Once a new Energy Centre project is considered feasible, NIFES can move the project through to the design stages; this work is generally broken down to the following stages:
- Outline and Detailed Design
- Tender Documentation and Action
Whichever technology is considered, the general approach is the same, NIFES specialist engineers will design the installation and produce a specification for the scheme, which will include the relevant drawings to support the specification and the information required for planning applications, which will inevitably be required as a result of new flue installations and emissions.
The specification will also consider the operation and maintenance aspect of the installation including the introduction of key performance indicators (KPI’s), with penalties for non-performance for items such as combined heat and power (CHP) if that is included.
Once the scheme is fully designed and the specification produced, NIFES will prepare all of the tender documentation and issue for tender. This process will provide the most competitive quotations from the relevant specialist plant items, either tendered as a whole or in specialist work packages.
NIFES then examine the tenders received and assist with the tender analysis.
During the construction stage, NIFES will administer the terms of the contract and manage the engineering contractor both technically and commercially, including attending all relevant meetings, site visits and assessments of progress.
On completion, NIFES would have an input to the technical commissioning of the project and assist with any final account issues that may be raised to ensure both technical and commercial completeness.