As a company we enjoy taking study trips in different parts of Denmark and the rest of the world. Last Friday we hopped on a plane to the UK to visit several of our own projects, and to learn from others on the way. We started our trip at the BWSC construction site for the Snetterton renewable energy plant. We were greeted by the resident project manager Lars Plechinger, who had agreed to take some time out of his busy schedule to show us around.
Krabbenhøft & Ingolfsson is responsible for the the complete steel design of the power plant buildings (more than 1000 t. main steel) as well as the structural design of the steam turbine foundation, and there were of course many questions for Lars and the other people working on the construction.
A small part of the construction was still open, giving a very interesting view from both the outside and inside.
From the inside of the Snetterton power plant, we had a great view of the surroundings.
The largest building, the straw barn, is split down the middle, creating two fireproof partitions for storage.
The large cranes hanging from the ceiling can lift 12 straw bales at a time.
Even thought the power plant is not yet finished, we still got to see the burning straw in the boiler.
The turbine foundation looked even more impressive in real life. The most challenging part of the design, was meeting the very strict supplier criteria for allowable response velocity from FRF analysis.
The image above shows the foundation at a much earlier stage in the construction for comparison.
Mohammad, who was one of the engineers on the project, of course had to check the quality of the construction.
We could barely contain our excitement when seeing this project – in fact Lars had a pretty hard time dragging us away from each little detail in order to see everything. We are very thankful for his time and his patience! We had an amazing visit thanks to him and the other people from BWSC.
Also read about our visit to the T-Pylon and Tomahawk, Allied Insulators and Goodwin Steel Castings.