The specialist nuclear arm of north-west based Boulting, has won extensive contracts for work at Hunterston and Dungeness power stations for EDF Energy, one of the UK's largest energy suppliers.
Work commenced on the Hunterston project in April 2011 and was successfully completed in March 2013. The objective was to increase equipment reliability and to return the Reactor Cooling Water (RCW) System to the effectiveness of the original design.
Providing cooling water to safety related plant and equipment, the RCW system ensures that the nuclear plant operates both efficiently and safely. The existing pipeline was subject to periodic problems due to failures of the buried cast iron pipe.
To avoid such scenarios, existing buried cast iron pipeline running between the Turbine Hall and Cooling Water pumphouse, was replaced with High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) piping. Boulting worked to an accelerated programme in which all requirements were met and objectives achieved.
George Wilson the EDF Project Manager at Hunterston commented, "The success of the BCI project at Hunterston ‘B' was due to a fully integrated team approach. Boulting has been a key member of this team in providing a range of services from design to site installation.
"As a company they have demonstrated that they fully understand the requirements of working within the Nuclear environment. Personally I enjoyed working with Boulting as they demonstrated a flexible and professional approach"
Awarded in December 2012, work on the Dungeness project is scheduled to commence later this month. Previous projects for EDF have included work at Heysham, Hunterston and Torness but this is the first time the company has been awarded a contract on Dungeness.
The full scope of the phased work is to install new Active Effluent Discharge pipe work (AETP), which having met its service life now requires replacement. The existing primary and secondary containment pipe work will be replaced with HDPE piping.
As a multi-disciplined engineering solutions provider Boulting will deliver a full scope of services including site surveys, design, equipment qualification, procurement, fabrication, delivery, inspection and testing, commissioning, documentation and warranty provisions on both projects.
Bob Bianchi, Boulting Director, commented; ‘Our reputation is enhanced by winning these important contracts at Hunterston and Dungeness power stations, and in line with significant ambitions to grow our market share in the nuclear sector.'
Collaboration from concept to construction
Read our take on the benefits of integrated project delivery (IPD) and the collaborative culture it produces.
Engineering standards and the importance of professional registration
Here, Glyn Shawcross, Boulting Design Manager, explores the importance of working with accredited contractors who invest in training for employees.