px operates and maintains Fellside CHP plant, which provides critical process steam to Sellafield nuclear reprocessing facility and exports electricity to Sellafield and the National Grid. We also operate and maintain the 10km high hazard pipeline, the main fuel supply to site.
at a glance:
- 188MW combined heat and power plant
- Critical steam host
- Provides process steam to Sellafield nuclear reprocessing facility
- Exports electricity to Sellafield and National Grid
- Operated and maintained by px group since 2004
- Transferred 60 members of staff from incumbent O&M provider to px group
- Awarded RoSPA President’s Award for consistently high safety standards
client: Sellafield Ltd
location: Cumbria, UK
Fellside CHP was built in 1993. It is made up of three GE Frame 6581B gas turbines which run on either natural gas or distillate.
px took over the operation and maintenance contract for Fellside CHP in 2004, managing the teams at the plant. As well as the main CHP plant we operate and maintain the 10km high hazard pipeline which provides the main fuel supply to site.
A vital part of the O&M contract was to retain the 60 staff on site, which were employed by the previous provider. We successfully transferred them to px, ensuring that existing skills and site knowledge were retained.
We continue to work with Fellside CHP’s owners to update and improve the plant, and our engineering services team is working closely with O&M to ensure that solutions are focused on optimising plant performance and minimising fuel consumption.
Since 2004 we have managed a series of major outages designed to improve asset integrity. We’ve developed a number of tools to monitor plant performance, enabling the site team to analyse different operating regimes, adapt operation to reduce fuel consumption and prioritise plant maintenance.
In 2010 we were awarded the prestigious President’s Award from RoSPA in recognition of Fellside CHP’s consistently high safety standards.