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What we do

Our energy business provides expert consultancy, engineering and design, and project management services to the oil and gas, renewables, nuclear and conventional power sectors worldwide from our hubs in the United Kingdom, North America, Middle East and Asia Pacific. We merge original thinking with our 60 years' experience in energy, helping to transform the potential of existing infrastructure as well as new resources and technology, to improve lives through safer, cleaner and smarter energy.

NUCLEAR

We deal with the most technically complex challenges across the full nuclear fuel cycle: from major new build programmes, through asset management and decommissioning for nuclear facilities including the waste management challenges, through our differentiated technology portfolio.
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RENEWABLES & FUTURE ENERGIES

We provide innovative engineering solutions to speed up the widespread deployment of cost effective renewable energy technologies, as diverse as fixed and floating offshore wind, where we are market leaders, to tidal in the UK and solar in Africa.  
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POWER

We support our clients across the power lifecycle from initial concept design through to engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning, as well as optimising the life of ageing infrastructure assisting with decommissioning, deconstruction and rehabilitation.
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OIL & GAS

We deliver industry defining efficiency and innovation throughout the lifecycle of onshore and offshore oil and gas assets, from concept selection through to operational support, including maintenance, modifications and operations (MMO), to life extension and decommissioning.
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Projects

Part of the Tubular Bells development in the Gulf of Mexico, our Houston team delivered the hull and mooring engineering for the Gulfstar One Spar, as well as fabrication and installation engineering support. The hull was built in one piece, strakes included, in a graving dock, completely in the US, which has never been done before for a Spar. The unit has the capacity to hold almost 10,000 barrels of dead oil, and has 20 stainless steel tanks for storing flow assurance chemicals and the associated transfer systems. The Gulfstar floating production system (FPS) is owned by Williams, and operated by Hess.

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Appointed by INPEX in April 2011, we're providing flow assurance engineering as well as ad hoc process engineering services for the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) phase of the Ichthys field. The Ichthys field expects to deliver 8.4 million tonnes of LNG and 1.6 million tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) per annum, as well as 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak. The scale of the project has seen Atkins deal with a wide range of issues including hydraulic analysis, thermal analysis and hydrate management. Detailed analysis has also been completed on the complex task of well clean-up, initial well start-up, pipeline blow-down, initial onshore LNG plant start-up and on-going pigging for flowlines and pipeline systems.
Atkins’ oil and gas team was the engineering contractor providing technical support for the Solan subsea oil storage tank project. Beginning in 2008, the highly skilled group of engineers were involved in each step of the Solan project from concept development work, through to Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) and then detailed design work in 2012-2013. Work was completed for client Premier Oil in 2014, after more than five years. The Solan subsea oil storage tank sits in around 135m of water and can store 300,000 barrels of oil equivalent; it is 25m high, has a foot print of 45m x 45m and is constructed from 10,000 tonnes of steel.

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Our oil and gas team in Perth successfully completed the FEED work for Apache Energy for a large gas compression facility in the north-west of Australia.A multidisciplinary team worked closely with Apache to develop the chosen concept and optimise the layout, based on a modular construction philosophy. This was a key driver for Apache; a design which would maximise off-site fabrication and construction, and minimise the amount of on-site installation work in order to reduce the overall project risk. A 3D model using PDMS (Plant Design Management System) was created, developed and reviewed on a regular basis, both internally and with Apache. This allowed ongoing, interactive discussions between various engineering disciplines as the design progressed, leading to a well-defined concept for taking into detailed design.
Our team of engineers created the Paired-Column Semisubmersible to make it safer and more financially viable to develop fields in harsh deepwater environments, such as offshore Western Australia and the Gulf of Mexico. By adding one additional column per corner to the traditional semisubmersible, platform motions can be significantly reduced. The Paired-Column Semisubmersible is the previously missing piece from a complete portfolio of deepwater platform concepts – a dry tree semi that can support drilling. This new technology brings many advantages to deepwater developments: Support of either wet and/or dry trees Reduced vertical motions that allow conventional off-the-shelf riser tensioning equipment due to low riser stroke Full quayside integration Conventional structural components Efficient deck structure and hull deck interface De-coupling of wide column spacing (stability) vs. narrow column spacing (deck support) SCR friendly due to low surge motions and hang-off nearer to the platform centre Damage tolerance Thoroughly engineered, model tested, qualified and approved in principle by DNV for the Gulf of Mexico’s most severe metocean environment – Central Region.

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We provide a range of services to several DOE projects across the US, at sites including Hanford, Washington; Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Savannah River, South Carolina. Atkins – with partners Westinghouse and Fluor – was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to operate the depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion facilities at DOE’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Kentucky, and the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio in 2016. The Mid-America Conversion Services, LLC (MCS) joint venture will operate the DUF6 conversion facilities for the purpose of processing DOE’s inventory of stored DUF6, a coproduct of the uranium enrichment process. The facilities convert DUF6 to depleted uranium oxide for possible future reuse, storage or disposal. A coproduct of the conversion process is hydrofluoric acid (HF), which can be reused in industrial processes. Atkins has been involved at the Portsmouth and Paducah sites for over 10 years and managed the safe construction of the DUF6 plants. Safe and successful operation of the facilities is paramount, as is engagement with the local workforce and community around both plant locations. The team of leading nuclear industry experts will also broker the sale of the aqueous hydrofluoric acid (AqHF) product and provide surveillance and maintenance services for the DUF6 cylinder inventory.

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Atkins is supporting ADMA-OPCO’s expansion programme for its offshore production facilities by assisting the safe life extension of existing critical infrastructure. We have been involved in the quantitative structural assessment of 31 Well Head Towers (WHTs) in the Umm Shaif Field, offshore from Abu Dhabi. Atkins undertook structural assessment of the WHTs to establish a robust integrity management system for the company's fleet of offshore structures, building SACS models to enable detailed analysis. We also undertook advanced structural analysis of barge-type structures, which form the central platforms of ADMA OPCO’s offshore processing facilities. Atkins’ 40 years of experience in asset integrity management was a key factor in this work. Our approach to life extension enables operators to get the most oil and gas resource out of a field before the infrastructure needs to be replaced. Our experience means we can safely anticipate and manage repair of age related defects, allowing continued use and development of ageing infrastructure. In some cases we have been able to extend the life of an asset by double its design life. This adds considerable value to the asset by deferring future investment cost, as well as providing assurance of asset integrity.
Atkins will work closely with some of the UK’s leading cavern storage operators in identifying and examining the representative salt caverns in Cheshire, Teesside and East Yorkshire that could store hydrogen to be used in power generation. The critical data and technical expertise provided by the operators will assist in the development of hydrogen storage models for each region. The six-month project will provide more detail on the suitability of individual caverns and the costs associated with using them, increasing the evidence base needed if they are to be developed further. It follows on from a report published by the ETI in 2015 which focused on hydrogen generation from fossil fuels, biomass or waste gasification, or steam reforming of methane, all with carbon capture and storage. The use of a store and responsive gas turbine greatly improves the flexibility of power output to the grid, whilst allowing the hydrogen generator and CCS plant, to operate at peak efficiency. The report showed how a single H2 cavern could cater for the peak energy demands and fluctuations of a whole city. There are over 30 large salt caverns in use in the UK today storing natural gas for the power and heating market. Many of these could potentially be re-used for hydrogen storage or new caverns constructed in the extensive salt fields which are deep underground in many parts of the UK. The ETI’s Insight on the potential role of hydrogen storage can be found at http://www.eti.co.uk/carbon-capture-and-storage-the-role-of-hydrogen-storage-in-a-clean-responsive-power-system/

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Catherine Li
21 Jun 2017

OBOR is arguably one of the biggest stories in today’s Asia business sector, covering 60 countries and accounting for about 65 per cent of the world’s population, one-third of the world’s GDP, and about a quarter of all the goods and services the world moves. OBOR has the potential to be the world’s largest platform for regional collaboration. The infrastructure projects will stimulate economic growth and build legacy for countries along the way. The visit was led by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Atkins joined the mission as a key player in Hong Kong’s infrastructure sector and a strategic partner for HKTDC’s OBOR activities. I had the pleasure to join the other forty some leaders that are involved in the OBOR and infrastructure development with a diverse sector representation which made the trip particularly rewarding. Thailand: A key OBOR development and public and private sector collaboration Our first stop of the trip was Thailand. We had the opportunity to meet with various senior Thai government officials including the Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, as well as many leading Thai companies. On the business level, the highlight was the discussions on how Hong-Kong-based companies can help the development of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). Thailand hopes to develop its eastern provinces into a leading ASEAN economic zone. Branded as one of the three key OBOR corridor developments (the other two being China-Myanmar corridor, and China-Pakistan Corridor), the EEC straddles three eastern provinces of Thailand – Chonburi, Rayong, and Chachoengsao –

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Catherine Tait
31 May 2017

It’s become a cliché to say that things are changing now faster than ever before. And in the march forward with computing power, communications, political and social changes, it can be hard to keep up and be sure that we are in a good place. It’s difficult enough at an individual level, but at an organisational level, change, whether desired or enforced is a whole different matter. Automation, increased shareholder expectations of cost and value, and the resultant focus on the people cost of industries, creates a continuous focus on the number of people and the roles they are fulfilling. When we look at changes for our clients in high hazard industries, there’s an additional complication: the right size of an organisation operating a high hazard plant like a refinery, oil platform or nuclear power station is not based on the normal running of the plant, it’s based on the number of people you need to respond when things start going wrong, where the decision making ability of the operators and management is critical to turning a potential high consequence hazard around to a low-consequence outcome. Operators and organisations are trained to understand their hazards, and how to respond to the developing scenario appropriately. My former boss tells the story of visiting his offshore facility and using the scenarios he had modelled in developing the safety cases are prompts for exercises, becoming the “author of his own destruction”, at least in a drill! There are many stories

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Chris Birdsong
19 Apr 2017

OBOR has the potential to be the world’s largest platform for regional collaboration. The infrastructure projects will stimulate economic growth and build legacy for countries along the way. How much would such a transformational programme cost?   It is estimated that the total cost lies somewhere between $4 and $8 trillion US dollars, meaning that realising the full potential of the OBOR initiative is beyond even the investment ability of the Chinese government and institutions, and is therefore going to need significant private sector involvement.  This, however, means that each element of the initiative needs to have a positive investment case in order to attract financing. Whilst we are already seeing a shift amongst Chinese agencies and institutions towards broader funding avenues such as pension funds, overseas sovereign wealth funds and private equity funds, further private sector involvement is required due to the ambitious scale of the projects. This brings a range of wider considerations in attracting private sector investment. Whilst it is well known that investment is available in the market, matching this to viable projects is the critical gap that OBOR, like many other major projects, needs to address. Based on my experiences with Atkins and Atkins Acuity, the advisory business of the Atkins Group, there are seven areas that a private sector investor would consider when an opportunity is presented. Bankable and technically feasible projects. Detailed feasibility studies and robust business cases are important to attract investors who will often require high quality information on which

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Aubrey Keller
14 Mar 2017

Atkins’ acquisition of Howard Humphreys, a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy based in Kenya and Tanzania, has the potential to open up access to any number of infrastructure projects across East Africa. We hope energy projects will play a key role, and to help facilitate that I recently moved from the UK to live in Nairobi. Howard Humphreys has an excellent reputation across the broader East Africa region. In all my dealings with those in the engineering industry locally, individuals always speak very highly of Howard Humphreys and their previous infrastructure projects. Now, combining Howard Humphreys traditional expertise with the skills and abilities Atkins’ global Energy business has in nuclear, conventional power, renewables, and oil and gas, we hope to grow our engineering and design capabilities in the energy market in East Africa and beyond. We think there are plenty of opportunities to do just that. Kenya’s installed generation capacity is roughly 2.5 GW (40% hydro, 30% other renewables, 30% conventional) however the electrification rate is only 25% - 40%, depending on which statistics you look at. The per capita demand for electricity is below average, which can be attributed to the low electrification rate and few, large industrial consumers, among other reasons. Significant investment and efforts have already been committed to upgrade and expand transmission and distribution infrastructure, with more planned. Aside from increasing electrification rates, these activities also seek to increase overall grid reliability and robustness to support increased integration of intermittent renewable generation. Increasing electrification rates in rural areas

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Overview


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Resources

Here you will find a collection of our Energy brochures.

Title Format Size
Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) brochure pdf 3.5MB
Energy brochure pdf 4.7MB

Locations

Wherever they are in the world, our clients will have access to the very best skills we have to offer.

Energy UK & Europe

For all enquiries related to our Energy business in the UK and Europe region, please contact us at energyukeu@atkinsglobal.com

In the UK, our Energy hubs are located in Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Epsom, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Rotherham, Warrington and Whitehaven.

Energy Americas

For all enquiries related to our Energy business in the United States of America, Canada and the rest of the Americas, please contact us at energyamericas@atkinglobal.com

Our Energy hubs in the Americas are located across the US in Aiken (SC), Charlotte (NC), Columbia (SC), Houston (TX), Idaho Falls (ID), Oak Ridge (TN) and Richland (WA), Calgary in Canada, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Energy Middle East & Africa

For all enquiries related to our Energy business in the United Arab Emirates, and across the Middle East and Africa, please contact us at energymea@atkinsglobal.com

In the Middle East & Africa, our Energy hubs are in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the UAE, and Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia.

Energy Asia Pacific

For all enquiries related to our Energy business in Australia, China, India, Japan and the rest of the Asia Pacific region, please contact us at energyapac@atkinsglobal.com

Our Energy hubs in this region are in Perth, Australia, Singapore, and Beijing in China.

For a full list of all Energy offices, click here.

Careers

Shared thinking

We actively seek to not only help our clients, but also to open debate on the critical issues affecting energy and its place in society. Through the Atkins Energy Forum events and our thought articles, we're promoting cross-industry interactive discussion and encouraging a collaborative approach for a cost effective and efficient future.

ATKINS' ENERGY FORUM

The Atkins Energy Forum is an evolution of our previous events, the energy lecture series and the recent Aberdeen Winter/Spring series. The events are open to anyone with an interest in the subject and feature a talk and interactive discussion on current topics.

Details about upcoming events will be posted here, so please check back regularly to find out about the next one.

Information about previous events is below. 

  Aberdeen Winter/Spring series events

  Energy lecture - Molten salts reactors - can they be the answer?

Please email us for further details and check out our YouTube page for more Energy videos

Angles

We explore our energy world and share opinions about the future of the global energy mix on the Atkins Angles blog - recent articles look at Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), energy from waste plants, and the future for energy storage. 

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