David Brown gearbox upgrade
Inverkip Power Station, UK
Inverkip was Scotland's first oil-fired power station, with construction beginning in 1970. Consisting of two generating units, the plant was designed to produce 1900 mega-watts of electricity but, due to the cost of oil, it has rarely worked at full capacity, except during the 1984 miner's strike. It stopped generating electricity in the late 1980s. Within Inverkip power station the boiler feed pump package was therefore no longer being utilised.
Veolia Water is specialist in solution provision within the water and waste water industries.
Veolia Water had a contract to utilise the electric motor and gearbox from the pump at Inverkip power station, and install it into a new test bed in a factory in Scotland – this was to be utilised to test various types of pump.
In order to be installed into the new environment, the gearbox required a full overhaul and inspection. The gearbox OEM wasn’t interested.The solution
The unit was returned to Allen Gears factory where we stripped the unit and carried out a full inspection. A technical report was then produced to pass back to the customer and the gearbox was fully refurbished and then re-assembled.
We responded quickly and carried out the inspection in good time to ensure that the asset could be put back to work in its new environment within weeks.
||Change of application requiring full inspection and overhaul
||Weir Pumps Ltd manufacturing plant
||Electric motor driven boiler feed pump
||Parallel shaft gearbox
||Input: 4,150 rpm, Output: 2,650 rpm