate to the training centre, the examination results and Assessor’s report, all of which go toward verification that the candidate justify registration under BOAS. 

Successful candidates receive a CEA certificate, confirming BOAS accreditation valid for five years, together with an identity card to confirm their status.



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