Doosan Babcock

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Doosan Babcock Limited
Industry Energy services
Founded 1891
Headquarters Crawley, England
Renfrew, Scotland
Key people CEO Andy Hunt
Employees 5,414 (2008)
Parent Doosan Group
Subsidiaries Doosan Babcock Energy Germany
Doosan Babcock Energy Polska
Website http://www.doosanbabcock.com

Doosan Babcock Ltd is part of Doosan Power Systems S.A., a subsidiary of Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction. It is a power sector OEM, construction, upgrade and after-market services company that offers specialist services and technologies to the fossil-fired power generation, nuclear power generation, and oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

Doosan Babcock's main headquarters are in Crawley, England. European headquarters are in Renfrew, Scotland. The company has manufacturing facilities in the UK, Germany, India, Vietnam and South Korea, and 17 offices around the world.[1]

Company products and services[edit]

Thermal[edit]

Doosan Babcock provides a range of through-life services to the thermal power industry, including project design and construction, plant maintenance, asset integrity, shutdown/turnaround management, plant life extension and upgrades.

The company provides OEM boilers to power plants burning traditional and renewable fuels, plus a range of firing technologies, subcritical or supercritical systems and unit sizes from 100MW to 660MW and above. It has a license agreement with Harbin Boiler, the largest boiler maker in China. Doosan Babcock is the developer of the thermal OxyCoalTM oxy-fuel boiler, used at the Vattenfall Oxyfuel pilot plant in Schwarze Pumpe in Germany. Oxy-fuel boilers use pure oxygen rather than air as the primary oxidant to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.[2]

Ferrybridge Power Station

The company is active in the carbon capture and storage sector and was responsible for designing, building and commissioning the UK’s largest carbon capture pilot plant in Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire, which began operations in November 2011. The project, which uses the company’s advanced amine scrubbing technology is a collaboration between SSE, Doosan Babcock and Vattenfall, and is the first of its size to be integrated into a live power plant in the UK.[3]

Nuclear[edit]

Doosan Babcock has been a major supplier of specialist services to the nuclear industry for around 60 years, since it built the steam raising plant for the world's first commercial nuclear power station, Calder Hall UK, in 1956.[4]

Approximately 3500 Suitably Qualified and Experienced Personnel (SQEP) offer engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), plant maintenance and decommissioning services to the nuclear power industry in the form of specialist support teams, bespoke projects and turnkey solutions. The company has a presence at every nuclear power generating site in the UK.[5]

As a specialist provider of nuclear decommissioning services, Doosan Babcock has managed decommissioning projects at sites around the UK, including Sellafield,[6] Faslane [7] and Bradwell.[8] The company offers techniques and processes for the removal of radioactive waste and the remediation of nuclear facilities. It is at the forefront of waste encapsulation technologies.[9]

Oil, gas and petrochemical[edit]

Doosan Babcock provides project design and construction, plant maintenance, asset integrity assessment, shutdown/turnaround management, plant life extension and upgrade services to the global oil, gas and petrochemical industry.

The company's oil, gas and petrochemical clients include BP, Statoil, Shell, Essar, Total, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, SABIC and Nippon Gohsei.[1]

Technologies[edit]

Doosan Babcock develops and manufactures proprietary safety assessment tools such as the pipe vibration meter,[10] a hazardous area logger and a pipe reeling test rig, and can repair and replace plant components in large workshops in Europe and Asia.[1]

The company also deploys a range of asset integrity assessment technologies, which include non-destructive testing, laser 3D scanning and remote visual inspection.

Safety record and awards[edit]

Doosan headquarters in Crawley, UK

Doosan Babcock achieved eight million man-hours without a lost time incident (LTI) at INEOS Grangemouth in Scotland and 10 million man-hours without an LTI on an emissions-reduction project at Castle Peak Power Station in Hong Kong.[1]

In 2013 the company was presented with the ExxonMobil Fawley Site Contractor Safety Award and the British Safety Council's Sword of Honour [11] for best practices in Health and Safety.

In 2012 Doosan Babcock completed over 36,000 field welds with a 99.88% success rate.[1]

History[edit]

Babcock & Wilcox Limited works, Renfrew circa 1919
Year
    Points of note
1881
  • US-based Babcock & Wilcox Company opens European office in Glasgow, Scotland. Commences boiler making and Singer Manufacturing Company works at Clydebank, initially using components shipped from the US.
1891
  • Babcock & Wilcox Company forms a British company called Babcock & Wilcox Ltd.[12] Board members include renowned Scottish structural engineer Sir William Arrol and Andrew Stewart, of the Lanarkshire-based steel tubemakers A & J Stewart and Menzies, subsequently Stewarts & Lloyds.
1895
  • Manufacturing facility at Renfrew, Scotland based on existing Porterfield Foundry is established.|-
1956
  • Babcock & Wilcox Company supplies the steam raising plant for the world's first commercial nuclear power station, Calder Hall UK.[5]
1968
  • Welding Skills Centre established to provide in-house training and development.
1979
  • Babcock Power Ltd established (later renamed Babcock Energy Ltd).
1982
  • Babcock Energy Ltd floats on the stock exchange, becoming Babcock International PLC.
1987
  • Babcock International PLC enters short-lived merger with FKI Electricals PLC, forming FKI Babcock PLC.
1989
1995
  • A 75% stake in Babcock's boiler manufacturing and energy services activities (known as Babcock Energy Ltd) is sold to Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding of Japan, to become Mitsui Babcock Energy Ltd.[14]
  • Babcock Energy Ltd provides the steam generators for Sizewell B UK.
2006
2010
2012
  • Doosan Power Systems Ltd renamed Doosan Power Systems UK Ltd.
2013
  • Doosan Power Systems UK Ltd renamed Doosan Babcock Ltd.
  • Doosan Babcock Ltd invest £20 million in UK test facility and research and development activities. New offices open in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Doosan Babcock Oil, Gas and Petrochemical" (PDF). Doosan Power Systems. Doosan Babcock Limited. 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Power Plant Combustion Method". Power Plant CSS. 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "CC Pilot100+" (PDF). SSE. SSE. 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Calder Hall Power Station No. 1" (PDF). The Engineer. 31 August 1998. pp. 464–467. 
  5. ^ a b "Nuclear. New Build and Operational Support" (PDF). Doosan Power Systems. Doosan Power Systems. 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Suppliers". Sellafield. 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Fisher, Paul (23 March 2011). "Doosan Babcock Overview of Two Decommissioning Projects" (PDF). Scottish Enterprise. Doosan Power Systems. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Doosan Babcock achieves early milestone in Bradwell deplanting". Doosan Power Systems. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Polymeric encapsulation for radioactive waste immobilisation". Engineer Live. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Pipe Vibration Meter (PVM)". Pipe Vibration Meter. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Sword of Honour Winners 2013" (PDF). British Safety Council. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Records of Babcock International Group plc". NAHSTE. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Records of Babcock Industrial & Electrical Products Ltd". University of Glasgow Archive Services. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "UK Activity Report - Babcock". UK Business Park. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Mitsui to sell Mitsui Babcock to South Korean Firm". Antara. Retrieved 18 November 2013. [dead link]

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