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KEPI International Solutions recently secured and delivered a contract for UK STRE (ME) to construct a technical storage area and vehicle repair centre at the combined security forces Camp Fortune in Afghanistan.
The work consisted of full site preparation that included the relocation of existing temporary storage containers and fencing. The new building covered an area of 502 m2 and was designed not only as storage area but a vehicle test and repair facility with, amongst other things, a rolling brake tester. Vehicle access was through four large roller shutter doors.
The groundworks included excavation and compaction as well as a poured concrete base and floor with columns and steel I-beams put up before the installation of pre-cast concrete walls. The steel framed roof was covered with profile sheets and the walls with cladding before drainage gutters and downspouts were added. Work then moved on to the internal walls, which were plastered and painted, and the floor prepared for its priming coat and final paint finish.
The building was finished with a HVAC ducting system along with two 12.5 tonne AHU Systems. The roller doors and other doors were added at the same time as the electrical and smoke/heat alarm systems.
Installation of the four vehicle exhaust fans, the vehicle stopper, corner protectors and emergency shower unit completed the safety features required and the building was ready for use, completed in 7 months. The KEPI team delivered the project against a tight deadline and a highly detailed specification.
The first stage was the modification and relocation of existing containerised units to provide a medical and welfare facility that included a café, shop and a laundry facility.
The next development phase was the design and build of new domestic and technical accommodation. This was for 48 people in a two storey building. A separate building also accommodated a gym with a high bay roof.
To go with the new build was the modification of existing Dining and Kitchen facilities and additional parking areas to accommodate 37 vehicles.
It was also decided that the current sewage storage on site was insufficient with the increase in personnel and provision of laundry facilities so the sewage storage capacity was increased to take account of this.
Completed in challenging desert conditions this was a project that successfully combined the existing with the new.
KEPI were contracted to deliver this turnkey project in July 2019 and required to design, supply and construct a plant room to heat and store water.
The plant room was attached to an existing building structure and, complete with roof, double doors and windows, was constructed from hollow steel tubing and profile sandwich panel sheeting, making sure it was mechanically robust enough to withstand the day to day environmental conditions as well as being fully watertight.
Once the building was completed KEPI installed four 500 litre DIKO water heaters and one pressurisation unit with 1000L storage capacity to match existing Plant Rooms already installed at HKIA.
We tested the existing supply pipework prior to connections being made and installed a suitable distribution panel within the plant room, with the supply taken from the main distribution board in the adjacent building to power the installation.
All electrical items and accessories were rated accordingly to the room specifications. Ventilation fans, extracting air from the building provide a minimum of five air changes per hour.
Handling all elements of a project like this is one of our strengths at KEPI. We have the knowledge and experience to deliver from project inception to handover and everything in between, including all sourcing of fittings, equipment and materials.
We are doing this at present for the Australian Defence Force at a number of their sites and locations in Kabul.
This is a list of just some of the services we provide under existing contracts:
This demonstrates the sort of facilities and service management we can provide post build on our own projects or as a bespoke service on other new and existing buildings.
The works consisted of the site preparation for a 3,000m2 area adjacent to a river on which concrete foundations were provided and the vertical construction of a pre-fabricated timber building conducted. The electrical works and a complete internal building refit then followed the construction phase.
The project became a prime focal point of the Panjshir Province given the method of construction used and the employment opportunities it created.
Kepi again delivered a mentoring role and took immense pride in assisting a number of local tradesmen throughout the project meaning they are now able to undertake the continued maintenance of the facility.
The local engineering University in the Panjshir Province also made contact with the Kepi project management team to assist in providing some educational training on the construction methodology and techniques. This training provided 15 students from the university the chance to gain valuable hands on experience onsite for a full week.
Delivering this project well within the contracted timelines has assisted the company in being considered for additional projects within the area and creating further engagement with the local community and University.
The price was issued, contract awarded and personnel along with equipment mobilised to site all within a five day period, again demonstrating Kepi’s ability to react and mobilise within time constraints.
The immediate works included end flanges and inline couplings.
DNO is not your typical oil company. Based in Oslo, their focus is the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). By tapping into their Norwegian heritage and leveraging their strong regional footprint, DNO has proven itself a nimble operator, even in challenging environments.
Present in the MENA region since 1998, they are uniquely positioned to identify and capture opportunities when they arise. They have a diversified portfolio, which includes producing assets in Kurdistan and Oman, plus exploration assets in Tunisia, Somaliland and the United Arab Emirates.
The Tawke oil field in Kurdistan, is their flagship field. Which has been in production since 2007. Kepi International Solutions Ltd continue to provide support to DNO in their Kurdistan operations.
Kepi International Solutions Ltd has recently renewed the contract for the provision of Toyota Hilux vehicles in support of the British Military Training Teams within Baghdad.
Shell Oil who is the operator of the Majnoon oil field in Southern Iraq, operating on behalf of the Southern Oil Company, required a replacement flowline transporting fresh water from a river to the Central Processing Plant, where the water was used for processing purposes desalinating the produced oil and gas.
After the processing plant, the combined fluids of water and saline produced water were transported another 18 km to two injection wells for disposal and pressure maintenance of the reservoir.
Shell international having previously used the SoluForce® products decided on installing two parallel 6 in. SoluForce® M570 lines along the existing path of the current line to transport both fresh water and produced fluids from the Processing plant to the injection wells.
The installation process involved laying the pipeline which was delivered in 400m individual pipe coils, joined using a specialist welding and computer numerical control (CNC) equipment, together with a dispensing trailer for the coils.
The routine procedures include butt welding of the liner material constructed from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe and the electro fusion welding of in-line couplers for reinforcing the butt welds, and the welding of end fittings. The flow-line was also fitted with 6” steel flanges kits to enable the hook up to existing facilities.
The installation was considered a temporary pipeline by Shell Oil, so the pipe was surface laid, only being buried for road crossings, with the option for being soil covered by a bearm later in the process. The pipelines also crossed one bridge, where the pipe was laid along the foot path of the bridge, due the temporary nature of the installation. The pipeline installation of the two lines across the road bridge was conducted in one day, without requiring the bridge to be closed for traffic at any time.
Kepi International mobilised two teams with project managers and welding specialists conduct the work, including both Iraqi and English speaking personnel. The first team arrived in October, working from the Processing Plant towards the Injection wells. The second team arrived some days later working side by side on the two lines.
The installation progress was initially estimated at 1000 m/day per installation team, and this was consistently achieved throughout the project. The terrain in the Majnoon field was favourable for this installation with flat stretches across the dessert. The only downtime experienced on the project was during a rainy period where the movement of heavy machinery in the field was not possible.
The daily operations were coordinated between Shell Oil, CPP and Kepi International, and any issues were promptly dealt with on a daily basis in close co-operations between Shell, CPP and Kepi International, with technical support from the SoluForce® technical support team in the Netherlands, if required.
Two local labour crews each consisting of a 6-man pipe laying crew, with equipment and operators to support the installation were trained on the job and continually supervised by the Kepi team. After 36 days of installation work the majority of the pipeline had been installed and one crew was demobilised, leaving one crew to supervise and witness the hydrotesting of the pipelines.
The project finished when both flow lines were successfully hydrotested by the contractor under Kepi’s supervision, before being released under a Service Completion Certificate.
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