Rotork actuators “enhance the reliability” of SSE power stations’ environmental upgrades
“The reliability of Rotork actuators will assist in enhancing the reliability and availability of the FGD plant as well as the rest of the station” says David Bosomworth, Technical Engineer and Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) Liaison Officer at the Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) owned Ferrybridge ‘C’ Power Station in Yorkshire.
Over 100 Rotork IQ and IQT intelligent electric actuators have been installed across the new FGD plants at the SSE owned Ferrybridge and Fiddlers Ferry Power Station sites. The Power plant upgrades will significantly reduce the sulphur dioxide emissions from the coal fired power stations in line with the European Union’s Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD). Rotork actuators for the FGD plants were ordered by valve maker KSB through Rotork in France. Exeeco, the specialist Power Station site services company in the Rotork Group, has held a framework agreement for the supply of electric actuators and the service and repair of installed actuators at all of the Scottish and Southern Energy fossil-fuelled and hydro-electric power station sites since 2001. Added to this, Rotork’s activities over many years, including retrofitting to replace obsolete equipment and the installation of actuators on Low Nox and BOFA upgrade programmes, has facilitated the stocking of common plant spares which has assisted the planning of programmed maintenance activities. Manufactured and installed by AE&E Lentjes, the FGD plants were designed to have both electric and pneumatic actuation. David Bosomworth comments ” I was very pleased that Rotork electric actuators had been selected to be installed at both sites as we have firsthand experience of the Rotork IP68 “double-sealed” design’s ability to successfully withstand the challenging elements of the Power Station environment and the benefits of the non-intrusive commissioning and data communication technologies. “