Author: Edmund Collins Dip Eng, BSc(Eng), MSc, CDipAF, CEng MIEI, EUR ING, energy and utilities champion, GSK Cork
In October 2011, GSK Cork got funding approval for the design and construction of a new Consumer Health Care plant, which would manufacture the active ingredient for a denture fixative. As this was going to be a high-volume plant and a significant energy user and it was to be the first major project since the site achieved certification to the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard, we wanted to ensure that the project would consider energy efficiency in the design as required by the standard.
The project was managed by a GSK project manager and his team worked with the engineering consultant’s project team to design, construct and commission the plant. The project teams would have had experience with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) reviews and Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOPs), but this would be their first experience of using an Energy Efficient Design (EED) approach.
I decided that the review would follow the EED methodology that had been developed by a Special Working Group of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The EED methodology specifies two key roles: the EED owner and the EED expert. As the site’s energy and utilities champion, I performed the role of EED owner and engaged the services of a consultant energy engineer as the EED expert.
This consultant had been part of the Special Working Group that developed the EED methodology and so we were fortunate to have someone with his experience working on the project. Initially, there was some reluctance by the project team to accept the requirement to have an independent review of the design for energy efficiency. However, following meetings with the GSK project manager, it was agreed that the EED process would be followed.