Bilfinger wins mechanical & electrical project for Welsh power station refurbishment 22 April 2019

Warrington-based engineering and services provider Bilfinger UK has won a multi-million-pound contract with German hydropower specialist Voith Hydro to deliver a range of mechanical, electrical, maintenance and installation services at the Ffestiniog power station in North Wales.

The deal forms part of significant restoration project set to be completed by 2020, which will involve the refurbishment of two generating units.

The power station, commissioned in 1963, is said to have been the first major pumped storage system to be built in the UK. It provides electricity for more than half a million people living in the region.

Bilfinger UK will remove the plant’s existing vertical generator, turbine unit and mechanical control systems and replace electrical infrastructure, including the protection system and transformer control boards, as part of the contract.

The company will also blast and paint the turbine spiral casing and pump internals. The delivery team will have a peak workforce of approximately 40 employees.

Phill Maurer, MD for Bilfinger UK, says: “The Ffestiniog power station plays a critical role in powering North Wales and providing a response to changes in grid supply and demand, as such, delivering a smooth and efficient renewal will be key to ensuring the plant continues to provide the level of response for the future stability of the grid system.

“Our extensive experience in mechanical and electrical engineering, together with our wider service provision, means we are well placed to deliver this significant scheme.”

Adam Offord

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