Customer: Doosan Babcock – A world leading provider of clean, efficient, flexible and integrated power solutions.
Equipment to be moved: Power station fan casings
Special requirements: Due to the out of gauge nature of some of the pieces of equipment it was necessary for Merritts to arrange police escorts to provide the required road assistance and closures to ensure safe delivery of the equipment over the 26 mile route.
Storage Requirements: In 2010 Merritts were contracted by Doosan Babcock Ltd to store over 150 pieces of power plant equipment until they were required for installation at Radcliffe-on-Soar power station. The items were of varying sizes with some weighing up to 40 tonnes, some reaching as much as 4.8 metres in width while more sensitive items had to have regular maintenance and a permanent power supply to maintain correct temperature, humidity and performance, as instructed by the manufacturer. Due to the amount and varied nature of the equipment it was important to have a solid warehouse management system in place to ensure inventories could be carried out; therefore reducing the time needed to locate specific items.
Movement and Abnormal Load Transport Requirements: Working to a tight schedule, Merritts had to work quickly to make sure all equipment was loaded in time for the arrival of the police escorts. Items were removed from inside our warehouses by the utilisation of Versalift technology and following a pre-arranged loading plan, the Versalifts carefully manoeuvred the items into place on to 4 flatbed trailers which were then lashed down securely to meet safe transportation standards. Once the trailers were ready and the police escorts had arrived, onward transit was made from Merritts’ headquarters in North Nottinghamshire to the A38 and then onto the M1 southbound via junction 28. Following a safe 40mph speed limit, the police escorts were well experienced in both maintaining positions in front and behind our trailers, as well as ensuring all slip roads were blocked until we had passed them safely. The police routed our vehicles via junction 24 and the A453 and we were required to wait safely at the junction whilst the police arranged the full closure of the 2 mile section of the A453 leading to the power station. This was completed swiftly with minimal impact to traffic. Our trailers were then left on site overnight; ready to be unloaded by others the following working day in accordance with the customers’ requirements.