Working together with its suppliers, National Grid Metering has completed a high-risk major project to repair a vital ageing asset.
The project was high risk as it involved a critical, high-pressure, 21-year-old asset located on a power station that produces enough electricity to power 700,000 UK homes; so it was important to get the scope of works right.
The asset installation at Shoreham Power Station was starting to show signs of corrosion on its pipework – the wind and water wrapping that protects the sections of pipework (both in and out of the ground) had started to deteriorate, with some of the nuts and bolts heavily corroded.
The whole asset needed to: be re-painted; have multi-compound liquid applied to help protect it from constant wind, water and ground movement; have all corroded aspects replaced; and, have new sand boxes constructed with plastic mesh, to keep animals from digging around the pipework.
Commenting on the work, Senior Integrity Engineer Mark Tarran said: “As the bulk of the work to be carried out at this project was to grit blast the pipework and components back to bare metal and then apply the paint, the intermittent and heavy rain showers we had throughout the works and the wide range in ambient temperatures – standard British summer-time weather – made this quite a challenge for the painters.
“Other than the delays caused by weather, the project ran without any issues and we have successfully reduced the risk score and restored one of our largest capacity metering assets. I couldn’t be happier to see the great work we deliver, through our service providers.”
The work was originally estimated to last for three weeks but, due to the great British summer weather, the team was delayed and the project finished within six weeks.
Teamwork was key to its success, with our suppliers assisting National Grid Metering; Penspen carried out the works and their sub-contractor Stanningleys completed the painting.