Case Study

Andrews Chillers aid power station closure

The United Kingdom’s sustained effort in finding environmentally-friendly energy sources has played a crucial role in the closing of power stations nationwide. So when one of the country’s largest independently owned generation stations was scheduled to be decommissioned, a once reliable supply of cold water was lost as part of a gradual shutdown programme.

Based in the London area, the plant’s transformers had traditionally been cooled via water pumped from the Thames. However, the initial phase of the decommissioning process led to pipework being removed – meaning the authority in charge had to find another way of cooling vital components on site.

Our solution was to install a robust yet easily portable 200kW fluid chiller which had the capacity to provide sufficient quantities of low temperature water. Connecting the equipment occurred in stages because of the client’s desire to oversee a measured mothballing, but this was fully operational within a few days of the problem being reported.

The hire package we recommended served its purpose perfectly and ensured that a wider programme could keep to its pre-set deadline. A second consultation has since taken place regarding the possibility of hiring another chiller – underlining the overall success of the original proposal.

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