As part of a new investment scheme in aluminium smelting at the Aldel Site, the client and investors made the decision to upgrade and reinstate pot line 1 to run in parallel with the currently operating potline 2, which would significantly increase aluminium output. Potline 1 had been mothballed for many years due to the reduced competitiveness of the site, therefore the resulting work to bring a section of 120 cells in that potline back into an operational state, represented a significant challenge to all.
Aldel awarded the contract to Power System Services to install and overhaul the dense phase feed
systems and the structures that regulate flow into the pots. This work involved the following key
elements which are fundamental to an automated smelting operation :
The breadth of knowledge in- house at Power Systems, a good reference from previous contracts
with engineers at Aldel, plus the fact that Power System Services are familiar with aluminium
smelting facilities were key considerations in the client`s award criteria, coupled naturally with the
competitiveness of our offer.
Power System Services deployed a well-trained team to site who had a wealth of experience in similar projects. The challenges faced were significant, not least because access and logistics to even get equipment to the construction areas with other contractors needing to operate in the vicinity and of course the adjacent live smelter were very difficult. Nevertheless the works were phased in such a way that our works were executed on time, without any incidents and to a high quality of workmanship.
Power System Services were commended on;
Power System Services as installation contractor on this project worked with the client with a common goal, helping develop specifications and inventory lists for maintenance and future needs, whilst understanding budget constraints.
The project was concluded safely, profitably, on time and to the specified standards. We took an active role in the design and buildability process throughout and assisted with other large scale projects on the same site whilst this contract was being undertaken, not least in the cast house and live potline 2.
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