Houghton wins contract at UK coal-to-biomass conversion

UK electro-mechanical engineering specialist Houghton International has secured a three-year motor maintenance and repair contract at Lynemouth power station in England.

The plant in Northumberland is currently being converted from coal to biomass. On completion, it will generate 420 MW of renewable energy.
Lynemouth power plant
Houghton International will be responsible for the ongoing repair and maintenance of all motors, generators and all electrical rotating equipment during the initial conversion and the operations of the site.

Michael Mitten, Houghton International chief executive, said: “We recently enhanced our capacity and testing facilities at our Newcastle-based site and this contract is testament to that investment. I’m confident we will add real value throughout the duration of the contract.”

Houghton has opened a large machine repair shop and invested over à‚£300,000 in plant and machinery over the past year to improve performance and keep up with demand. This includes new condition monitoring equipment, winding kit and energy efficient ovens to continue to improve the range of services it offers.

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