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.
“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.
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 scrubber 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.
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 turnarounds, 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 turnaround business tends to range between € 50 and 100 million.