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Technip Germany the underground gas storage ( UGS) side of its Düsseldorf operations has experienced a boom of late. " For a long time, UGS was not the natural focus of our customers but it is now, and I guess it will remain so- at least for the next six or seven years while more storage capacity ( which is definitely needed in Europe), is built," affirms Sahin. The energy companies have long since recognised the strategic importance of UGS, and as such, joint ventures in this area of operations are becoming increasingly common. In 2009, Technip Germany commenced services for three UGS projects, one of them in Schönkirchen, Austria and the other two in Etzel, Germany, serving two independent joint ventures on an ' open book' basis. This means that a task force comprising staff members from both Technip and the client has been stationed in Technip's Düsseldorf offices to collectively develop the engineering, order equipment and place construction contracts. With this stage of the project now more or less complete, activity has started shifting onto site, with the entire plant, including running of acceptance tests and performance tests, expected to be finished in 2011. The success of these complex and demanding projects rests on the dedication of Technip staff- an area which Technip Germany recognises as one of its core strengths. " We have one of the best retention rates- over the last three to four years staff turnover has been at a rate of below three per cent, which is excellent in the market," says Sahin. " We do a lot to motivate our people." This includes continuous training and the opportunity for staff to volunteer their expertise to different areas, either geographically or in terms of working discipline, of the Technip Group worldwide. " That gives people reassurance. Technip's HR programme provides a wide range of opportunities to employees who wish to follow their career aspirations through functional, geographical or cross- segment changes within the Technip Group," Sahin explains. Looking forward, the company is actively involved in R& D activities to prepare it for the industry's growing inclination towards renewables. " Without neglecting our traditional business in onshore pipeline systems, underground gas storage and calcining plants, we are involved in developing technologies to support our clients in regards to renewable energy. Clean energy as an area of focus will be growing, not only within Europe but outside of it as well. Carbon capture and storage; technologies in CO2 compression and transport; efficient reduction of emissions; solar and wind farms; as well as green energy will all definitely be areas of growth," he concludes. - Editorial research by Vincent Kielty March 10 www. bus- ex. com 117 Schone & Bruns GmbH & Co. KG proudly provides services to all sectors of the industrial market. Our services range from engineering, fabrication, corrosion protection and erection of all kinds of steel structures. Our mission is to provide superior service and quality through our dedication to customer satisfaction and attention to detail. Schone & Bruns SIM considers it a privilege to collaborate with Technip Germany on the development of EKB Project Viking Lot 300. The oil & gas market is very demanding and our clients are among the most sophisticated companies in the world. They know what they want and how to get it. SIM's international network means experience and reliability; and a joint vision will create project operational excellence. SIM