Pushing the boundaries. Prefabrication and innovation in Hydro making

this is a first for us and for a many a hydro. a sectional prefabricated intake weir for a a hydro.

this is a first for us and for a many a hydro at this scale. A sectional prefabricated intake weir for a a hydro.

The 100kw Hafod y Porth Hydro is now motoring. Most of the pipe is in place and just the last few sections to butt fuse. The Turbine building is emerging out of the ground with the slab and tail race in place. Today was a really big day for the intake weir. It all arrived on the back of an articulated lorry. Yes that’s right ‘arrived’ not ‘cast in situ’ which is what you would hear on this form of job. Alan of GH Jones has used his experience from the water and civil engineering work and transferred it to hydro. The advantages of cost, quality, time, mitigation work (no having to mix and work in sensitive places) are clear. The sections have been cast small enough to transfer up the mountain on a tracked dumper. Looking forward to seeing the the ‘bits’ go in. This will save weeks of wooden form-work and gambling with the weather.

and the Turbine…? Well that’s something really special and again pushing the boundaries. It will be a first in its own right. You guessed it more on this later!

The turbine building is now coming out of the ground. The base is ready to take to take the turbine and base. at this scale we may be able to precast many of the components before we get to site. One step at a time!

The turbine building is now coming out of the ground. The base is ready to take the turbine and generator. At this scale we may be able to precast many of the components before we get to site. One step at a time!

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