Norfolk firm offers first-class support for any energy project
Established in 2015, Great Yarmouth-based N-ERGISE provides safe, innovative solutions to companies in the offshore and onshore sectors worldwide.
“We’re more than a service company – we are engineers and problem-solvers,” says Adam Tucker, head of business development and strategy. “We can do anything from turnkey engineered solutions to providing the plant, personnel and equipment needed to get the job done.”
Here are just some of the sectors that N-ERGISE supports.
Whether onshore or offshore, N-ERGISE knows how to meet the challenges posed by large-scale wind projects. From initial installation through to non-destructive testing (NDT), fabric maintenance inspections and remedial works, the company can assist at all stages of wind farm construction and operation.
One of its largest projects to date was for BorWin3, a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) link to transmit offshore wind power to the national grid of the German mainland.
“Working off rope access, we did paint inspection and remedial paint repairs, as well as remedial work to the jacket’s main structure, caissons and J-tubes, plus the underneath of the topsides and the top deck,” says Tim Crane, head of projects.
N-ERGISE also assisted Babcock with the installation of two wind farms off the coast of Cumbria in 2018.
Oil and gas
N-ERGISE supports numerous decommissioning projects in the oil and gas sector – providing surveys and personnel to assist with the removal of offshore platforms at the end of their operational life.
The company carries out initial decommissioning studies to determine the scope and cost of the required work.
“Part of that study would require the development of a detailed schedule to identify work breakdown, sequencing and a timeline of how those scopes are going to be delivered,” says Tim.
“As you take a structure apart, it loses its integrity, so you sometimes have to put things back into the structure to allow you to remove it,” he adds.
N-ERGISE also offers a range of support services for oil and gas operators, including platform inspections and dropped-object studies, as well as paint, repair and remedial works. It can also provide welders and scaffolders who are trained for rope access.
In the nuclear sector, N-ERGISE can deliver anything from industrial door installations to load cell inspections and testing.
It also provides mechanical and electrical services, in addition to offshore buoy maintenance and “innovative design” for nuclear projects – as well as alterations to process plants in stations being decommissioned.
In 2019, the company completed a decommissioning programme for Sizewell A. Various equipment needed to be removed from the offshore inlet and outlet towers, which had been redundant since the station went offline.
“They were used mainly as a nesting post for kittiwakes,” says Tim. “We supplied a heavy lift barge, cleaned all the bird guano, removed all the furniture on the deck of the superstructure and also removed asbestos using a specialist company.
“We only had a five-and-a-half-month window because we couldn’t impact the nesting season for the kittiwakes,” he adds. “We started in late September and finished three months ahead of schedule.”
Port and infrastructure
Effective port operations depend on regular maintenance and repair work – and this is something that N-ERGISE provides for ports across the UK, including the Port of Felixstowe.
“We have a team of welders and a supervisor at the port,” says Tim. “We supply full welding services on a minimum five-day week and on an ‘as required’ basis.”
N-ERGISE carries out repairs on essential infrastructure such as cranes and crane rails, in addition to trailers and vehicles used to move equipment or shipping containers.
It also works on fuel storage sites with the British Pipeline Agency (BPA). “We do electrical installations and tank inspections, and we have also been discussing paint and remedial works on some of its sites,” says Tim.
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Introducing N-ERGISE's head of projects
Tim Crane joined N-ERGISE as senior project manager in August 2015, becoming head of projects in June 2018. Prior to N-ERGISE, Tim spent more than 30 years in the oil and gas sector, managing a number of large decommissioning projects, including the Shell Inde gas field and the DP4 field in Morecambe Bay.
He has gone on to apply this experience to the nuclear and renewables sectors with recent projects including the Sizewell A decommissioning and the BorWin3 offshore wind installation in Germany.
Leading the projects teams at N-ERGISE is “very high-pressured at times” but also “really interesting and varied”, says Tim.
“I like the commercial and scheduling aspects of the work – and engaging different skills in order to get projects completed,” he adds.
Tim’s interest in engineering began at college. He completed an apprenticeship with Eric Electronics, one of Great Yarmouth’s biggest employers at the time, and then went on to work as a marine surveyor. This gave him a “good grounding” for future work in water, oil and gas, and now renewable energy.
“It’s very easy to transfer knowledge and experience from one industry to the next,” he says. “And quite often, you bring something new to the table for people already working in that industry