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Local Firm Plugs into Renewable Energy Project

19 July 2013

A local firm has played an important role in the ongoing construction of a £multi-million biomass storage facility that is set to house thousands of tonnes of eco-friendly fuel.

Heywood-based Pillar Wedge, part of Wedge Group Galvanizing, has galvanized more than 1200 tonnes of steel on behalf of Warrington-based Total Steelwork & Fabrications Ltd as part of a new biomass storage and transfer facility for one of the UK’s biggest utility suppliers, situated at the Liverpool Docks.

The new facility, which is currently under construction on the coal site depot in Bootle, Liverpool, has seen Pillar Wedge galvanize 865 tonnes of steel for the main building,  which was 170m long by  75m wide and a 35m high portal frame, as well as a further 440 tonnes for the transfer towers, secondary steel, trestles and rail loading facilities.

It will take delivery of thousands of tonnes of wood pellet biomass for co-firing the supplier’s plants nationwide, and the fuel will be taken from the ships and relayed via a series of conveyors into the new bulk storage facility and afterwards, using conveyors, loaded onto trains for transportation across the country.

Mike Davies, General Manager at Pillar Wedge, said: “We were delighted to assist our long-standing client, Total Steelwork & Fabrications, on a project of this scale. The new facility is just another example of large energy corporations playing an active role in sourcing renewable fuels, so we were proud to be a part of the project.”
Liam Pilkington, Contracts Manager at Total Steelwork & Fabrications, said: “Pillar Wedge is always our first point of call for all of our galvanizing needs. Their service is highly professional and we can always rely upon the team to deliver a superb service. For this project in particular, it was essential that the steel was galvanized due to the corrosive marine environment and being in an exposed location.
Galvanising the structures ensures the longevity of the steelwork and therefore relinquishes the need for maintenance and repairs.”

Wedge Group Galvanizing is the largest hot dip galvanizing organisation in the UK with a history dating back over 150 years.  With 14 plants strategically placed across the country, the firm offers a truly national galvanizing service. 

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