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Murco Milford Haven

Murco had the required skill to plan and execute complex construction projects but we recognised early on in this process that our understanding of the consequences of embarking on a demolition project was limited…….

RVA were able to provided the detailed knowledge and experience of high hazard demolition projects we required in our decision making process……..

RVA were also engaged to manage our interaction with the contractor supply chain for demolition and run the demolition contract tender process.  They did this in a thorough and rigorous way….

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RVA to present redundant asset management seminar

RVA Group will be exhibiting at the 2014 Plant and Asset Management show at the NEC later in the spring. The event, which expects to attract over 40,000 visitors, takes place at the NEC Birmingham from Tuesday 8th until Thursday 10th April.

One of the highlights of the plant, works and maintenance calendar, the exhibition also includes an extensive seminar programme covering a broad spectrum of engineering developments and issues presented by a selection of industry experts.

RVA’s MD Richard Vann will lead a seminar session exploring the challenges and opportunities associated with redundant asset management planning. He will highlight best value strategies giving examples of projects ranging from a complete site exit to the removal of a single redundant asset from a large-scale, high-hazard, operational site.

If you wish to discuss your specific asset management planning issues during the show please visit RVA in Hall 3, stand P412.

Bookings to attend Richard’s presentation can be made via the show’s website www.maintenanceuk-expo.com


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RVA Group experiences continental drift

RVA Group has cemented its position as an internationally-acclaimed engineering consultancy, having secured three prestigious new projects on three different continents.

In only the last six weeks the expertise of RVA’s specialist decommissioning team has been sought by clients in Canada, Singapore and the Netherlands. These new schemes of work – on top of ongoing projects in the UK and mainland Europe – mean the firm has a healthy forward order book and is continuing to expand its team.

RVA’s managing director Richard Vann explains: “The nature of our work is particularly complex and a somewhat unusual skill set is required to safely manage the inherently high-hazard projects that we oversee. Identifying the best people is therefore not an easy task as we are looking for such highly skilled professionals in their respective fields, be it chemical, structural, mechanical, or civil engineering, for instance. However there is a phenomenal amount of talent out there so now it is a case of handpicking the industry’s finest and gradually adding the RVA sector specifics to their already highly developed skill sets.”

With a resident project management role on the five month North American contract, RVA is set to supervise the meticulous dismantling of a complex petrochemical plant, for resale, relocation and reassembly in Eurasia. Elsewhere other RVA engineering experts are on two large chemical sites in Singapore and the Netherlands to support the client to manage the dismantling of redundant assets that are intertwined with operational plant and services.

Richard continues: “Projects of this nature are the very reason that RVA was established back in 1992, and international growth has long been part of our carefully planned expansion strategy. As our reputation has grown and our relationships with multinational blue-chip clients have developed, we have steadily secured more overseas work. These three new projects represent an exceptional achievement for the company and they are a testament to the capabilities and results of our team.”

This type of work is not for the fainthearted though. “We quickly have to acclimatise ourselves to varied local requirements to ensure legislative and environmental compliance,” Richard explains. “There can sometimes be language barriers and time zones present challenges too, when we need to communicate with colleagues on the other side of the world. Indeed with the current geographical spread, we can have colleagues separated by almost a whole day”.

But all of this simply represents a new dynamic for the business, concludes Richard. “We develop knowledge-based partnerships whether we’re working in the North East of the UK, or the Far East of the world. Our aim is to develop totally safe, environmentally sound and cost-effective regimes wherever we may be, and we will devise bespoke team structures and on-site methodologies to best tackle the challenges that any project poses.”

RVA’s work continues on nine UK projects nationwide.

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RVA Group joins specialist decommissioning forum

Specialist engineering consultancy RVA Group has been welcomed as a new member of Decom North Sea, a niche decommissioning forum established to help the oil and gas sector with the £35bn of decommissioning activity anticipated by 2040.

With decades of sector-specific experience working on some of Europe’s largest decommissioning and dismantling schemes, RVA is ideally positioned to deliver ARO assessments, feasibility and option studies and the full suite of project, safety and supply chain management services to organisations in this complex industry. RVA’s existing clients include Shell, BP, British Gas, Total and ConocoPhillips, to name just a few.

Speaking of the company’s decision to join Decom North Sea, RVA managing director Richard Vann said: “Having completed nearly 600 projects within programme and budget requirements, we hope to become a valuable partner within this collaboration of specialist expertise.  It is widely acknowledged that the oil and gas sector will encounter many decommissioning challenges – onshore and offshore – over the coming years, so now is the time to start planning considered and best-value strategies that will ensure the safe execution of these projects.”

If you are a fellow Decom North Sea member, or if you have an oil or gas project that you wish to discuss with the experienced RVA team, then please call +44 (0) 1473 256890 or email office@rvagroup.org.

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…the role of planning supervisor proved an invaluable assistance to Novartis Grimsby. Attention to detail due to the contamination issues…and all associated health and safety issues …. in all cases carried out in full. One of the highlights was the close working relationship adopted between yourselves and the Novartis team… which had a hands on non-adversarial approach. The fees involved in employing RVA based on quality and content of the service provided were well justified………

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Saint-Gobain Pipelines

I would like to take this opportunity again to thank you and your team at RVA for the work that you have performed in clearing the Hallam and Central Melting Plant site here at Ilkeston. This is the second time that we have used your company and the service that we have received was exemplary. It is absolutely essential on any demolition project that health and safety is the priority and your team has clearly delivered in this regard. We have benefited hugely from the resource and skill that you have applied to managing the demolition project as this allows the team at Saint-Gobain PAM UK to concentrate on our own ongoing business.

Your teams are always of a very high standard and I have very much enjoyed the close working relationship that we have developed with RVA. It ensures that we at Saint-Gobain PAM UK are kept fully informed of progress and any issues arising on the site, and they have also been invaluable in keeping a close control on the costs of the contractor.

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