Collett & Sons, a global professional partner for heavy transport & haulage logistics throughout the UK and Europe, have successfully delivered two 160Te inlet valves to Dinorwig hydro-power station as part of the essential upgrade scheme.
Working on behalf of Rhenus Project Logistics, the Collett Team has completed the first two deliveries of the project, a significant accomplishment marking a crucial milestone in the ongoing upgrade project.
The upgrade scheme is aimed at extending the power station’s operational lifespan for the decades ahead.
A total of six valves will be delivered to complete the project, with each valve weighing 160Te and measuring 5.3m(L) x 4.7m(W) x 3.7m(H).
Prior to deliveries, meticulous preliminary works were completed by Collett dedicated Project Management and Consulting departments. This included Swept Path Analysis (SPA) reports, lashing calculations and plans, stability calculations, as well as a comprehensive test run and route studies.
During the test run, a load replicating the exact size and shape of the valves was constructed to ensure safe transportation.
The first two inlet valves arrived at the Port of Penrhyn, located East of Bangor, North Wales. Working under CPA Contract Lift Conditions, Collett team discharged both valves from the vessel using an 800Te mobile crane.
Ensuring secure transport, each valve was carefully lashed onto two 10-axle modular trailers.
The journey from the port to Dinorwig Hydro-Electric Power Station encompassed approximately 12 miles, with a travelling time of 3 hours.
Throughout the transport, a comprehensive support system was in place, including full police escorts and Collett in-house escort vehicles. The loaded trailers were accompanied by three 8×4 ballasted tractor units, two primary and one in support. Special Order BE16 Permits were obtained by Collett Permit Team to facilitate the move.
Upon arrival at the power station, the two main inlet valves were directly transported to a designated storage area and lowered onto stools. After later preparation, the valves were transported into the mountain and offloaded by overhead gantry cranes.
Dinorwig Hydro-Electric Power Station, located near Llanberis in the Snowdonia National Park, is the largest pumped hydroelectric storage facility in the UK. With a maximum power supply of 1,728MW and a storage capacity of approximately 10GWh, the station efficiently manages water between the Marchlyn Mawr reservoir and the Llyn Peris Lake to generate power as needed.