Britain still has 14 power stations powered by fossil fuels and 9 nuclear installations.
Hotchkiss Engineers have been involved in machining projects for Kent-based customers including SSE - gas powered plant in Medway, Dungeness nuclear Power Station, and GASE.
We were contacted recently by SSE - Medway Power in Rochester - when the stack damper shut down. This 20m valve closes on top of the power station chimney to keep the warmth in during the winter and now required machining of the shafts using our CNC lathe. The shafts were 450mm outside diameter x 450mm to 6m long, and being high accuracy they required careful machining. During the project we were informed that the power station parts are from the USA - as a result we at Hotchkiss Engineers are now looking at supplying OEM parts directly to them.
You can download our Power Stations information sheet here.