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Manufacture of 18 large biomass silo hoppers

The Opportunity

As part of the UK’s drive towards a lower carbon power generation future, Lynemouth Power Station’s owners decided to retrofit the existing coal firing boilers to burn biomass largely imported for the Americas. This retrofit works has two main work zones, firstly the new fuel intake, storage and feed to the power station and secondly the retrofit of generating assets to generate with the new renewable fuel.

The Solution

As part of the UK’s drive towards a lower carbon power generation future, Lynemouth Power Station`s owners decided to retrofit the existing coal firing boilers to burn biomass largely imported from the Americas. This retrofit works has two main work zones, firstly the new fuel intake, storage and feed to the Power Station and secondly the retrofit of generating assets to generate with the new renewable fuel.

Power System Services were awarded the contract firstly by Sir Robert McAlpine and subsequently by Harry Peers who took over the project to manufacture, paint and deliver 18 large silo hoppers to be installed by the client.

SRM and subsequently Peers awarded Power System Services the contract based on the manufacturing already completed on previously manufactured structures and components quality, which formed part of the feed system project and a combination of qualifications, capacity, planning and location. This work involved the following key elements fundamental to the requirements :

  • Manufacture of hopper quadrants and stability during welding.
  • Management of the surface treatment subcontractor.
  • Trial assembly.
  • QA records and control of documentation.

The breadth of knowledge in-house at Power System Services, a good reference from previous
projects and the overall capability to carry out these works, were fundamental to this contract being
awarded to us.

The Outcome

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.


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