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With the assistance of ABFAD of Tyne and Wear, E.ON has reduced the carbon footprint and running costs of its four gas-fired power stations at Connah’s Quay, north Wales.

The carbon footprint has been reduced by 246 tonnes per week and cost savings of GBP640,000 per year have been made on the four stations as a direct result of pre-heater condensate tube blasting in the boilers, using ABFAD’s surveying, grit blasting and clean-up services, with results as shown in the images of pre-heater tubes before and after blasting.

As well as pre-heater tube blasting using a fairly aggressive medium, ABFAD conducted more delicate blasting of the condenser itself inside the turbine using a more refined blast medium.

Sean White, E.ON’s site engineer responsible at Connah’s Quay, said: ‘We would like to thank ABFAD for the efficient and completely contamination-free cleaning of our large condenser.’ White specialises in engineering services to the construction, power, oil and gas and chemical industries, including abseiling rope access repair, maintenance and construction services, as well as storage tank blasting and coating services to extend tank life and prevent leaks for the chemical and petroleum industries.

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