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Redcar Steel Works, Cleveland (UK)

Redcar Steel Works - Mechanical Access

Large amount of pipework, tanks and other obstacles at the base of the gas holder


Steel giant Corus produced 3.5 million tonnes of steel at its 3,000 acre Redcar site every year and in the process consumed high quantities of gas to fuel its furnaces. A crucial link in the production cycle, the gas holder needed to be periodically refurbished. We were asked to devise an access solution to allow grit blasting, panel replacement and re-painting of the steel clad structure.


Working with specialist fabricator SBV Fabrications, we installed 11 MASTCLIMBERS ™. To access the 22 flat faces of the gas holder, single-masted platforms were erected against each alternate face and then re-erected on the remaining faces to complete the refurbishment.


Installation of the platforms was complicated by the presence of a large amount of pipework, tanks and other obstacles at the base of the gas holder. To overcome this, a 7 metre steel bridging structure was designed to transfer the weight of the masts to the ground. We also designed a special H-bracket to tie the MASTCLIMBERS onto the gas holder without damaging the structure.

This is one of a number of term maintenance contracts which involves call outs and shut downs either planned or emergency.

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