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Power T&D

Amec Foster Wheeler operates in select geographies internationally supporting the utility, renewable, oil & gas, mining and process industries with power transmission and distribution (T&D) services including:

Amec Foster Wheeler offers a range of consultancy for power, gas and carbon capture and storage (CCS). Our power systems consultancy expertise includes system studies for: long range planning and design; power flow, stability and transient simulation; harmonic analysis and filter design; HVDC ground electrode design and connection analysis. <br /><br /> <b>We offer performance specification for power projects as follows:</b> <br /> <UL> <LI>HVDC converter stations <LI>AC substations <LI>AC and DC transmission lines <LI>Underground/submarine cable installations <LI>Substation automation systems <LI>SVC and FACTS devices <LI>Station grounding and HVDC ground electrodes</LI> </UL> <br /> <b>Our network consulting services include system studies for:</b> <br /> <UL> <LI>Long range planning and design <LI>Power flow, short circuit and transient simulation <LI>Harmonic analysis and filter design <LI>HVDC ground electrode design <LI>Interconnection analysis <LI>Market economic analysis <LI>Standards and compliance services</LI> </UL>

Amec Foster Wheeler offers a range of overhead line engineering services including: <br /><br /> <UL> <LI><b>HVDC/HVAC engineering design feasibility studies</b><br />Development of fundamental system parameters, conceptual designs, technical evaluation of potential solutions, and economic evaluation of the costs of implementation of the various options for the bulk transmission of electrical power over long distances. <LI><b>Uprating and refurbishment studies</b><br />Determination of suitable technical solutions and the associated economic costs for uprating or extension of the asset life of existing transmission lines. <LI><b>Detailed design</b><br />Amec Foster Wheeler provides detailed designs of all types of transmission lines ranging from complex lattice towers through to simple single pole solutions. The design of transmission lines requires robust foundation design solutions to cope with the severe loading combinations that sometimes result from combinations of service loads and construction techniques. For refurbishment projects Amec Foster Wheeler has developed a complete mini-pile solution. <LI><b>Design life extension including asset condition surveys</b></LI> </UL>

Engineering design - Amec Foster Wheeler’s team of highly experienced engineers provide exceptional services in substation planning, engineering, and supervision. They possess the latest knowledge in AIS and GIS substation design and can provide full design for new substations and upgrades to existing schemes. <br /><br /> Expertise covers both AC and DC, all voltage levels up to 500KV employing the latest switchgear designs for either outdoor or indoor facilities. <br /><br /> <b>Our services cover both primary and secondary applications namely:</b> <UL> <LI>HVDC converter stations <LI>AC substations transmission and distribution <LI>Transportation (rail) substations both AC and DCAC and DC transmission line connections. <LI>HV and LV underground/submarine cable installations <LI>Substation automation systems <LI>SVC and FACTS devices <LI>Substation grounding and HVDC ground electrodes <LI>Protection, control, and auxiliary systems <LI>Plant, equipment and civil layouts and sections <LI>UPS and battery system designs <LI>Substation auxiliary plant and services, including lighting, security, fire detection and protection schemes <LI>Design life extension including asset condition surveys</LI </UL>

Amec Foster Wheeler has leading edge capability in this regard with its in-house ‘DART’ aerial survey system. DART combines real time GIS mapping with the latest ‘point cloud’ laser scanning digital survey techniques to produce accurate 3D ground profiles. All Amec Foster Wheeler designers are trained in the use of PLS CADD software to undertake line design activities. <br /><br /> In mapping and routing studies identification of the optimum route is critical to the production of efficient design. Amec Foster Wheeler provides <a href="http://import_amec.grouptreedev.net/services/environmental-services/environmental-services">environmental services</a> in the planning, development and delivery of projects.

Amec Foster Wheeler has extensive experience of delivering overhead line (OHL) and underground transmission line projects. This includes all aspects of programme and project management established over many years across a number of countries delivering 400kV and 275kV new build as well as refurbishment projects for a number of clients. Projects can be delivered from conception through engineering, design, construction and commissioning phases through to final close out. <br /><br /> We have an exemplary approach to health, safety, security and the environment. We have strong behavioural safety throughout the whole delivery process, from concept to commissioning. Risk assessment, mitigation and management form part of our working procedures to ensure projects are delivered to time, cost and quality. Project controls are highly developed within our business, monitoring throughout the life of the project to provide accurate assessment of cost and schedule at all times. <br /><br /> We use a number of key tools to manage all necessary interfaces throughout the lifecycle of projects. In this way, key stakeholders are engaged from the outset of the project allowing the whole team to remain focused and lines of communication open. <br /><br /> Amec Foster Wheeler has one of the largest transmission line delivery capabilities in the UK, which includes ownership of a large specialist fleet of the different types of specialist equipment required to construct and install both overhead and underground electricity transmission lines for voltages from 132kV to 400kV. This fleet is continually refreshed to reflect changes in delivery methods and to capture innovation.

Project and site management - Amec Foster Wheeler has many years experience project managing complex projects on transmission and distribution sites and are capable of managing large multiple projects simultaneously from conception through engineering, construction and commissioning stages to closeout. <br /><br /> Strong health, safety, security and environmental (including CDM) process and culture is established at commencement with continuous risk assessment and monitoring throughout the project to ensure the correct control measures are in place and maintained. <br /><br /> We have excellent leadership and communication skills ensuring all stakeholders are involved from the outset of the project, and the project team remain motivated and focused throughout the life of the project. <br /><br /> <b>Installation</b><br /> Amec Foster Wheeler’s construction management and installation operatives are all time served and have extensive training and knowledge throughout the spectrum of voltage ranges up to 500KV. <br /><br /> Our in-house training facilities ensure all operatives are fully trained and compliant with all aspects of safety, environmental and electrical compliance and legislation. Product and installation procedures are constantly reviewed ensuring the highest level of competency and quality. <br /><br /> Amec Foster Wheeler is able to provide installation of all civil, ground and access works, LV/MV and HV primary plant and associated equipment including, but not restricted to the following: <br /><br /> <UL> <LI>HV switchgear AIS and GIS 66kV - 400kV <LI>Power and distribution transformers <LI>Disconnections <LI>Current and voltage transformers <LI>Capacitor banks <LI>UPS, battery and charging systems <LI>Control and protection panel and systems <LI>Copper and aluminium bus bars and overhead conductors <LI>Towers, gantries and equipment support structures <LI>Earthing systems <LI>Indoor MV switchgear 6.6kV - 33kV <LI>AVC panels <LI>LVAC and DC distribution boards <LI>Power and control cables <LI>Small power, lighting, fire protection and detection, and security schemes <LI>Fibre-optic installation and testing <LI>Refurbishment, retrofitting and equipment modifications <LI>Ground works <LI>Equipment bases and support <LI>Access roads and associated fences and gates <LI>Security works</LI> </UL> <br /><br /> <b>Commissioning</b><br /> Amec Foster Wheeler provides a complete ‘hands on’ testing and commissioning service to cater for all systems and voltage levels, including complex protection and control schemes in use on HV distribution and transmission systems. <br /><br /> A full range of tests are carried out, specifically tailored to any system utilising the very best, safe, modern test equipment. Comprehensive testing of power systems is essential to ensure optimum performance and confirm that all plant and equipment will operate safely within the design parameters: <br /><br /> <UL> <LI>Testing and commissioning of protection and control schemes in use on HV/MV distribution and EHV transmission systems <LI>High voltage AC and DC pressure testing of switchgear, bus bars and cables <LI>Preparation of detailed commissioning reports, risk assessments, method statements, plant test schedules, procedures and checklist documentation for use during the testing and pre-commissioning work <LI>Fault diagnosis and trouble-shooting, replacement of cards and equipment <LI>Modification of drawings to ‘As built’ status on completion of commissioning works.</LI> </UL>

Programme delivery of metering systems involves a range of programme management, logistic and customer service skills for both dumb and smart meters. <br /><br /> Smart meters can provide local consumption information and effectively facilitate time based tariff applications for demand management. Deployment requires a range of skills including electrical, gas and telecommunications installation plus customer access and service skills. <br /><br /> Amec Foster Wheeler is able to offer highly productive programme management, logistics and field deployment services through experience in metering rollout programmes and incentivisation of field technicians. In addition our field technician engagement model offers potential savings.

Amec Foster Wheeler offers specialised training from project management to field operatives. In addition to having one of the largest resources of trained personnel within the electricity transmission sector, Amec Foster Wheeler is also the largest trainer of personnel for this part of the UK electricity industry. <br /><br /> Amec Foster Wheeler has a fully-equipped training school at its premises in the North East of England that provides a full range of training on all aspects of construction of high voltage power transmission lines and facilities from operation through to linesmen. Amec Foster Wheeler has another fully-equipped training school that provides a comprehensive range of training on all aspects of construction of high voltage power transmission, gas distribution and metering.

Smart grids incorporate a range sensors/instrumentation, automated substations and software to deliver information for asset management and network operation and maintenance activities including power/gas flow management and emergency response. Amec Foster Wheeler offers both consultancy and delivery skills in partnership with leading system integration suppliers. Amec Foster Wheeler is currently an active participant in industry forums including the World Economic Forum working group.

Amec Foster Wheeler provides a complete life of asset solution from consultancy, engineering, procurement and construction management, through to operations and maintenance. Our transmission engineers provide a total service in power transmission engineering. Complemented by programme and project managers, we deliver projects on time, to budget and quality standards. <br /><br /> Through our joint venture, Teshmont Consultants, we are a world leader in high voltage power transmission engineering specialising in HVDC power transmission systems. We have provided services for projects which represent over 50 percent of the world’s installed capacity of HVDC transmission. <br /><br /> With more than 40 years experience in the study, design, construction review, and commissioning of AC and DC high voltage transmission systems, we have the resources, capability and experience to engineer and manage both small and complex projects. <br /><br /> Our detailed knowledge of offshore facilities; their performance and the necessary requirements for their specification and design to maintain asset life in the harsh offshore environment, enables us to call on unrivalled expertise in developing sensible and cost effective risk based services for offshore facilities. <br /><br /> With more than 3,000 scientists, geologists, engineers, biologists, environmental planners and other specialists, we also offer an impressive depth and breadth of environmental capabilities. Our specialists deliver consulting services to public and private sector clients globally, often in long-term relationships.

Amec Foster Wheeler has leading edge capability in this regard with its in-house ‘DART’ aerial survey system. DART combines real time GIS mapping with the latest ‘point cloud’ laser scanning digital survey techniques to produce accurate 3D ground profiles. All Amec Foster Wheeler designers are trained in the use of PLS CADD software to undertake line design activities. <br /><br /> In mapping and routing studies identification of the optimum route is critical to the production of efficient design. Amec Foster Wheeler provides <a href="http://import_amec.grouptreedev.net/services/environmental-services/environmental-services">environmental services</a> in the planning, development and delivery of projects.

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