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Making some elbow room…

A giant crane has dominated the skyline around Chapelcross Site, as part of the project to remove the site’s former heat exchangers.

The 12-tonne crane, which was the largest on site since construction in the late 1950’s, took three days to construct and helped in the removal of the top ducts and elbows of the heat exchangers.

The crane was accompanied by a convoy of support vehicles, carrying ballast weights and the jib extension – and ensuring all the vehicles and equipment made it onto site was a logistical challenge in itself.

As part of ongoing decommissioning at Chapelcross, the project is stripping all sixteen, 100-foot-tall heat exchangers of their external steelwork.

Chapelcross Site Closure Director, John Grierson, said: “This is a very visible example of the excellent progress that is being made in decommissioning the site with our supply chain partners.”

Principal contractor for the project, Hertel, started work in 2015 and completion is currently scheduled for January 2018.

Dave Green, Chapelcross Heat Exchanger Decommissioning Project Manager, said: “Hertel and their sub-contractor Mammoet Cranes have brought a lot of previous experience to this project and have performed very well on site, resulting in the project being carried out safely and to programme.”