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Technip Germany hours, no accidents were recorded. During peak periods, there were up to 300 people from various European countries on the construction site, with a number of different languages being spoken. Crane activities were carried out alongside other construction work at ground level; and a multitude of different technical tasks were being executed simultaneously. However, in keeping with procedures as laid out by Pulse, no money or effort was spared to ensure that all operations were safe at all times. A significant investment was made in training of personnel and in the safety and security of the construction works, with the close cooperation of safety engineers employed by Technip and the plant owner on- site. Permanent controls, practice- orientated action plans, regular training courses for personnel and training in the plant were also carried out. These pre- emptive measures resulted in an irrefutable success, with no accidents being recorded throughout the duration of the project; added to which, the work was completed on time and under budget, prompting excellent feedback from the client- the best advertisement for any business. Indeed, Technip Germany's dedication to exceeding expectations extends to all facets of its operations. It is currently concluding a project that will increase the throughput of the Fujairah Water Transmission System in the United Arab Emirates from 454,600 to 1,045,600 cubic metres per day, with handover scheduled for the middle of the year. The project has been large- scale, involving pipes of 64 inches in diameter- big enough to walk through- lined with cement mortar. Although Technip Germany did not carry out the construction work itself, project management, engineering and procurement fell within its remit and when the supplier of the pipeline's stainless steel pumps- built to a unique design and the largest of their kind in the world- encountered a delay due to manufacturing failures, it took definitive action. " We recovered the time lost by chartering one of the Antonov aircraft, as we had to keep on schedule for our client," explains Sahin. The company paid to fly three pumps from Brazil straight to Fujairah airport in Abu Dhabi, rather than risk delay and inconvenience to the client, and successfully recovered the time lost. Technip has undoubtedly mastered the art of monitoring what matters to its clients, as well as to the industry as a whole. By doing so, it is able to dedicate resource to areas of business growth, and to capitalise on these. For instance, A significant proportion of its activities are centred around engineering and construction on large- scale projects, and safety has therefore always been a primary concern for Technip Germany. As such, it is engaged with the roll- out of its Pulse health and safety programme, which is designed to serve not only its own safety needs, but also those of its clients and other parties concerned. " All our clients are increasingly seeing safety as not only important, but as being of the highest priority," explains Technip Germany's CEO Mesut Sahin. " So a few years ago, Technip developed the Pulse programme, which is not only a tool for us to follow but also a tool for our partners, subcontractors and clients. The results we have on safety are really excellent. It costs money at the outset- you have to invest to ensure that safety is not only a priority for everyone but a value that drives our decisions and day- to- day behaviours in our projects- but the payback is actually within a very short space of time." Pulse is Technip's HSE climate change and performance improvement programme that is used group- wide. Based on industry best practice and research, it has four fundamental aims: that all Technip projects are performed with responsibility for health, safety and the environment; that everyone working on Technip projects embraces HSE as a core value; that the company's behaviours demonstrate that HSE is a core value; and that Technip is the industry reference company for HSE. This last ambition is well on its way to becoming a reality for Technip Germany. Pulse was launched internally at first; but was soon transferred to the company's clients and subcontractors. " Full commitment starts with the company's management, going down to the very last employee in our company," explains Sahin. " Education and training takes place regularly and cascades from the top down. It is something we are very proud of developing- it has now reached a status where having trained our employees, the next step is on- site training, including our subcontractors and the client's management team, in order to share the importance of this value." Happily, the success of Pulse is now playing out in Technip's sites across the world; and Technip Germany is no exception. It chalked up a notable achievement during the construction of a new hydro- desulphurisation unit within an existing refinery for an oil major in Spergau, Germany- over the course of more than 500,000 working March 10 www. bus- ex. com 115 " All our clients are increasingly seeing safety as not only important, but as being of the highest priority"