Year: 2009

New Start and Internal Announcements for April, May and June 2009

Patricia Phillips joined PROjEN on Monday 20th April 2009 as a part time Assistant Document Controller reporting to Dave Mairs. Pat is based at Northwich assisting Vicky Hough with document control.

Shane Pugh was invited to join the PROjEN Executive Management Team in May 2009, tasked with the duty of delivering the Business Plan for 2009 and beyond. Shane’s role will focus on the development of business through PROjEN’s Energy, Environmental and Compliance offering. In addition he will take on some specific Client Account management duties. Shane’s role will continue to include development and management of his team to ensure the successful delivery of business in these three key areas.

PROjEN were pleased to welcome John Hargreaves back. John rejoined PROjEN on Tuesday 5th May 2009 as a Senior Mechanical Engineer based at Northwich and reporting to Tony Lea. John had worked at O’Hares, Aker Kvaerner and Ineos Chlor since leaving PROjEN in January 2004.

It was officially announced that Chris Shaw had been appointed as Deputy to Mike McKay, Process Section Head, a role he had been doing unofficially for quite some time. Chris has been with PROjEN for over 8 years (albeit with a year career break half way through) and he has been a key member of a number of high profile projects at PROjEN such as the GSK R22 replacement project, and the Greenergy Plymouth Terminal upgrade.

Congratulations to Colin Hold who has passed his degree with a 2:1 after four hard years of part time University. Colin has been with PROjEN since May 2008 providing EC&I Engineering services.

A number of contract Process Engineers, Mechanical Designers and EC&I Site Engineers were also welcomed to PROjEN during this quarter.

Local firm Nalco chooses PROjEN and benefits local economy

PROjEN the award winning Project Management Company based in Cheshire have been engaged by local firm Nalco to help with the disinvestment of equipment at their Weavergate Plant.

Nalco Company is one of the world’s leading water treatment and process improvement companies, delivering significant environmental, social and economic performance benefits to a variety of industrial and institutional customers.

Nalco and PROjEN are both located along Winnington Avenue in Northwich have a long history of working together.

Nalco contacted PROjEN in early 2009 to assist with the modification of their operations at the Weavergate plant. The key aim of the project is to make the plant more efficient in line with the changing nature of the water treatments market in the UK and Europe.

The disinvestment project is being headed up by PROjEN’s Mark Taylor and will involve the stripping out and removal of vessels, process plant equipment, pipework, electrics and structural steel. It is anticipated that the works will take place throughout 2009.

PROjEN will undertake the role of Managing Contractor to project manage the implementation of the required modifications and will also support Nalco with all Health and Safety / <a href=”https://www.projen.co.uk/cdm-regulations.php”>CDM</a> responsibilities in ensuring full compliance with current legislation and best practice. PROjEN have a long track record of successfully delivering projects safely; a statement that is supported through PROjEN’s recent attainment of the 2009 RoSPA Gold Medal Award for Health and Safety – their 8th consecutive RoSPA Gold Award.

Speaking today Martin Seabrook, PROjEN’s MD said, “It’s great that Nalco have decided to maintain our relationship with them and chosen a local firm to help with their business re-alignment. We have been neighbours for many years and in times of recession it is good to see that they continue to support local business. This project involves a number of different disciplines and the use of skilled engineers. A high percentage of our engineers are local people which means that there is a knock on effect in terms of local job market and local economy and in today’s climate that can only be a good thing.”

PROjEN raise over £2000 for Charity Swimathon

PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based in Northwich, Cheshire has just raised £2,037.70 which will benefit both national and locally based charities.

In March 2009, the Northwich Rotary Club hosted their annual Swimathon at the Moss Farm Pool, Northwich in support of their nominated charities. The “PROjEN Piranha’s” team were participating in the event for the fifth consecutive year.

The President of the Rotary Club, Nick Gidney (pictured) attended PROjEN’s Head Office in Northwich to receive the cheque which was presented by PROjEN’s Finance Director, Marcus Royle.

The 2009 Swimathon Team consisted of Sharon Bebbington, Angela Keegan, Marcus Royle, Mark Taylor, Matthew Cowell, Jonathan Britton and Lyndon Workman who all gave up their time to help raise money for local worthy causes whilst keeping fit in the process. This year they topped all previous years’ records, managing to complete a total of 182 lengths in the 55 minutes allowed.

Martin Seabrook, PROjEN’s Managing Director commenting after the event said “It is great to see PROjEN staff’s continued commitment to this event. It is the fifth year that PROjEN have taken part and it is fantastic that they have taken time out of their weekend to participate and raise funds at this not only fun but beneficial event.”

PROjEN and their “Italian Job!”

PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based in Cheshire have been working a little further a field recently, Ravenna in Italy to be precise.

PROjEN engineers were contracted by Cabot Carbon to provide engineering expertise at their Italian Ravenna Site which is on the Adriatic Coast.

PROjEN has a long history of working with Cabot Carbon, but usually in the UK at their Ellesmere Port Site. Cabot Carbon’s Management approached PROjEN to assist at the Italian site as they were very impressed with PROjEN’s past work and required their expertise in carrying out major modifications to two of their Carbon Black Manufacturing Lines.

The project has been fast tracked to 2010 and is a high priority to Cabot Carbon with Carbon Black being the core ingredient used in Tyre Manufacture; so it is essential that the line modifications are carried out in a timely manner so not to interrupt supply.

The modifications will require engineering expertise from process, electrical and mechanical backgrounds and the team involved in this assignment include PROjEN’s Martin Slaney as Project Manager, John Sweetingham as Lead Process Engineer, Martin Briggs Lead ECI Engineer and Dave Mairs as Technical Expert.

PROjEN have already completed Phase II of the project and are now in the process of preparing a quote for the Front End Engineering, and if successful, they anticipate starting Phase III in July 2009 with a completion date due for October 2009.

Speaking today Dave Mairs, PROjEN’s Engineering Manager commented “it’s not often that we work outside of the UK, but in this case it is a compliment to our past works at Cabot’s Ellesmere Port site that we were contacted re this assignment. We are preparing for Phase III of the assignment now and it’s surprising just how many of our engineers are interested in lending a hand, it must be their interest in Carbon Black and certainly not the location of the assignment!

Lorna Coney from Little Leigh Primary School the design award

As part of PROjEN’s commitment to sustainability, the award winning Project Management Company, based in Northwich, recently launched a poster design competition for pupils at Little Leigh Primary School and Lorna Coney’s design was selected as the winning entry.

In 2009 PROjEN made a commitment to promote sustainability, as part of their ongoing mission to reducing the environmental impact of its own and its clients business activities.

Sustainability is broadly defined as ensuring that the needs of present generations are met in a way that doesn’t damage the ability for future generations to meet their needs and PROjEN are committed to doing their bit.

One specific area of sustainability can be captured through “the 3 R’s”, Reduce Reuse and Recycle, and this formed the basis of the competition.

PROjEN, keen to involve the local community, asked the children at Little Leigh Primary School to come up with design ideas for posters to encourage staff and contractors to adopt the “3R” principles. These posters will be displayed throughout PROjEN’s offices in Northwich as well as at client sites where PROjEN personnel are based.

Key Stage 2 pupils at Little Leigh Primary School were provided with blank posters and they were given a brief to interpret the 3R’s message of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and come up with artwork that would show everyday ways that this could be implemented in school, at home or in the workplace. All poster ideas were collected and returned to PROjEN where the ideas and designs were judged by a PROjEN appointed panel which included PROjEN’s Marketing Team and Paul Airey, Director of Marketing Agency, Piranha Advertising & Marketing, based in Preston. All the entries were of a very high standard, with each taking a different slant when interpreting the message.

Lorna Coney from Class 5 was named winner due to her design’s clear delivery of the message “Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.”

As part of the prize, Lorna’s ideas were worked up by Piranha into production quality posters with a framed copy recently presented to Lorna at Little Leigh Primary School along with an iPOD shuffle. Present with Lorna when she received her prize were Mrs Broadbent from Little Leigh Primary School and Mark Warrington and Sharon Bebbington from PROjEN.

Mark commented on the competition “We were very pleased with the number of pupils that participated and it was clear that a lot of effort had gone into the entries. We hope the children enjoyed coming up with the ideas and putting them down on paper. The overall quality of work was outstanding and all of us at PROjEN are extremely pleased with the final poster. Lorna’s winning design, says it all!”

PROjEN awarded £multi-million Contract

PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Organisation is pleased to announce its continuing involvement with Greenergy Fuels Ltd and the ongoing £multi-million investment programme in its UK fuels infrastructure.

Greenergy Fuels Ltd one of the UK’s top 3 fuel suppliers along with partner organisation Vopak, have contracted PROjEN to upgrade an existing facility into state-of-the-art petrol and diesel blending and storage facility in Teesside. PROjEN are involved in the design and installation of further work at the Vopak, West Thurrock Terminal on the Thames which includes; 2 new five arm tanker loading racks, together with a new motor control centre and transformer substation.

The schedule for the investment programme is underway and PROjEN aim for beneficial use at the Teesside Site from summer 2009 and at the West Thurrock Terminal from early 2010.

Speaking today, Martin Seabrook, PROjEN’s MD – “we are delighted to have been selected by both Greenergy and Vopak to deliver these pieces of work. These assignments are key to their strategy for creating a more cost effective supply route, reducing cost and improving the quality of their service. Their choice of PROjEN as managing contractor is a huge complement; it is a big investment for both organisations and demonstrates Greenergy’s satisfaction of our previous work at their Immingham and Plymouth Sites.”

PROjEN’s PRIDE Award Receives a Revamp!

The PROjEN PRIDE Award which was originally launched back in July 2005 has received an update and is now split into 5 different categories, each focusing on a PROjEN core value.

PRIDE, which is an acronym for PROjEN Recognition for Industry, Diligence & Enthusiasm was originally launched to foster team working and company involvement and over the years, it has done just that with over 20 employees being awarded at the company’s quarterly core briefs’ and receiving £250 worth of Marks and Spencer Vouchers.

Winners since the PRIDE Award’s inception have included, Pauline Yeomans, John Poppitt, Shane Pugh, Chris Shaw and Gillian McCandless to name but a few….

The new re-vamped award brings in 5 new categories – 1) Best Contribution to Health and Safety Awareness, 2) Best Cost Saving/ Efficiency Idea, 3) Customer Focus/ Proactive Colleague Assistance, 4) Client Award, 5) “Green Award”.

PROjEN personnel and client are encouraged to nominate individuals, teams, departments and even sites under the award categories, with the winners being announced at the company core briefs.

Martin Seabrook, PROjEN’s MD commented “the PRIDE Award has a great history within PROjEN and its success to date has been phenomenal in encouraging staff to go just that little bit further…. Under the new categories it is hoped that staff identify further with our core values and that individuals, teams and departments are publicly recognised for going that extra mile.”

Addition to PROjEN’s Executive Management Team

PROjEN are pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Pugh to their Executive Management Team.<br /> <br />

Shane is the second appointment to the now 7 strong team following the £Multi-million Management Buyout (MBO) of PROjEN backed by the Co-operative Bank back in February of this year.<br /> <br />

Shane, along with the rest of the team, is tasked with delivering the PROjEN Business Plan for 2009 and beyond.<br /> <br />

Shane has a long history with PROjEN, originally joining in 1989 and working for a 7 year period as a Design Engineer. During this time, Shane worked on high profile assignments such as the major overhaul of ICI’s Paraquat Plant and the Site Closure of Zeneca’s Widnes Works before leaving to try pastures new. <br /> <br />

For the next ten years, Shane built on his professional experience, working on a number of high profile assignments, providing Commissioning, Project Management and DSEAR consultancy services on behalf of a number of blue-chip organisations. <br /> <br />

In 2006, Shane rejoined PROjEN, heading up their <a href=”https://www.projen.co.uk/energy/Environmental-legislative-overview.php”>Energy, Environmental and Compliance</a> Team and providing specialist <a href=”https://www.projen.co.uk/dsear-legislation.php”>DSEAR ATEX consultancy</a>. Since returning Shane has been instrumental in developing a number of energy conservation services for delivery at client sites and in leading PROjEN’s 2007 Carbon Trust Accreditation.<br />
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As part of PROjEN’s Executive Management Team, Shane’s role will be to continue to develop the business through PROjEN’s Energy and Environmental and Compliance offering as well as undertaking additional Client Account Management responsibilities.<br /> <br />

Martin Seabrook, Managing Director commented “I am very pleased to announce this latest appointment. Shane Pugh is a very valued member of PROjEN and it gives me great pleasure in rewarding him for his past and continued efforts in this way. These are exciting times and I look forward to Shane playing an even more active role in PROjEN’s future strategy and subsequent direction.”

PROjEN Make Further Investments in their IT Infrastructure

PROjEN, the award winning project management and professional engineering services company based in Northwich, Cheshire have recently completed significant investments in their IT infrastructure.

PROjEN have a facility rich IT infrastructure which is used intensively throughout extended office hours by both the ‘home office’ based personnel and their site based teams via secure remote working facilities. The performance of the IT network is monitored by PROjEN’s IT infrastructure support provider, Nviron based in Preston Brook, Runcorn.

The first project was to further improve the business continuity plan by reducing reliance on tape back-up and ensure that the company can comfortably achieve its Recovery Time Objective (RTO = the duration of time within which the business must be operating again following a disruption or disaster) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO = the acceptable loss of data measured in time as a result of a disruption or disaster). Both of these objectives were set at one day. The Back up software was upgraded to the latest version available and an Imaging Server was installed in a location remote from other company servers.

Imaging software allows ‘point in time’ snapshots of servers to be taken to disc which can then be recovered to dissimilar hardware and virtual server environments. Full images are automatically transferred to Nviron each weekend with Monday – Friday ‘deltas’ or incremental changes transferred each night. The images are stored on a secure, resilient and high performance Storage Area Network (SAN) to allow for quick recovery.

A full remote Disaster Recovery of the PROjEN servers can be achieved by importing the images into a virtualised environment (VMWare). The images can then be brought online within Nviron’s Data centre, thereby allowing operations to continue. Full ‘rehearsals’ are scheduled to ‘Certify recoverability’.

For the second project PROjEN have invested in its first ‘portable IT system’. This has been implemented at the Greenergy fuel terminal at Plymouth where PROjEN have been engaged to upgrade the facilities at the Cattedown and Mayflower Terminals to almost double their existing capacity whilst providing improvements in reliability, efficiency and secondary containment.

The IT solution provides a secure centre of server operations in support of the project. The system provides localised file storage which is replicated using Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) to the ‘home office’ in Northwich. Here the project files are protected by the new Disaster Recovery system described above. The links between the site project office and Northwich are provided by a dual redundant line encrypted tunnel.

The investment has provided site personnel with a more reliable infrastructure with significantly improved response times and allows for more efficient and reliable transfer of information between the site and home office based personnel.
Commenting on the improvements, Business Support Services Director Dave Elliott said “Both projects demonstrate PROjEN’s commitment to continuous but carefully targeted investment in IT to ensure our systems are current, reliable and appropriate to the needs of the business and our clients”.

PROjEN celebrates its 15th year working with Pharma Client

PROjEN the award winning Project Management Company based in Cheshire have recently renewed their alliance agreement with a major North West based Pharmaceutical firm for the 15th year running.

PROjEN first got involved with the confidential client when they wanted to outsource their drawing office service and the work was put out to competitive tender. PROjEN was chosen out of a short-list of 9 companies and once chosen began working on a portfolio of projects. Over the years, the client has operated under a number different owners and each merger and subsequent name change has meant a new set of working practices to be adopted by PROjEN.

Over the years, PROjEN have maintained a core team of site based personnel, flexing numbers up and down in-line with the client’s needs. The completion of projects has drawn on a number of services such as Health and Safety/CDM Support, process engineering and PROjEN’s energy efficiency expertise.

For 2009 PROjEN are already in discussions with the client over a number of new projects including the replacement of R22 refrigerant in their chillers. The client is keen to replace the refrigerant to comply with the legislative changes due to take effect on 31st December 2009.

Tony Lea, PROjEN’s Operations Director commented “I am very pleased that this client has chosen to renew our contract for the 15th year running and that once again they value our service. Over the years we have grown up with them and each change to their business has meant a change to ours to maintain synergy savings. Our core site team is excited by the prospect of continuing the good work done to date and we will be using our experience and the best practice obtained with our other key clients to ensure a truly efficient and cost effective service”