COLLABORATION The Lochaber aluminium production facility powerhouse modernisation project in Fort William, Scotland
MINERALS OIL & GAS POWER & INDUSTRIAL WEIRBULLETIN | FEBRUARY 2012
Weir Power & Industrial plays its part in early project completion
Weir Power & Industrial’s service centre in Alloa, UK, played a major role in
completing a hydro power refurbishment project well ahead of schedule, alongside its alliance partner ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH. The Lochaber aluminium production facility powerhouse modernisation project in Fort William, Scotland was commissioned by Rio Tinto Alcan.
The project required that the original 12
x 6MW Horizontal Twin Jet Pelton machines (installed in 1929) be replaced with 5 x 18MW Horizontal Francis machines. It was completed in three phases between 2009 and the end of 2011, with the powerhouse remaining in operation during the modernisation. Weir Power & IndustriaI was responsible
for the supply of replacement main inlet valves, the design and supply of other auxiliary equipment (such as the cooling water system) and the supply of qualifi ed personnel for site installation activities. ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH’s responsibilities included the hydraulic design, the supply of the Francis turbines/ generators, associated turbine governors and control equipment.
Oil & Gas Forum goes on the road With all three divisions well
The Oil & Gas Forum, a cross- divisional initiative focusing group-
wide capability on the upstream oil and gas sector met in Manchester in late October to discuss projects to be initiated in the EMEA region, while a second meeting, addressing the Asia-Pacifi c region, was held in Sydney in mid-December.
represented at the meetings, several exciting opportunities were uncovered at each gathering reinforcing the prospects for applying existing technology from around the Group’s divisions to the needs of the fast growing upstream oil and gas markets.
By expanding efforts globally, the
Oil & Gas Forum is embracing the Weir growth pillar of global capability. Together with the progress made against the other two pillars of innovation and collaboration, 2012 should prove to be an exciting and profi table year for the forum.
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