“The COVID pandemic presented a number of challenges for the commissioning process as it was impossible to send personnel from Sweden,” explained Björn Ohlsson, Contract Manager, Bruks Siwertell. “We had to get creative, developing a unique set-up that saw our local personnel carry out the commissioning and performance tests with remote support from Sweden.
“The whole process required us to be very flexible, not only with our approach, but also with our working hours. The result is two shipunloaders that are meeting their new owner’s expectations,” Ohlsson added.
The new unloaders secure the delivery of fuel to a two-unit 1000 MW power plant development. Siwertell screw-type shipunloaders are designed to handle coal and other dry bulk materials in the most environmentally-friendly way possible, with totally enclosed conveying lines from start to finish, providing an operation free from spillage, and reducing dust emissions to a minimum.
“The proven performance of Siwertell unloaders was an important element in them being selected for this new development,” commented Ohlsson. “Our technology is also much lower in weight than any equivalent capacity equipment, which minimised the load on the jetty, delivering significant cost savings in jetty construction.”
In addition to their low weight, the Siwertell shipunloaders deliver market-leading through-ship capacities, which minimise berth occupancy. These new units are rail-mounted and offer a continuous rated coal handling capacity of 1800 tph, with a peak capacity of 2000 tph, discharging vessels of up to 100 000 DWT.