Finley’s pump up the power with complex project
Finley Structures has recently completed work at DRAX power station to help construct a complex new bio conveyor.
Finley’s had to fabricate and erect the 70-metre tall conveyor facility which will feed the state-of-the-art Biomass power station at Drax near Selby in North Yorkshire, which is already the UK’s biggest source of electricity.
Drax Power had to scrap plans to construct a brand new Biomass plant at its Selby base, and instead upgrade its current facility to enable it to produce Bio Fuel.
And after completing the contract to erect NAREC’s new wind turbine testing facility in Blyth, Northumberland, for main contractors Shepherd Construction, the York based firm awarded Finley the fabrication and installation of gantry steelwork at Drax – the company’s most challenging contract to date.
“This was a great contract win, it demonstrates the size and complexity of work we’re not only willing to take on, but can deliver,” said MD John Finley.
“We had to use a 1,100-tonne crawler, which has a jib that can work to 160 metres, and we were working at heights of up to 70 metres to construct the conveyor which actually goes above the power station’s existingbuilding, to feed materials into it.
“Our recent NAREC contract was 30 metres high, so that demonstrates the scale of this project, but it’s a contract we all took head-on.
“It’s another Shepherd Construction-awarded contract, who were obviously pleased with the job we did for them at NAREC and gave us this one, so we’re delighted to be working with them on such a major project.”