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Siemens Energy, Drax and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums are collaborating to showcase a steam turbine from the Drax Power Station in Selby, North Yorkshire.

Weighing 25 tonnes, the steam turbine is part of the UK’s historic first 660MW steam-turbine generating sets.

As part of the multi-million pound contract with Drax, Siemens is helping to cut the station’s CO2 emissions by five per cent – or one million tonnes a year – the equivalent of taking more than a quarter of a million cars off the road.

Replacing the station’s high and low-pressure turbines will take its overall efficiency close to 40 per cent and represents the largest steam-turbine modernisation project in UK history.

Dating back to 1967, the 660MW high-speed (3,000revs/min) turbine generators were designed and built by Parsons before Siemens acquired the business in 1997.

Drax was the first power station to commission 660MW sets in the UK.

Siemens is working closely with Drax to dismantle, transport, create display rigs, install the turbine parts and provide labour and engineering advice throughout the project.

The original design and manufacturing records for the units have also been preserved and Siemens’ engineering employees will design the drive shaft of a large bladed wheel.

The transportation of the turbines was a logistical challenge involving riggers and cranes for unloading and positioning after being dismantled and placed onto pallets.

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