Merseyside hydraulics firm Yuken Europe has completed major upgrade work at a large UK power station.

Speke-based Yuken Europe has completed projects at Fiddlers Ferry Power Station, in Cuerdley near Widnes, in conjunction with Industrial Hydraulic Services (IHS). Work involved the upgrade and replacement of hydraulic valve systems within the site’s six cooling towers.

Japanese-owned Yuken designs and manufactures a broad range of high quality, durable hydraulic equipment including pumps and valves. Its technology is used across many different sectors and applications, playing a crucial role in the manufacturing process helping to generate, control and transmit power.

Project manager Dave Broom said Yuken’s latest work is helping to maintain vital power supply by keeping cooling towers at the coal fired station functioning efficiently.

“Yuken has designed and supplied bespoke self-contained hydraulic systems with combined electrical control,” he said. “Our hydraulic power pack regulates the opening of valves which control the flow of waste water into the cooling towers. The towers remove the heat and feed cool water back into the system. The hydraulics are fundamental to the control of the cooling towers which in turn ultimately ensure the safe and efficient operation of the entire power station. Yuken Europe and Industrial Hydraulic Services Limited have an agreement in place with SSE to provide ongoing maintenance for the systems to ensure their smooth operation.”

Fiddlers Ferry is operated by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and Yuken is working directly for Liverpool-based approved contractor IHS Limited.

“This is the latest in a long-running series of contracts we have carried out at Fiddlers Ferry on behalf of IHS Limited,” Mr Broom added. “SSE recognises the reliability and efficiency of the hydraulic valves and systems we have installed. These play an integral role in the operation of the power station which is a vital energy source for homes and business across the region.Projects such as this showcase the breadth of skills and knowledge Yuken can offer including design, installation and manufacture.”