One of the UK’s leading providers of technical consulting and engineering services has been awarded – and has already successfully delivered – a contract to undertake pipework integrity checks at the Port of Tyne & Lynemouth Power Station working for the UK and Ireland’s largest supplier of industrial gases and related equipment.
Headquartered in Warrington, and with offices across the globe including Perth, Houston and Aberdeen, MMI Engineering carried out its leading consulting services on behalf of BOC Limited (BOC).
Contracted to supply a nitrogen deluge fire suppression system for three biomass silos at the Port of Tyne Biomass Facility – to support the Lynemouth coal-to biomass fuel conversion - BOC required comprehensive analysis of its equipment supply to confirm its code compliance and ensure pipework integrity.
As part of the contract, MMI carried out pipe stressing of the Outside Battery Limits (OSBL) nitrogen supply pipework to assess the suitability under a range of design conditions determined within the parameters provided by BOC. The company utilised the latest industry accepted software – CAESAR II – to carry out design checks of the pipework and assess the imposed pipe reactions.
Through a combination of geometrically representative models and a series of hand calculations to confirm the adequacy of the equipment, MMI proposed a range of modifications to help improve the performance of the pipework system and its supports to ensure its overall integrity.
Located in the Northumberland coastal community of Lynemouth, the conversion project of the plant is expected to be completed in early 2018. This will see a reduction in NOx, SO2, dust and CO2 emissions, contributing to meeting the UK Government’s climate change targets.