Drax Hydro Limited



Early consultation with neighbours and local landowners resulted in good community relations. Project team support neighbours in carrying out repair works to their car parks driveway and garden.

Coming up with a viable option that will accelerate the works, eliminate any environmental impact to the watercourse and reduce the number of personnel exposures by the application of spray concrete (shotcrete) on deep voiding identified on the plunge pool East and West walls.


Project team developing a scope definition strategy and timely completion optimisation plan led to project staying on programme and within budget.

Management of unforeseen changes was proactive, resulting in additional works not affecting original completion date. Construction works progressing at work site during detailed Engineering design period.

Implementing project improvement initiatives by extending work hours, starting weekend works (Saturday and Sunday).

The project to repair works to plunge pool area at Drax’s hydro-electricity generation plant involved:

  • Site Establishment and Set-Up
  • Installation of rope access system
  • De-vegetation and cleaning works on plunge pool and spillway walls
  • Design and installation of pumping system to de-water the plunge pool
  • Fish rescue of the plunge pool
  • Conduct Investigation of the extent of voiding behind the concrete block and concrete walls
  • Conduct close visual inspection to identify defects on plunge pool and spillway walls
  • Carry out voiding repairs on plunge pool East and West walls – concrete spray application (shotcrete works)
  • Carry out defect repair works (concrete and masonry) on plunge pool East and West walls
  • Carry out defect repair works on spillway

Our project team worked in close collaboration with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Galloway Fisheries Trust during the plunge pool draining and concrete spray application works.

Consent restrictions were agreed allowing the project to complete successfully within the permitted time window. This ensured the works had no adverse effect on the fishes and the entire environment.


defects repairs completed per defects schedule


manhours achieved without any lost time injury (zero LTI)

holding volume of 6.8million litres

complete de-watering of plunge pool


Story Contracting’s project team worked diligently and safely on site at Tongland Hydro Power Station. The work carried out is good quality, to budget, and within the timescales set.

Paul Tannock, Civil Engineer


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