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On-site machining opportunities: 12 Power plant construction projects in North and South America

Posted by Alan Hillier on Mar 21, 2018 7:49:00 AM


Despite the growth in renewable energy projects, construction activity for building new fossil fuel and nuclear power plants continues in abundance. This is good news for machining services companies and contractors, large and small.  Using information sourced from the EIC (Energy and Industries Council), we’ve listed some projects which are either planned or already under construction in North and South Americas regions.

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Topics: power plant maintenance

On-site machining opportunities: Nuclear power plant project list

Posted by Alan Hillier on Feb 20, 2018 9:04:00 AM


Considering the negative media coverage over the past few years, you’d be forgiven for thinking that nuclear power is out of favour and is in a state of terminal decline. Whilst this may be the case in some countries, for many others, the ‘pros’ of reducing greenhouse gases and other emissions from fossil fuels outweighs the ‘cons’ of potential nuclear accidents.

This continued demand for new nuclear power plants combined with the need for decommissioning of older nuclear installations presents attractive on-site machining opportunities for contractors, large and small.  Using information sourced from the EIC (Energy and Industries Council), we’ve listed some sizeable nuclear power projects you may be interested in.

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Topics: nuclear decommissioning, power plant maintenance, flange facing

Insight for in-situ machinists: How a Francis turbine works 

Posted by Alan Hillier on Dec 20, 2017 8:38:00 AM


If you've worked on machining projects at power plants you may have heard of the Francis turbine. These are the most preferred type of turbine used in the hydro power sector. But how much do you really know about how they work?  The video above created by Learn Engineering does a great job in demonstrating the principles and workings behind this mainstay of the power generation industry. 

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Topics: power plant maintenance

Insight for line boring machinists: How a steam turbine works

Posted by Alan Hillier on Oct 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM


If you have used of any of the larger line boring machines we manufacture, there's a strong possibility that refurbishing steam turbines at power plants is something you've been involved in.

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Topics: power plant maintenance, line boring

Portable milling machine used for a turbine casing project

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 22, 2016 1:54:00 PM

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In our previous blog post we listed a number of in-situ machining projects relating to power plant maintenance. This time we take a look at one of these in more detail, to and cover the equipment used and the results achieved.

As part of a turbine refurbishment project, Mirage equipment was specified to machine the casing split lines back to the original specification.  A Mirage MR2200 2 axis milling rail was used and mounted onto a Mirage gantry system. Let’s take a look at these in more detail.

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Topics: On-site machining, power plant maintenance, turbine maintenance



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