Metalock engineers evaluated what was required, took the measurements they needed enabling them to purpose design a boring bar arrangement complete with supports. To ensure accuracy of their figures they also visited Alstom Power in Aberdeen where there was an identical gearbox. Satisfied that their tooling could set up to accurately in-line bore the housing to the tight tolerances required, Metalock began the task. Following the boring, a sleeve and new bearing were fitted. The pump was then reassembled.
Commenting on the Metalock operation Stan Wood, contract maintenance engineer for Shell Expro on North Cormorant was full of praise for the attention to detail paid by Metalock engineers in carrying out their ‘rescue’. “They knew that alignment was critical to the efficient operation of the gearbox and confirmation of their on-site measurements using an identical gearbox onshore illustrated their professional approach”, he added. The pump has now been running for over six months without problems.