Lacked production facilities - found a perfect solution at Herøya
In the pipeline: Asgeir Knutsen, business developer in Herøya Industripark AS and Lars Erik Johannessen, production manager for parts in Pipelife, ensure that production of 12 pipe sections in the pipeline is carried out in temporary production premises on Herøya.
In a production hall at Herøya, three men from Pipelife are in full swing producing 12 pipe parts that complement the pipe system the company will deliver.
In March Pipelife won one of its largest export contracts, worth NOK 170 million, for a new power plant under construction in Matarbari, Bangladesh.
Production of the pipes has been carried out at the factory at Stathelle, but Pipelife lacked production facilities for 12 large pipe sections that connect the pipes.
"Herøya Industripark AS is a problem solver for us," says Lars Erik Johannessen satisfied. He is operationally responsible for the production of the pipe parts to be produced. "We did not have space in our own production premises at Stathelle and are very pleased to establish production here in the next couple of months," he praises.
The Pipelife team establishes temporary production of pipe fittings in an industrial hall at Herøya. Fv. Lars Erik Johannessen, production manager for parts, Ola Kråketo and Simen Klausen, both welders at Pipelife and Asgeir Knutsen, Herøya Industripark AS.
Helping a good neighbour
"We are happy to help a good neighbor to carry out his assignment", says Asgeir Knutsen, business developer in Herøya Industripark AS. "It's very positive to be able to use vacant premises that are temporarily waiting to be used. The strength of the region is that we have the opportunity to help neighbors carry out their industrial projects", says Knutsen.
Johannessen is very happy. "It is a great value for us to be in the industrial park. It takes a lot of resources to establish a new place to carry out a production of such dimensions. If we need certain equipment, if something is missing, we will find it here".
"The production is in three operations, and we collaborate with Telemark Entrepenørservice which does sandblasting and Bilfinger's plastic workshop which will perform fiberglass reinforcement on the outside of the pipes," Johannessen explains. "We use prefabricated pipe fittings. We bend and weld them at a 45 degree angle, then they are sandblasted and finally fiberglass reinforced on the outside."
Bender the pipe section: Ola Kråketo, welder at Pipelife, pulls the screw that bends and welds the pipe section gradually using heat.
Shipped from Stathelle and Herøya
"The pipe parts are ready for shipment with Tangen Shipping from Herøya in October, while the pipes produced at Stathelle will be picked up by tugboat as early as next week," Johannessen reveals. "The boat will tow 12 units, 620 meters long polyethylene (PE) pipes with a diameter of 2.3 m, and with a towing width of 30 meters. The tow to Bangladesh is expected to take 4 months.
Exciting and big: This is exciting and big to be a part of, says the Pipelife team enthusiastically. From left Lars Erik Johannessen, production manager for parts, Ola Kråketo and Simen Klausen, both welders.
Next door: Driveway to Pipelife's temporary production halls, in the same building, and next door to NEL at Herøya. (Formerly the REC building)
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