In Tägerwilen, Switzerland, HF-Carbon AG is building a new production site. Both production hall and office building are built in lacustrine clay on piles of up to 45m length. HCE is responsible for structural planning.
Managers Mehmet Celikkiran (Neska Bauträger GmbH) and Thomas Hartwig (HCE) met in Neska’s new Frankfurt office, where they decided on a co-operation for three housing projects in the Rhine-Main area. Developer Neska realised over 400 housing units in the greater Frankfurt area in the last years.
The cooperation includes project development, architectural and structural planning.
In summer 2017 Germany’s government kicked off the largest infrastructural programme to date - “Bundesverkehrswegeplan 2030”. The programme envisages over 270 billion Euro worth of investments in over 1,000 road, railroad and waterway projects.
In 2017 expenditures already reached a record 27.9 billion Euro, surpassing the former record of 2016 by 3.3 percent. While road users need to be patient due to the number of delays caused by construction sites, construction industry is thrilled about the high order volume.
HCE has reacted to the increase in demand for services in engineering and road design by establishing a separate INFRA team that builds on the experiences made in past projects. Customers may rely on the expertise of experienced engineers specialised in geotechnics, structural design and project management gathered in this team to optimise their infrastructural project as much as possible.
Many planning considerations end at the bottom edge of the foundation, thus paying little attention to subsoil. Yet subsoil is often either a constraint or a chance for optimisation that should be taken into considerations in the planning of cost-optimised substructural designs.
HCE specialises in the link between subsoil and rising structural constructions. Our profile is completed by the layout design of building pit constructions.
At the moment our CIVIL-team is participating in the design of the new headquarter for building material producer ARDEX, including production and distribution centre in Witten, North Rhine-Westphalia.
Due to the change in market conditions in the German wind energy market cost-optimised solutions are sought after more than ever, both in planning and realisation stages of projects. HCE is happy to support our customers in project development, design and project management as an experienced partner.
Currently, HCE-supported EPC-M project Windpark Stilfüssel (5 V126) is near completion, at Windpark Reinholterode (21 MW; repowering project) infrastructure is being constructed and WP Francop in Hamburg is being erected.
Internationally, HCE managed to enter the Middle East region, thanks to the participation in the project WF Siapoush (61 MW), while in Kazakhstan project Astana (52 MW) is being realised after a long phase of planning. In Latvia WF Vanessa (50 MW) is currently in the final phase of planning.
NEXT WTG-GENERATION FOR GERMANY / NEW ORDERS IN POLAND
Even though 2019 has not been a particularly outstanding year for the wind industry HCE keeps highly active in the sector.
Beside the realisation of the projects Bökingharde and Galgenberg engineering is HCE’s main focus for 2019.
Our Energy and Research teams are not only busy with many newly constructed projects as well as repowering, but also with topics such as life extension. Furthermore we see a significant rise in the percentage of standard foundations and certifications for the new MW-classes and hub heights. This foreshadows an increase in capacity in Germany.
At the same time the international market compensates the relatively slow business in Germany’s wind industry.
HCE’s newest projects feature about 150MW in Poland.
GERMANY’S ELECTRICITY NETWORK EXPANSION
Germany is working on an extensive expansion of its national electricity network. Key projects are the construction of the lines NordLink, SüdLink, SüdOstLink and NordWestLink.
In total, it is planned to expand the network to about 120,000 km until 2030. The ultimate goal is to spur on Germany’s energy revolution which is set to ensure 100% of the energy supply from renewable energies eventually. As of mid-2019, Germany’s energy mix contains 44% energy from renewable sources.
The expansion will be achieved by two methods: While northern Germany focuses on the construction of overhead-lines, most of the new network in southern Germany is planned as underground cables. HCE offers engineering services for structural planning, executive design, project management and site supervision for overhead-line projects such as Husum-Heide, Audorf-Flensburg, Nordrhein-Dörpen, Ganderkesee-St. Hülfe, Wahle-Mecklar, Alfstedt-Hemmoor and Heist-Holm.
NEW PROJECTS IN UKRAINIAN WIND ENERGY SECTOR
Thanks to our extensive international experience in various parts of the world, we were able to support the Orlovka project as senior quality manager in the implementation.
This project is a large wind farm with a capacity of 100 MW in Ukraine, where renewable energy has just begun to develop once again.
The construction of Wind Farm Orlovka started early in 2019, the erection of turbines is currently in progress. The commissioning and connection of the new Wind Farm to the United Energy System of Ukraine is expected by the end of 2019.
WF Orlovka will then produce about 400 GWt per year. Construction work was very fast and intense right from the beginning. An enormous amount of earthworks, pile foundations, electrical work, roads and assembly squares are at the last stage of implementation under our supervision.
In June this year HCE signed a further contract with a France-based developer and investor for a 100 MW Wind Power Project northwest of Odessa. HCE will be responsible for CAT III Checks of the foundation design and also supervise the site activities as Technical Advisor.
HCE’s value in Ukraine so far: 450 MW
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LOGISTICS COMPLEX OF 85,000 SQM optimised by HCE CIVIL TEAM
The current global situation highlights the importance of a working logistical infrastructure in order to keep society in operation.
According to the Wold Bank, Germany is a top location for logistics.
In 2014, 2016 and 2018 they consecutively proclaimed Germany “world champion of logistics“- out of 160 countries.
Sweden and Belgium are in second and third rank, respectively, followed by our neighbor Austria in fourth rank.
HCE has been a part of this upward trend in the logistics industry for many years, participating in various large-scale projects.
Currently, one of Germany’s leading grocery chains is building a central warehouse north of Hamburg.
For this project – a building complex of 85,000 sqm in total – HCE supports the general contractor with consulting for approval and executive design, as well as provides support for site supervision.