Finley Structures newsletter 6 - summer 2013 - Page 4

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 existing building , 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 .”
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