Refurbishing Chargers Case Study – Cost Reducing Initiative

February 2016

Refurbishing Chargers

A major North Sea Operating Company had issues replacing a number of aging Thyristor battery chargers as the systems were located in awkward spaces on the platform.  

No standard offerings from a number of manufactures approached were suitable as they were all too large to fit through the access ways or to fit  the original foot prints available. This potentially could have become a lengthy and expensive engineering challenge for the company as multiple unrelated systems would become impacted in order to create the required floor space and access.

Norco was able to offer an innovative refurbishment service which avoided significant time and cost for the customer. Replacement doors and internal sub-panels, populated with Norco’s charger system components, were manufactured and tested at Norco then shipped offshore for re-assembly and test on site.  Since all the transformers and chokes and most of the metalwork was reused in the refurbished units, this not only saved helped reduce cost but also minimised the need for recycling scrap hardware.