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The Richard Alan Group has secured a major order worth over £1/2 million for machining precision parts for hydraulic rams that are to be used for a maintenance project on the Guri Dam in Venezuela, the second largest hydro electric facility in the world.
The order has been won from Mabey Support Systems Limited based in Lancashire; it is part of a larger multi-million pound contract for equipment to undertake major maintenance on the Guri Dam. The Dam took over 20 years to build, finally being completed in 1986.
At 1300 metres long and 162 m high, the Guri Dam is the eighth largest in terms of water retained, and second largest in terms of hydro-electric output. Its importance can be judged from the fact  that it provides 87 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity (70% of Venezuela’s total requirement) and saves the country 300,000 barrels of oil a day.
Richard Alan’s role in the prestigious project to maintain the dam is to machine and supply 348 finished assemblies of 260mm bore for use on hydraulic jacks (or rams) these rams will support the walls during routine maintenance work. To ensure that the walls are secure, the 20 vertical shafts between the dam walls, which are normally flooded, need to be drained, this is a demanding and arduous procedure involving the use of divers to insert the hydraulic jacks at various levels in the shafts. Demanding, because  the divers will be working in extreme and dangerous conditions and depths, and arduous, due to the requirement to accurately position such large jacks at a variety of levels within the dam structure.                            
 “We are delighted that Mabey Support Systems have recognised the quality and precision of our machining facilities with this highly prestigious order,” said Richard Alan Group, Sales Director, Edward Jennings. “We regularly manufacture precision components for some of the best known names in the fields of process and general engineering, but this is the first time we have been called upon to provide components for such a critical task. In addition to our quality and ability to deliver on time, this order is also vindication of our continuous investment strategy in the latest generation of equipment; only last month we took delivery of a new Puma 400 CNC Lathe and a CNC co-ordinate measuring machine with a joint value of over £127,000.00

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