Bilfinger preparing for the future of energy

December 14, 2012

Power plant service portfolio expanded with acquisition of Mauell GmbH:

  • Complete systems for power plant control technology
  • Control technology for electrical transmission networks
  • Technical equipment for plant control rooms

Bilfinger has acquired the control systems specialist Helmut Mauell GmbH, a leading provider of technical process systems and equipment for modern power plants. The company, which is headquartered in Wuppertal, Germany, has an output volume of approximately €60 million with 460 employees. Mauell generates a majority of its volume in Germany and also has activities in the United States, Brazil, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The company was previously owned by the founder's family and the two parties have agreed to keep the terms of the sale confidential.

Following the technological expansion of Bilfinger's power plant services with the acquisition of engineering specialist Envicon, the acquisition of Mauell represents a further step in the successful expansion of the portfolio. The company develops and produces comprehensive systems for power plant control technology, for the control of electrical transmission networks and technical equipment in control rooms at power plants.

As a result of the acquisition, Bilfinger can significantly expand its range of services - both for new construction and demanding modernization projects: the ability to operate existing power plants in part load scenarios in the context of forward-looking energy policies is only possible with appropriate control systems. Mauell also has cutting edge expertise in control systems for electrical transmission networks, relying on hardware and software developed internally. With a share of about 30 percent in this market, the company is a leading provider and benefits from the integration of windparks, photovoltaic and biomass plants into existing networks. Mauell is also a pioneer in the technology for so-called smart grids.

The company's clients include all major power plant and transmission system operators. Current projects include Vattenfall's Moorburg and Boxberg power plants, which rank among the most efficient coal-fired power plants in the world.