This company was formed in 1993 when the Reynolds family emigrated to Canada from the UK. Brian and Eileen Reynolds had previously owned a dry dock and ship repair yard in Wales, UK, which specialized in the replacement of engine room machinery with certified reconditioned units. The units would often be overhauled to Marine Class. The company also worked on land based industrial power installations. At peak project times the company employed around 60 people. Since settling in Canada and forming this company they have carried out many projects.
In 1998 Gavin began working for the family owned business. Having gained his Master Machinist qualification he continued to improve his skills as a machinist and took on more of the responsibility of running the workshop. Celtic Power & Machining was incorporated in 2003 with the intention of running the machine shop as a separate business but in 2007 the two companies were amalgamated to simplify operations.
For several years Celtic became involved in alternative fuels and developed a biodiesel processor which attracted a lot of attention. Our workshop was visited by many interested parties on a weekly basis, wanting to know more about biodiesel processing. The processor we built worked well but since we didn’t want to become fuel producers we sold the unit and focused our attentions on the machine shop and the business of buying, selling and relocating power generation equipment.
Install and Commission 7Mw Colt Pielstick Generators at BELCO Power Station in Hamilton, Bermuda.
Special arrangements had to be made to move the engines and due to their size some roads had to be closed. At the power plant a special opening was made in the wall to accept the new generators and a ramp was constructed to lift the engines up to the floor level of the power plant to allow the engines to be moved in through the wall.
Dismantling and Shipping of 75Mw Power Plant, Port Hedland, Western Australia.
We were contracted to inspect a 75Mw power plant at Port Hedland, Western Australia, to check condition and establish costs to dismantle the equipment and move it to Veracruz, Mexico. Based on our report our client decided to go ahead with the purchase and requested that we negotiate the purchase on their behalf. The entire plant was purchased and we were contracted to plan and oversee the dismantling, using local contract labour.
The eight units were removed and transported 12 miles by road to the port, where all the equipment was stored prior to loading aboard a heavy lift ship. The ship was capable of moving the complete load, which totalled 3800 tons and was loaded in 40 hours. The contract included working with the shipping company to coordinate loading of the vessel within the narrow time-frame and complying with the Captain’s loading plan. The project was completed two weeks ahead of schedule and within budget.
Dismantling and Shipping of Enterprise 7Mw Power Plant from Lehi, Utah.
During the summer of 2000 we inspected a power plant in Salt Lake City, Utah and provided a condition report to Cumberland Municipal Utility in Wisconsin. We were subsequently contracted to dismantle and move the complete installation to Cumberland for reinstallation.
The plant was originally used to provide power to a greenhouse complex; the new installation was to provide power for the grid system. The complete power plant, consisting of two Enterprise units, all ancillaries and computer controls were carefully removed and labeled. The engines were loaded onto rail cars for transport to Wisconsin; the remainder of the equipment was moved by road.
Dismantling and Removal of Brown Boveri Peak Loading Gas Turbine Generator from Manitoba Hydro, Selkirk, Manitoba.
We inspected a Pratt & Whitney gas turbine on behalf of clients, provided them with a condition report and negotiated the purchase of the unit. We were then contracted to dismantle the unit and removed it from the power station site at Selkirk, Manitoba. This involved dismantling the unit into several components for transportation by road.
There was no crane available to lift the heaviest component of the gas turbine which weighed 70 tons, so this section was manually jacked up onto slide rails and then moved across onto the trailer.
The entire unit was dismantled and loaded to transport within a period of 8 days. The temperature at this time dropped to -25°c.
Installation and Commissioning of 4 MAN Power Generators on Barge II, Veracruz, Mexico.
We were contracted to install four generating sets into a Power Barge, berthed in Veracruz, Mexico. These were four of the eight generating sets that we removed from the power plant at Port Hedland in Australia. The heavy lift ship Envoyager owned by Mammoet was chartered to move all the equipment from Australia to Mexico. The engines were installed using the transport frames (which we constructed in Australia) as the base-frame for mounting. New alternators were installed for this application and these were aligned precisely with the engines before the complete generating unit was secured with resin. The pipework infrastructure to the generating units was reconstructed using materials removed from the original installation in Australia. The cooling system was mounted on top of the barge and fuel storage is located in the hull.
Dismantling and Removal of 18Mw Power Plant, Punxsutawney, Philadelphia.
In the summer of 2002 our company was contracted to move an 18Mw Wartsila power plant from Punxsutawney, PA to Soyapango, El Slavador. The power plant consisted of 3 Wartsila 18V32 Wartsila Vasa dual fuel generating sets with heat recovery boilers and a 1.5Mw steam turbine.
This combined heat and power plant originally provided up to 18Mw of power into the grid system and also provided heat for 10 acres of greenhouses. Each unit was moved complete to reduce cost and installation time. All apertures were sealed for the journey by road and sea freight to Acajutla, El Salvador. The units were moved by road from the site to the sea port. Due to road restrictions in Pennsylvania special road trailers were assembled to spread the load. The total load was over 200 tons and 230 ft long. Dismantling and loading was completed within 6 weeks.
Dismantling of Boiler Plant at Brandon General Hospital, Brandon, Manitoba.
This project was to dismantle and remove 3 package boilers, a standby power plant, and an air conditioning plant. Initially we were asked to look at removing just the boilers from the building and to dispose of them as part of a project to upgrade the plant when a new extension was built onto the hospital. After inspecting the boiler room, we found the boilers were in good condition, as was the power plant. We offered to market the boilers, as well as the power plant and other equipment. We did this and were successful in selling all of the equipment. This resulted in changing the overall project from a cost to dismantle and dispose of equipment, to a situation where the entire plant was dismantled, the buildings cleared and the surplus equipment sold to cover costs.
Dismantling Husky Energy Ethanol Plant, Minnedosa, Manitoba.
After successfully negotiating the sale of this plant, we began the task of disassembling the entire plant ready for it’s relocation. The plant was to be re-erected in a new location that required it to be carefully catalogued for reconstruction with minimum changes from the original configuration.
Every component was numbered, catalogued and barcoded as it was removed and these numbers were transposed onto the original site drawings showing the location of the item. The barcodes were recorded in a database which was digitally linked to copies of the requisite location photos, machinery manuals and any other notations relating to the item. All structural steel was treated in the same manner and identified to drawings so that reassembly would be a simple matter of locating the number members required.
Where operational modifications had deviated from the original plant drawings, new drawings were drafted on site to reflect the changes made and the components involved in that modification. The plant was dismantled and the site cleared to concrete level in less than 5 months.