Latest information on Steffel.
New GW11 specialist personnel at Steffel!
The GW11 guideline issued by the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW) specifies the qualification requirements for companies specializing in cathodic protection. A company can have itself certified in accordance with this regulatory document and in order to be successfully certified it must have qualified management and supervisory staff in addition to its references and technical equipment.
Steffel has successfully passed the test again this year and is also pleased to have 3 new GW11 personnel, making a total of 6 GW11 personnel ready to meet the exacting requirements of Steffel’s customers.
Start of working life: Steffel welcomes three new trainees.
(f.l.t.r. Maximiliam Kranz, Lilly Bunk, Tim Heinrich)
Lilly Bunk began her apprenticeship as an office management assistant on August 1st, 2020. Maximiliam Kranz and Tim Heinrich started their apprenticeship as industrial electricians specializing in industrial engineering at Steffel KKS GmbH on September 1st, 2020. We look forward to an instructive and exciting time with the new trainees.
Steffel receives another award for excellence in R & D.
High levels of research expertise and innovative ability ensure that a company experiences success, and from the very beginning Steffel has taken opportunities as a mid-sized company to explore new territory through its ground-breaking research in the field of cathodic protection. Steffel is now recognized as a forerunner in this area of expertise, a fact that has been reconfirmed with Steffel being awarded the important “Innovativ durch Forschung” (Innovative Through Research) seal of approval. The German Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities is the biggest promoter of scientific achievement in Germany, and it awards this seal to companies that have made exceptional achievements in the field of research and development.
JobRad – Steffel now offering opportunities to be active
The staff at Steffel now have the opportunity to get even fitter because they’ll soon be able to take advantage of another very attractive offering designed to improve physical fitness. Steffel has signed an agreement with the leasing firm, FitRad. Under the terms of the contract, everybody working at Steffel has the opportunity to select and lease a bicycle of their choice (www.jobrad.org) for their own personal use, all of which will of course be subsidized by Steffel. Companies such as L’Oreal, Rewe and the Deutsche Bahn are already taking advantage of the JobRad offering. Ultimately, cycling is good for your health – and good for the environment as well.
Company pensions effective immediately and obligation-free!
Steffel has made company pensions even more flexible, and its employees can now choose the company they would like to go through for their pension plans. Steffel employees have always been able to choose what kind of pension plan they want, e.g. direct insurance or a pension fund, and from now everyone working at Steffel will also be able to choose which company they’d like to administer their pension plan.
EUGAL: A secure energy supply
for Europe – and we’re involved.
The demand for natural gas in Europe is rising. The new EUGAL pipeline will significantly consolidate the security of the natural gas supply to Germany and Europe, and a big milestone has now been reached. Under construction for almost one and half years, the first string of the EUGAL European Gas Pipeline Link is now complete. From 2020 onwards, EUGAL will provide the transport capacity for another 30.9 billion cubic meters of gas per year. And we’re proud of ourselves: Steffel has been closely involved in the pipeline’s construction over virtually its entire length.
Only a pipeline that is working safely and reliably can be operated efficiently – that’s the reason one of Steffel’s priorities was to ensure the pipeline was laid flawlessly. Steffel’s personnel are now applying their commitment and expertise to completing the pipeline’s second string.
Further details on the EUGAL pipeline are available here.
3. Project meeting for the CP Foundation
Structure research project
The project partners attended the 3rd project meeting for the “Corrosion Monitoring and Active Corrosion Protection of Offshore Foundation Structures” research project, which took place at Steffel’s premises in Lachendorf on 21.01.2020. Together, the attendees inspected the model monopile with its pre-installed measuring equipment. The next step is to introduce the monopile model into a real marine environment.
Steffel involved in the ZEELINK project
ZEELINK is the largest single project in the National Development Plan Gas 2015 (NEP) of the Federal Network Agency. The gas pipeline connects to the LNG terminal in Zeebrugge and thus contributes to route and source diversification to supply Germany with natural gas. Steffel KKS GmbH, in cooperation with KORUPP GmbH, provides for the extensive project the necessary capacity. In addition to the supply of protective current devices for CP, the assessment of coating quality and measurements during construction, measures to reduce the interference of high voltage from nearby OHL are an essential part of the scope of works.
You can also find out more about Zeelink here.
Successful commissioning at the Nord Stream 2
The Steffel KKS CP systems and protective measures on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline were successfully commissioned at the end of October. The entire underground areas of the German landfall facilities will be protected up to the pig receiving station in Lubmin for both pipelines. The station in Lubmin acts as a logistical link between the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the European pipeline network.
You can find out more about Nord Stream 2 here.
2. Celle Duck Race on the Aller River – For a good cause.
After its great success of 2 years ago, the thrilling Aller River Duck Race is also taking place again this year. Organized by the Onkologisches Forum Celle e.V., proceeds from the event go towards cancer counseling. Anyone can participate with an investment of 5€ or more to “adopt” one of a total of 5000 rubber ducks. And there are great prizes awaiting the winners.
New Expert at Steffel
Lisa Fischer is appointed DVGW expert in accordance with DVGW G 100:2015 for passive and cathodic corrosion protection. You can find out more about our technical experts here.
Future Day – Visiting Steffel for a closer look.
Schoolchildren had an interesting day at Steffel’s headquarters in Lachendorf this year with a little theory and a lot of practical application. There was plenty to do and discover: both in electrical occupations and also in our departments dealing with IT and high-voltage interference. Many thanks go to the boys and girls who were so curious and showed so much interest in cathodic protection. We’re looking forward to the next group of children coming through in 2020.
Steffel’s participation in the 37th Celle Wasa Run has a tradition.
Several employees who are also keen runners again took part in this popular fun-run held in the beautiful city of Celle on the edge of the Lüneburger Heath. The inclement weather didn’t stop those participating in the various disciplines from running or walking the distances required. With around 8,500 entrants, the Celle Wasa Run has now become one of the biggest fun-runs in Germany.
Things are progressing rapidly with the PIAMO project.
Steffel is substantially involved in the PIAMO project, and there is good news to report on its progress. The joint project undertaken by Steffel and Mannesmann Line Pipe called PIAMO (Pipeline Attack Monitoring) serves to reliably analyze CP and acoustic signals so that damage to pipelines can be detected early. Steffel is developing a software module for this purpose that will be integrated into the new generation of ISM2010 CP station modules. The good news is that three quarters of the development work has now been completed.
14. und 15.11.2018
Info-Event on remote monitoring.
An interesting informational event on remote control technology for CP was held in the vicinity of Steffel’s Wildau location near Berlin on the 14thand 15thof November, 2018 at the “Seehotel Zeuthen” hotel. The event’s focus centered around the changes to the DVGW’s technical regulation, GW10. All in all, the attendees learned a lot; ranging from the theoretical principles all the way to examples of practical applications.
Steffel again takes part in “Rowing for Cancer”.
Being active is twice as much fun if you can get involved in a sporting event for a good cause. Steffel has once again participated in “Rowing for Cancer”, which took place on the 25thof August on the Aller River in Celle. And with great success, by the way; our boat placed first in the men’s open category! A good example of the kind of exemplary team spirit that Steffel strives for in all its projects.