Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has completed a specialist services contract at Drax Power Station, England’s newest coal-fired power station which is converting to biomass to become ‘cleaner’ for the environment.

Drax has a 2.6 GW capacity for biomass and 1.29 GW capacity for coal. Situated on the River Ouse between Selby and Goole, it provides about 6% of the UK’s electricity supply. In February 2020 it was announced that Drax would stop burning coal by early 2021, in accordance with the government’s 2025 deadline to ban all coal-fired electricity in the United Kingdom.

Engineers from PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd (Steeplejacks Division) were assigned to carry out an inspection of a 400-feet-high cooling tower at the power station, with subsequent repairs to its concrete shell. Access was gained via ladders and work cradles.

PTSG has carried out a large amount of work for clients in the energy sector, having recently worked with BP, Drax power station and Lynemouth power station. PTSG’s engineers are able to carry out various specialist high-level works without disrupting the live environment of these high-risk sites, allowing work to be carried out safely and efficiently.

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