Monumental Maintenance: revision of a hunderd year old steam engine
Stork succesfully finished the revision of a hunderd year old steam engine, part of the UNESCO world heritage list. When we talk about long term asset integrity partnership, we proudly refer to our work done for the Ir D.F. Woudegemaal in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands. Opened in 1920, this pumping station is the largest steam-driven installation in the world that is still in use.
Even today the monumental pumping station ensures that the people of this northern Dutch province keep their feet dry during high water. When that happens, four Stork steam engines pump up over six million litres of water per minute into the IJsselmeer.
Stork installed these engines and pumps in 1955 and they are still in perfect condition today. In fact, we recently calibrated the axes again when we disassembled the bearings for repair. The fact that the Pumping station should be 24/7 available during the wet wintermonths made it a challenge to finalise the revision in a few months. All 7 bearings were assembled, inspected and revised.
After completion this maintenance made sure that Friesland stays dry for many years to come….
You can watch a video of the renovation here:
Also read more about this monument on the UNESCO heritage list.