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 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 by Sir Robert McAlpine to install mechanical handling and pneumatic conveying equipment from the intermediate silos to the mill infeed locations. This included the following key construction items;
The breadth of knowledge in-house at Power System Services, a good reference from the equipment OEM and the fact that Power System Services are familiar with both construction sites and power generating facilities was a key consideration in the client`s award criteria, coupled naturally with the competitiveness of our offer.
Power System Services deployed an experienced and well-trained team to site who had a wealth of experience in construction and overhaul. The challenges faced during construction were immense not least because access and logistics to even get equipment to the construction areas with other contractors needing to operate in the vicinity were very difficult.
Nevertheless the works were phased in such a way that our works were executed on time and without too much disruption to others.