Interesting challenge for Snetterton business

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 May 2011

Sinclair Stainless Fabrication in Snetterton move the 50 metre chimney for a power station in Yorkshire.

Sinclair Stainless Fabrication in Snetterton move the 50 metre chimney for a power station in Yorkshire.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

THE completion of an unusual contract resulted in a logistical challenge for one Norfolk company as it attempted to move the product hundreds of miles.

Sinclair Stainless Fabrication, based at Snetterton, yesterday began the process of transporting a 54 tonne, 40-metre-long, column to Ferrybridge Power Station in Yorkshire.

The product is a prototype aimed at absorbing carbon at the plant and was designed, manufactured and tested in Snetterton. It is the first of its kind in a bid to attempt to reduce green house gas emissions in power stations.

The column however required the very best minds to transport it from the Norfolk warehouse to the specially prepared lorry.

Both internal and external cranes were put in place and brickwork and cladding around the warehouse door removed. It will take between two and three days to reach its destination.

For sales and commercial director Jeff Sinclair the hard work was worth it however.

“I think we’re obviously very pleased we’ve been successful in securing the contract. Hopefully the technology is workable and it will be the first of many contracts we sign in the future.

“One of the things we strive to do here is to build relationships with both existing and new clients.”

The column is the last of seven pieces of equipment provided as part of a contract with Doosan Power Systems. Over the past six months an extra 12 members of staff were employed in addition to an existing team of 16.

The company was established 
at its Snetterton site by 
Mr Sinclair’s grandfather 
Albert Sinclair, who passed away 
four years ago.

Mr Sinclair added: “Over time we want to promote the engineering capabilities in the region 
and especially in Norfolk to show what we’re capable of.”

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