BROADLAND RADIATORS GAINS ‘SHOP WINDOW’ WITH EUROPEAN OIL AND GAS BUYERS

Broadland Radiators and Heat Exchangers Limited based in Norwich, UK, has gained a ‘shop window’ with companies in the oil and gas sector by joining Achilles FPAL – an online community which is used by over 90 buyers from oil and gas companies.

Broadland Radiators, which designs and manufactures radiators and heat exchangers, will now be able to share on an online platform its capabilities and performance record in key business areas, such as quality, health and safety and financial performance.

Achilles works to ensure suppliers’ information is accurate via data validation and desktop and physical audits. The Achilles FPAL community serves the procurement needs of the wider European oil & gas market, whilst maintaining firm roots within North Sea operations. Achilles FPAL is an industry-run community of operators, contractors and suppliers working in collaboration to promote a fair and transparent supply chain.

Darrell Roper, Managing Director for Broadland Radiators said: “Following our recent divestment from our previous parent company it was important to us to maximise any opportunity for increased exposure to other oil and gas companies. Broadland Radiators celebrates 30 years of trading this year and our experience and knowledge of the challenges faced by oil and gas companies in selecting the right equipment puts us in the best position to support companies either building new equipment or refurbishing existing equipment both in the workshop and on location offshore”

Malcolm Wilson, Director for Achilles FPAL, said: “By joining the biggest supply chain risk management community supporting the North Sea and European oil and gas industry, Broadland Radiators has put itself in the best position to be considered for work with major oil and gas buyers. Achilles FPAL is a simple and successful model which has operated since 1997 by streamlining procurement and reducing cost for suppliers and buyers. It provides a vital shop window for suppliers that can offer innovative technology or services at a time when there is great focus on value and efficiency. Achilles FPAL also has a unique two way Performance Feedback feature that allows suppliers to give and receive feedback so that high performing suppliers can demonstrate their track record to customers”.

Broadland Radiators wins Australian projects

Broadland Radiators and Heat Exchangers Limited, which supplies the oil and gas industry with engine radiators, has recently completed a new contract for supply of bespoke cooling packages to a Global Manufacturer of Oil field equipment.

Darrell Roper, Managing Director, explains “We were approached by this new customer after they had seen one of our cooling packages in a similar application to their own and they were impressed with the customisation and the quality. What we had supplied was a solution which was specifically design to handle the customers’ requirements of additional heat in the engine cooling system which had come from an exhaust gas cooling system. Our radiator package was sized to fit in the customers’ container, utilising existing space thereby reducing the need for local re-engineering time and cost”.

From the initial enquiry from the project engineer we were able to offer a bespoke solution featuring full thermal performance, 3D models and full costings within 48 hours. Once the project was given the go ahead we were able to work with existing customers to alter our production plans and offer these new units in around two thirds of the initial lead time which has really helped our new customer with shipping times and costs.

The project engineer added “Working in Australia it is very common to be working in temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius and above. Broadland Radiators were able to design and fabricate a bespoke cooling package that allows us to have confidence in the integrity of our equipment in tough conditions as well as staying within the limits of Zone 2 hazardous area requirements.”

Broadland Radiators designs and manufactures bespoke radiators for all brands of industrial engines.  Its principal market is within the oil and gas sector where engines are used to power well service equipment, such as air compressors, cementing units, generator sets, powerpacks, pumps or cranes.

 

 

 

Broadland Radiators has worked with almost all engine makes and models including MTU, Caterpillar, Volvo, Cummins and more, providing the flexibility of design required both for the oil and gas industry and other applications. The company also has a team of engineers certified for working on offshore production and drilling installations.

For more information visit www.broadlandradiators.co.uk

Chilling with a Vulcan

Great demonstration of flexibilty this week. Received an enquiry from CNAM (City of Norwich Aviation Museum) about helping to keep Vulcan XM612 ‘alive’ by repairing the radiator which is cooling the generator set used to maintain power to the airplane.

The lure of working on the Vulcan had us all, particularly Andrew Firman from production, very curious and eager to help.

After inspection and presure test we quickly found the leak, completed the repair and had the radiator back to the museum within a couple of hours – taking the opportunity to hand deliver in the hope of getting a close up look.

Having been so impressed with the efficient service we were rewarded with a seat in the cockpit which is something Andrew will certainly remember for a while.

Thank you CNAM for the opportunity to work with you on this, your continued restoration of Vulcan XM612 is mightily impressive.

Broadland Radiators designs, manufactures and repairs radiators and heat exchangers used in all types of engine cooling applications – including the mighty Vulcan!

Storm? What storm?

Despite the best efforts of ‘Storm Doris’ these hardy souls have been outside putting the finishing touches to a very important shipment. Braving the wind and rain to ensure we meet our customers delivery date…well done guys – what a team!

Eureka Case Study

Cool contract for Broadland Radiators in Culzean field

Broadland Radiators has built two giant, custom-made, radiators to help cool generator sets destined for the Culzean gas field in the North Sea.

“The new radiators are used to cool technically complex, high specification Emergency (EDG) and Essential (ESG) generator sets designed specifically for the hostile North Sea environment,” explains Dave Minshall, Area Sales Manager for Eureka Pumps in Norway, the company that designed and supplied the packages.

“It was essential to use an experienced and flexible radiator supplier familiar with the strict requirements needed in the Culzean gas field, who could deliver high quality, on time and on budget.”

The EDG package developed by Eureka Pumps is powered by an AtEX rated (Zone 2) 12V4000P83 MTU engine with all ancillaries contained within an A60 container, measuring 8m x 5m x 4.9m. To cool the package, a custom-built radiator measuring over 4m wide was designed and manufactured by Broadland Radiators in Norwich, UK, to fit within the size restricted application.

“Not only does the radiator enable the engine to operate efficiently at the highest potential ambient temperature of 24.5 deg C, it helps to dissipate the heat from the exhaust gas cooler,” says Darrell Roper, Managing Director for Broadland Radiators. “Reducing the exhaust temperature to below 200 deg C (Temperature Class T3) helps meet the requirements of AtEX 2014/34/EU.”

The ESG package was even larger measuring 9.8m x 5m x 5.3m and featuring a 20V4000P83 MTU engine.  The radiators on both units are manufactured in mild steel with the cores solder dipped for the offshore environment.  The finished coating is NORSOK paint specification M501.
The EDG and ESG packages are expected to begin operation in 2017 in the Culzean field which lies about 145 miles east of Aberdeen and is one of the largest gas fields discovered in the North Sea in more than a decade.

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Finning Case Study

 

Broadland Radiators for offshore Cat®  Gensets from Finning UK

Broadland Radiators has supplied UK Cat® dealer Finning a pair of cooling packages for two Cat ® C175 generator sets to be used on a North Sea floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO).

“Utilising Cat C175 engines, capable of producing more than 3200hp, we have built and tested two A60 custom power solutions for emergency and standby use which are both  Marine Classification Societies (MCS) prime rated,” says Dave Perry, Prime and Solutions Sales Manager, of Finning (UK) Ltd. The company is the sole Cat dealer in the UK & Ireland working with many of the world’s largest engineering oil and gas contractors to provide bespoke power system solutions.

“These generator sets required bespoke cooling packages for operation in the North Sea,” he explains. “We needed to develop a solution to address the engine rating and the limited available space and Broadland Radiators was able to work with us to design products for offshore applications.”

Broadland Radiators was selected to develop a pair of cooling packages due to its flexible approach to design and proven ability to deliver big projects on time, and on budget. Finning has had a long standing relationship with Broadland Radiators who has supplied hundreds of radiators for oil & gas applications globally and is part of the Caterpillar Group of Companies.

The Broadlands team, based in Norwich, UK, worked in partnership with Finning engineers throughout the design, fabrication, assembly and test process in order to meet stringent end customer requirements.

“This is the first cooling package we have developed for the powerful Cat C175 50Hz marine certified generator set, despite having supplied numerous customised radiators for most other Cat engines,” explains Darrell Roper, General Manager of Broadland Radiators.

The C175 is a Cat diesel engine which Finning have combined with an alternator to produce a generator set built to world-class standards, for high efficiency, low fuel consumption and global emissions compliance. The units will be operational in the North Sea and supported by Finning’s support network that can supply parts, service and repair.

For more information, visit www.broadlandradiators.co.uk, tel: +44(0)1603 413050.

New Ownership for Broadland Radiators

Norwich (UK) firm, Broadland Radiators, which supplies the oil and gas industry with engine radiators, has undergone a management buyout (MBO).

 

Darrell Roper, now Managing Director of the company, explains “Four members of the management team now own Broadland Radiators following divestment by the previous owners.”

Broadland Radiators designs and manufactures bespoke radiators for all brands of industrial engines.  Its principal market is within the oil and gas sector where engines are used to power well service equipment, such as air compressors, cementing units, generator sets, powerpacks, pumps or cranes.

“We support equipment packagers by building radiators that fit their specific requirements and provide the required level of cooling for the engine and application,” he explains.  “Usually the equipment is used within a hazardous area, so our radiators can easily be used as part of an ATEX certified project to help meet either T3 temperature classes.”

The company has over 50 years of experience and was previously owned by explosion protection specialist Pyroban, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. The company’s units have had global reach and are currently operating in almost all offshore oil regions around the world.

“At our 2,900m2 manufacturing operation we build quality equipment with a highly experienced team.  Having operated under the Caterpillar Production System, we continue to design and build bespoke radiators to strict quality standards, from small 70hp engines right up to large 3,500hp engines,” he says, confirming that it is “business as usual” following the sale.

Broadland Radiators has worked with almost all engine makes and models including MTU, Caterpillar, Volvo, Cummins and more, providing the flexibility of design required both for the oil and gas industry and other applications. The company also has a team of engineers certified for working on offshore production and drilling installations.

The sale completed on the 1st January 2017.  For more information visit www.broadlandradiators.co.uk