SPG Selected for construction at Muskrat Falls
Custom, Versatile Approach Provides Cost Savings and Efficient Solution
MONTREAL (April, 2018) – The Special Projects Group (SPG), a division of Canadian-owned AGF Access Group, Inc., has been selected by Andritz Hydro as a key subcontractor for construction of the Muskrat Falls generation facility in Newfoundland and Labrador. Once constructed, it will be the second largest hydroelectric generating facility in Atlantic Canada. The Muskrat Falls project will produce 824-megawatts of long term clean, renewable energy.
SPG, in collaboration with Hydro Mobile, designed a solution utilizing access equipment for the assembly of four turbine-generators. The packaged solution includes two lots of equipment including 12 Hydro Mobile® electric P-series mast climbing work platforms for custom circular setups and four Winsafe® aluminum crossover bridging, along with the site training and supervision services. The equipment will be used by Andritz personnel to install stator windings and other accessories during construction of the new power plant located on the lower Churchill River.
SPG’s modular mast climbing solution allows versatility for the steel platform to move up and down, as well as the ability to expand and retract as the diameter changes from one hydro plant to another. The platforms serve as the base for plywood planking allowing a customizable circumference for access to the turbines.
“When using a traditional tailor-made steel platform, the contractor would typically use overhead cranes to move the platform during the building process, which is very cumbersome and time-consuming,” said Alex Di Domenico, General Manager, SPG. “Hydro-Mobile platforms are able to ascend and descend together via on-board electric drive systems providing a customizable access system for the turbine construction, on demand.”
Hydro Mobile P-series mast climbing portable units are suited for small jobs that require high capacity or in restrained areas where most platforms cannot fit. The motorized units offer a core capacity of over 8000 lbs, ideal for a multitude of industrial applications. The P-series are extremely portable while set up is both easy and quick.
“SPG has provided us with a fast and easy solution for the turbine construction. It’s a real benefit to us and makes the job come together much more quickly,” said Sébastien Projean, Installation Coordinator, Andritz Hydro.
“The Muskrat Falls Project is a great opportunity to provide our simplified and efficient access solutions,” said Di Domenico. “We are proud to contribute to this historical energy project.”
First power from the generation project is expected in 2019 with full power in 2020.
SPG, a division of AGF Access Group Inc., is uniquely positioned to offer the most complete range of access solutions under one roof. While providing cutting-edge technology, proven product excellence & personalized customer care, SPG combines innovation and ingenuity to meet and exceed project requirements. Find out more on www.agfspg.com
About Hydro Mobile
Hydro Mobile, a division of AGF Access Group Inc., designs and manufactures mast climbing work & transport platforms that contribute to creating hazard-free work environments offering increased worker safety and security. Find out more on www.hydro-mobile.com
About ANDRITZ HYDRO
ANDRITZ HYDRO is one of the leading global suppliers of electromechanical equipment for hydropower plants. With over 175 years of accumulated experience and more than 31,000 turbines installed, totaling approximately 430,000 megawatts output, the business area provides the complete range of products, including turbines, generators, and additional equipment of all types and sizes – “from water to wire” for small hydro applications to large hydropower plants with out-puts of more than 800 megawatts per turbine unit. ANDRITZ HYDRO is well positioned in the growing modernization, refurbishment, and upgrade market for existing hydropower plants. Pumps (for water transport, irrigation of agricultural land, and applications in various industries) and turbogenerators for thermal power plants are also allocated to the business area.