SENIOR directors from Siemens AG, the global engineering and technology services company, visited Drax Power Station last week as part of celebrations to mark the end of the massive £100 million turbine upgrade project which has taken five years to complete.
Dorothy Thompson, Drax chief executive, and the company’s production director, Peter Emery, welcomed a group led by Willi Meixner, head of Siemens’ Service Fossil operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, who travelled from Germany, and the managing director of Siemens Energy Sector UK and North West Europe, Matthew Chinn.
They were joined by teams of engineers from Drax and Siemens who have worked on the project, the largest steam turbine modernisation in UK history.
Guests at the celebrations received a commemorative book including a time-lapse film of the last turbine replacement which condenses 55 days’ work into five minutes.
Dorothy Thompson (right with Siemens AG directors) said: “As the UK’s largest coal-fired power station, we take our responsibility to cut carbon emissions seriously. This year we have reached a significant milestone in our continued efforts to do that and this is due to our excellent collaborative relationship with Siemens in Newcastle and Germany.”
She added: “Our turbines are amongst the most efficient in the world and I’m delighted that representatives from Drax and Siemens that have led and delivered this project are here today to celebrate and share in this achievement.”
Matthew Chinn said: “Siemens is a world leader in environmental technologies and helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals is a major focus of our work. We are delighted to have worked with Drax on this key project, which has achieved such major reductions in carbon emissions and radically increased plant efficiency.
The turbine upgrade enables Drax to reduce its emissions of carbon dioxide by one million tonnes a year, equivalent to taking 275,000 cars off the road. It has increased the overall efficiency of the power station to almost 40 per cent.
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