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Pfeil October 2006 Topping-out ceremony at EHR in Essen on Friday, 6 October 2006

Topping-out ceremony at EHR in Essen on Friday, 6 October 2006
Topping-out ceremony at EHR in Essen on Friday, 6 October 2006

EHR is preparing for the future and is extending their headquarters building on Wolbeckstrasse in Altenessen. This will create about 50 new secure jobs for engineers, technicians and business professionals. Currently, the Essen based company employs nearly 1,000 staff at the headquarters and in the branches in Hamburg, Osterode, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Leuna, Stuttgart and Munich. Extension cost will be at approximately EUR 1.5m. In the last three years, EHR has invested about EUR 3m in the north of Essen and the extension of their headquarters in order to be even better prepared for the processing of large orders for new power plant projects with all German utilities.Keine Beschreibung

Pfeil September 2006 The EHR trade fair stand team on the VGB congress in Dresden

Pfeil September 2006 New markets, new logo

EHR stands for innovation, international commitment, concentration on own grown power, perspectives for the future and the ability to meet the ever changing challenges of markets and technology.
The new EHR logo reflects the strengths of the company and is therefore clear, concise and modern. Green on white or white on green. Those corporate colours are unique on the market, represent a successful tradition and are going to be used further on. With its no-frills typography and straight-forward powerfulness the brand signposts demand and ability to globally supply outstanding products and services in the areas of high-pressure pipings and construction for power plants. This is what EHR Engineering & Construction stands for. We show our affiliation with our holding company Bilfinger Berger Power Services by using a “submark.” The visual image in prints, advertisements, internet site, vehicle advertising decoration etc. is going to be gradually adjusted to the new corporate design.

Pfeil August 2006 Revival of a written-off technology

In South Africa, a pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) is currently under construction. The idea of the high-temperature reactor (HTR/THTR), which was developed in Germany, has been actively advanced on an international scale. South Africa’s PBMR Ltd., a subsidiary of the national electrical utility ESKOM, placed an order for the development and design of the hot-cycle piping system for the pebble bed modular reactor, worth €1.7bn. Inside the reactor core, the granular fissile material forms a heap of pebbles and is embedded in graphite pebbles – hence the name for the reactor. The graphite works as a moderator, helium is used as the primary coolant.

EHR can re-deploy their expert knowledge, which was accumulated over decades, when it comes to realising the special technology of the hot-cycle piping system. However, the complexity of the order does not only lie in the design of the double-walled piping system but also in the integration of the latter into the boundary as well as the development of a joint concept for manufacturing and assembly. The project is going to be filled with life in four design stages in 2007

Pfeil July 2006 High-pressure feedwater piping for India

One of India’s most important buildings: the Taj Mahal in Agra (Uttar Pradesh), which Shah Jahan ordered to be erected as a shrine for his wife in the 17th century.
One of India’s most important buildings: the Taj Mahal in Agra (Uttar Pradesh), which Shah Jahan ordered to be erected as a shrine for his wife in the 17th century.

West of Kolkata, Russia’s power plant constructor OJSC Power Machines has been erecting lignite-fuelled power plant SIPAT (3 x 660 MW). For the three blocks, EHR is going to supply the high-pressure feedwater pipes to the Indian state of Chhattisgarh in 2007, following detailed engineering and pre-manufacturing in the Dortmund shop. When specifying materials and processing, not only ASME but also IBR (Indian Boiler Regulation) will apply. The order value stands at about € 20 m.

Pfeil June 2006 Approval by anti-trust authorities EHR counts on new owner Bilfinger Berger

Essener Hochdruck-Rohrleitungsbau (EHR), a company with a long tradition, will change hands: Following the approval by the anti-trust authorities on 16 June 2006, Bilfinger Berger AG of Mannheim will acquire EHR, Europe’s market leader in high-pressure piping systems for power plants and industrial plants.

Pfeil May 2006 Bilfinger Berger to acquire EHR

Upon signing an acquisition agreement on 17 May 2006 and subject to approval by the anti-trust authorities, Bilfinger Berger AG, Mannheim, acquired all shares of EHR. EHR is going to become a part of the Bilfinger Berger’s leading unit “Bilfinger Berger Power Services GmbH”.

The legal autonomy of EHR GmbH will be maintained, and with it the successful development of EHR as the successor to Mannesmann Anlagenbau – particularly in the power plant business. The demand for energy and modernisation is increasing worldwide. A financial power adequate for the growing market and complimentary services of the corporate group will facilitate a further expansion of the business activities with excellent prospects.

Press release Bilfinger Berger


Pfeil May 2006 Qualification Offensive: Trainee Programme “Technical Project Manager”

Young engineers have bright prospects at EHR since there is sweeping success in the market, and many new power plant projects are going to be realised within the next few years.

A practically oriented qualification prepares the engineers for their responsible positions of project managers. Whether in the area of installation or in the project departments of the individual business areas of the company – besides the technical fields, the young engineers acquire hands-on experience in calculation, contract management, commercial project processing and quality management in the course of the trainee programme.

Pfeil April 2006 More space for engineers, technicians and business professionals

The first extension of the headquarters with the new building for the process planning of the Essen branch and quality management is showing positive effects.

[Keine Beschreibung eingegeben]With the second extension, EHR set the course for prospective major projects in new power plants and upgrades their Essen location to a competence centre for conventional power plant piping. In order to obtain a further 470 sqm of additional office space for up to 40 new workplaces, a new storey is erected on top of the headquarters building (see photo-mounting on the left-hand side). Completion has been scheduled for the end of 2006.

Pfeil March 2006 EHR-Over-Weekend-Service

In the business world, overnight courier services have become nothing in particular for letters and parcels. But how does that work for twelve spools with a total weight of 35.3 tons that have to be shipped from Dortmund in Germany to Thailand – shipping order on a Friday?

The situation: Twelve inductive bendings have been ordered earlier than scheduled by our customer Alstom Power Switzerland to the construction site Kaeng Khoi 2 (2 combined-cycle blocks of 400 MW output each). The advantage: The parts are practically finished. The drawback: they are still in the bending workshop. So, on Friday afternoon the lorries hit the road and transport the parts to the workshop in Dortmund. On Saturday and Sunday the spools are sand-blasted, greased on the inside, painted with anti-rust priming coat on the outside, capped, marked and colour-coded.

Simultaneously, six air cargo crates are being built since a Galaxy, that cargo plane with the lift-up nose, is planned to be loaded with the urgent delivery on Tuesday. On Saturday a message is received that only a Boeing 747 Cargo, that is the cargo plane with side doors that allow only loading of “smaller” crates, will be available. So, new crates must be built. And the final customer from Thailand has already announced his visit. It goes without saying that EHR has delivered just in time. To cut a long story short … have a nice weekend.

Pfeil March 2006 EHR supplies water-and-steam cycle for CCPP Hamm-Uentrop

€ 12m is the order value for the supply and installation of the water-and-steam cycle of Combined-Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) Hamm-Uentrop. 400 tons of piping for on that modern combined-cycle power plant with its two 400 MW blocks have been scheduled for the period between July 2006 and January 2007. Siemens Power Generation, Erlangen, is the general contractor and employer to EHR.

Building and operation of the plant are a hitherto unique joint project of 28 municipal utilities from Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. Trianel, the name of the business venture, will be generating energy for its own shareholders and help them become more independent from the increasingly more dramatic fluctuations of the wholesale prices of electricity.

Pfeil February 2006 EHR honours its jubilee members

It is literally a day to be celebrated at the EHR. You look back and are happy about past performance, you look ahead, plan for the future, and it is celebration time. As every year, EHR pays homage to the jubilee members of the past year at a festive event. There were two 45-year jubilees to be celebrated: Ms Ute Eckhardt and Mr Karl-Heinz Domes. The management appreciated the performance of all jubilee members and gave a positive outlook into the future of the company.

As a direct successor of Mannesmann Anlagenbau, EHR is taking part in “Olkiluoto3” in Finland, the currently largest nuclear power plant under construction, by supplying the main pipe work and is also addressing the international business by establishing branch offices in South Africa, says Ronald Diehl, CEO of EHR. “The most valuable potential of a sound company are the co-workers,” he went on, and consequently, 1.190 jubilee years were celebrated accordingly.

Pfeil January 2006 EHR goes South Africa

From left to right: R. Diehl, H. J. Speier, S. Chaukes, R. Schulz, J. Weyers
From left to right: R. Diehl, H. J. Speier, S. Chaukes, R. Schulz, J. Weyers

In January 2006, EHR entered South Africa’s resurgent energy market by establishing a branch office. The country’s demand for energy has been rising, and the energy infrastructure is to be extended.

According to Ronald Diehl, CEO of EHR, the company is not taking chances as they can build on the vast experience of their former holding Mannnesmann Anlagenbau, who planned and implemented high-pressure pipe work for a number of power plants in that region. Examples are Kriel, Tutuka, Matimba, Kendal and Majuba. There are currently a number of orders and enquiries for the high-temperature piping systems in South Africa’s PBMR project (Pebble Bed Modular Reactor).

39 % of EHR South Africa is held by the Essen based holding via EHR German Piping Systems, 33 % by the local company KOG Fabrications and 28 % by the local branch’s managing director, Shirley Chaukes. This ensures the performance and the implementation of EHR’s know-how. African staff members are to be qualified in an company-internal apprenticeship and training programme.

South Africa is looking forward to the commencement of EHR activities. As a world-wide renowned company in the areas of high-pressure and high-temperature pipe work with successful research initiatives, own plants as well as services that comprise design, construction, delivery, fitting, order processing and after-sales services, EHR will also be a much sought-after specialist for technically demanding welding work in South Africa.