SCX Special Projects’ expertise was called upon to refurbish a 25-tonne polar crane over the Dragon reactor at Winfrith Nuclear Power Station. The refurbishment would enable the crane to become a vital piece of equipment for decommissioning the facility, including the reactor itself.
The main challenge for SCX was to replace old equipment with new, while navigating the extremely
limited space over the reactor, with no other crane to utilise.
SCX performed a full refurbishment of the crane, including: a structural analysis of the original polar crane bridge; engineering and installing a replacement 25-tonne SWL crab unit; adding an auxiliary 5-tonne hoist; replacing the polar travel drives; and upgrading the entire EC&I system.
The upgrades have given Winfrith a long-term nuclear lifting and handling solution capable of fulfilling its decommissioning plans safely, reliably and efficiently.