Sustainability Report 2018

Sustainable industrial services

Why this topic is important to us

In recent years, the rules and regulations governing the operation of industrial plants consistently have been tightened. It is likely that the requirements regarding the emissions, energy efficiency, and performance of such plants will continue to become stricter. Likewise, the public increasingly has been expecting industrial plants to be operated with the smallest possible ecological impact. One example illustrating this trend is the MARPOL Convention, which imposes stricter limits on the sulfur-dioxide emissions of maritime vessels with worldwide effect as of 2020.

For this reason and others as well, we are seeing growing demand for pioneering solutions enabling industrial plants to be highly productive yet efficient while reducing their ecological footprint at the same time. With our services, we put our customers in a position to fulfill these various regulations and to achieve their own sustainability targets, both in our service line Engineering & Technology as well as in Maintenance, Modifications & Operations.

Duncan Hall (quote-portrait)

“Sustainability in the process industry means everyone in our business being committed to the highest Health, Safety and Environmental performance with a clear focus on driving energy efficiency, low emissions, and high plant availability. Our range of services supports precisely these objectives for Bilfinger and its’ customers”

Duncan Hall, COO Bilfinger SE

We see a promising market for the provision of sustainable industrial services, one that is gaining in importance across industries and regions. Accordingly, we have made it our goal to develop new products and solutions in this field while intensifying our efforts to market our existing ones.

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Pinch analysis

Optimizing energy demand
Pinch analysis (photo)

Pinch analysis is a procedure used to optimize energy flows at industrial plants. The plant’s systems and their technical operating processes are first recorded using thermal imaging and then mapped in virtual form with the aid of a software program. The software, which was developed by Bilfinger Bohr- und Rohrtechnik in collaboration with the Technical University of Vienna, uses high-performance analytical tools allowing allow ideal plant conditions to be modelled. These can then serve as a basis for improving the management of energy demand and for reliably calculating the impacts that any planned modifications are likely to have on the overall energy balance of a given industrial plant.

Engineering & Technologies

The service line Engineering & Technologies is where we bundle all those operations that rely on engineering services and technical solutions. They relate mostly to projects in which our customers invest into property, plant, and equipment. The project-management system we deploy to meet the demands of this business is based in a globally active division steered at corporate HQ and focused on specific industries and engineering disciplines. So as to ensure an optimal exchange of knowledge, the project managers in the regions use various platforms to network with one another and with corporate HQ. Bundling our engineering and technology services in this internationally active division warrants to our customers that throughout the Group, we are able to draw upon the latest findings, best know-how, and most extensive practical experience in developing innovative and sustainable solutions.

Examples of sustainable industrial services from Engineering & Technologies include our solutions for the maritime transport industry and our portfolio for the handling, conditioning, and storage of nuclear waste and the dismantling of atomic energy plants. In this part of our business, we took the technical expertise that we had accumulated in the conventional power plant sector and specifically adapted it to the maritime transport and nuclear industries, respectively.

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LNG facilities

Compact solutions for LNG production
LNG facilities (photo)

Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) is one of the most promising alternative fuels for the land and maritime transport sectors. This is why the European Commission actively promotes the use of LNG and is pushing for a comprehensive grid of LNG filling stations for ships and trucks. In response to the growing demand for this fuel, Bilfinger has developed small-scale plants allowing LNG to be produced with gas originating from various sources. Bilfinger also offers technologies for methane liquefaction as well as for LNG storage and loading stations.

Maintenance, Modifications & Operations

Our service line Maintenance, Modifications & Operations encompasses all of our activities in connection with the ongoing maintenance and modification of industrial plants and their operation. Typically, this involves the provision of services based on long-term framework agreements so as to ensure and continually optimize ongoing plant operations. Since the demand profile for such services will generally vary from one location to another, we have structured this business into regions: Continental Europe, Northwest Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Since our regional units provide these services, the efficiency of the plants we look after is continually improved on site, in parallel with the maintenance and expansion measures we perform.

Some of the sustainable industrial services in this service line include insulation work and , for example. Our insulation activities reduce a given plant’s energy consumption, thus markedly lowering its CO2 emissions. Each year, we generate an output volume of roughly € 300 million for insulation-related services, which run the gamut from consulting and engineering to the actual installation of insulation. Practical examples include insulating ultra-frozen LNG pipelines in Norway or analyzing the thermal radiation patterns of individual plant components.

Our turnaround services, meanwhile, allow us to modify and refurbish industrial plants while keeping downtimes down to a minimum. Thus, our comprehensive maintenance, refurbishment, and modernization measures regularly also will include improvements of the affected plants’ sustainability profile. The turnover generated annually by our business tends to range between € 50 and 100 million.

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“The road towards a <2° economy”

A collaborative project to reduce CO2 emissions
A collaborative project (photo)

The collaborative project known as “Weg in die <2°-Wirtschaft” is intended to demonstrate that a greenhouse-gas-neutral economy is feasible and that it can open up new opportunities. Bilfinger is a participant of this project, which is jointly sponsored by Foundation 2°– German Businesses for Climate Protection and by WWF Deutschland. Specifically, Bilfinger is involved in the working group “transparancy4earth” that pursues the aim of making the industrial production process more transparent so that new ways to reduce CO2-emissions can be identified.

Scrubber
Device (wet separator, absorber) that removes gas pollutants
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Turnaround
Comprehensive maintenance work on an industrial plant during which the plant is shut down
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Turnaround
Comprehensive maintenance work on an industrial plant during which the plant is shut down
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