MMI Engineering, UK-based provider 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 – BOC Limited.

Contracted to supply a nitrogen (N2) 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.

Speaking about the contract, Andy Nelson, Senior Consultant at MMI said, “Having previously worked with BOC on similar projects at Immingham and Peel Ports, we are delighted to have secured this further contract to carry out our services on such a high-profile project.”

As part of the contract, MMI carried out pipe stressing of the Outside Battery Limits (OSBL) N2 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.

MMI proposed a range of modifications to help improve the performance of the pipework system and its supports to ensure its overall integrity.

Brian Pickering at BOC said, “Ultimate performance of our equipment is of paramount importance at BOC, and having worked extensively with MMI we know that they deliver the highest technical consulting support which means we are confident that our products fully comply with – if not exceed – industry standards.

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, Sulfur dioxide (SO2), dust and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, contributing to meeting the UK Government’s climate change targets.

Lynemouth power station

Lynemouth power station

Source: MMI Engineering