Project Review: Ballylumford Power Station

WGM Engineering was once again chosen as the preferred repairer for two Circulating Water pumps at Ballylumford Power Station,  County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Providing power to over half of the province, Ballylumford power station is the largest in Northern Ireland.

Both pumps had been in service since the last pump refurbishment conducted over 9 years ago at the WGM Glasgow Service Centre. The outage this time was set at only 4 weeks but with the previous expertise and knowledge still in place, WGM were ideally placed to carry out the work against the challenging timescale.

A visit to the site was carried out to discuss the removal and repair tasks with the Ballylumford team. A quality plan was then prepared to itemise the work procedures, witness points, hold points and detail the actions to enable the repair works to progress and be completed within the scheduled timescale.

The pumps were fully overhauled to the original design specification detailing with engagement and involvement of the Ballylumford site team.

To improve the performance of the units within a seawater environment, each unit was coated with ‘Belzona 1341 Supermetalglide’ internally and externally across the lower areas from Bellmouth to the Diffuser with the upper discharge sections coated with Belzona 5811 Immersion Grade.

Each pumps weighing 12.5 tonnes each, without the drive motors attached, operate in an arduous environment and require to be returned with the correct materials, tolerances and clearances in place to ensure the length of service can be maintained in line with operational requirements of the station.

“WGM provided an impressive and complete packaged service. The team removal of the pumps, strip down reports, overhaul, installation and their excellent turnaround time provided exactly what we needed during our short outage window. A very professional and thorough outfit who importantly kept in touch with us throughout the job, many thanks from Northern Ireland.” – Josh Logan – Mechanical Engineer (CW Pumps Ballylumford Power Station)


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Opening of Preshal Trust – Duchess of Montrose Memorial Garden

During 2018 WGM carried out civil engineering works for the Preshal Trust a registered charity based in Govan, Glasgow.  WGM supplied labour, plant and materials for no financial charge to assist with their much-needed building renovation, car park works and community garden. WGM carried out most of their work in conjunction with trust members, residents and other contractors. Our kind WGM operatives and staff members volunteered their time to help achieve the finished facility that the trust wished for.

Recently, we were kindly invited along to the opening of ‘The Duchess of Montrose Memorial Community Garden’. The garden has been very well received by clients of all ages who attend the Preshal Trust, and we were extremely honoured to be a part of this project.

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WGM Water Treatment Works Success

WGM Engineering has completed critical DI meter work at Dhu Loch Water Treatment Works located on the Isle of Bute, Scotland, on behalf of our client Scottish Water. Meeting the needs of our customers is a priority and therefore it was crucial we maintained the water flows to the island during the refurbishment works as this eliminates the prospect of any disruption.

The overall aim of the project was to replace the outdated flow meter and valve arrangement whilst fully maintaining the supply of potable water to over 2000 properties on the island.

The projects’ success was underpinned by meticulous planning and programming such as; bypass pipework arrangements to maintain potable water delivery to the public, contingency plans during under pressure high-risk activities, transportation of plant, people and equipment.

The work conducted included:
– Excavations using an 8-tonne machine
– Exposing the 12” outlet water main
– Construction and tie in work for the bypass pipework arrangement
– Under pressure drilling on 12” main
– Testing and sampling bypass pipework
– Replacement of the pipework and the flow meter
– Electrical elements were connected and the site was commissioned

Thus, highlights our Total Service by triumphantly incorporating our Electrical, Mechanical and Civil Engineering disciplines within one project.”

The contingency plan included:
Standby pipework & Emergency fittings
Stand-by artic tankers & standby crews
DOMS network control approval

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