Bilfinger announces contract to refurbish 360-MW Ffestiniog pumped storage station in Wales

Bilfinger UK has won a contract from Voith Hydro to deliver mechanical, electrical, maintenance and installation services at the 360-MW Ffestiniog pumped storage station in North Wales.

Bilfinger says the deal forms part of significant restoration project set to be completed by 2020, which will involve the refurbishment of two turbine-generator units. The power station, commissioned in 1963, was the first major pumped storage system to be built in the UK and provides electricity for more than half a million people.

The company will remove the plant’s existing vertical generator, turbine unit and mechanical control systems and replace electrical infrastructure, including the protection system and transformer control boards. The company will also blast and paint the turbine spiral casing and pump internals.

The delivery team will have a peak workforce of about 40 employees.

 “The Ffestiniog power station plays a critical role in powering North Wales and providing a response to changes in grid supply and demand, as such, delivering a smooth and efficient renewal will be key to ensuring the plant continues to provide the level of response for the future stability of the grid system,” said Phill Maurer, managing director for Bilfinger UK.

Bilfinger UK provides its partners with unified, multidisciplinary support across the asset lifecycle, with services including design and build, automated control and electrical systems, installation, commissioning, and operations and maintenance.

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