When Hatfield Site Services were awarded the contract to manage the vast landfill site at what is the UK’s last remaining coal fired power station in the East Midlands, they had no hesitation in acquiring another four new Case wheel loaders from long established distributors Warwick Ward to carry out the work.
The Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottingham, owned by international energy company Uniper, is expected to close in October 2024 in line with government policy to end coal-fired power generation. However, there are ambitious plans for the site, with planning permission that could fast-track new investment, green industry and business projects and potentially create thousands of permanent highly-skilled jobs.
The local borough council regards the power station as an iconic landmark in Rushcliffe and the East Midlands and says it is vital it continues to be a site of national importance. There are major redevelopment plans in the pipeline which could see it become a zero-carbon technology and energy centre. It would also be a hub for research, development, and innovation, through links with universities, business support organisations and established industry.
Neil Clarke, Conservative leader of the council, said: “The possible range of modern manufacturing and research uses on the redeveloped site, still subject to independent planning processes, is hugely exciting. We look forward to working together with Uniper and the relevant partners of the East Midlands Freeport and Development Corporation on projects to realise the vision of the site with international investment that could create an estimated 7,000 jobs.”
When we recently visited the site at the power station there were a number of Case wheel loaders working there, including the four new machines – two Case 1012Gs and two Case 1121Gs. This underlines just how favoured the Case brand is by Hatfield Site Services.
“The Roy Hatfield Group and Warwick Ward have a 50-year-old relationship and our Site Services Business has used Case machines on previous contracts where they quickly proved their worth. Therefore, we could see no reason why not to invest in these new wheel loaders,” comments Hatfield Site Services’ Business Development Director Gavin Longley.
Roy Hatfield established the business in 1972 with a single wagon collecting industrial by-products from the steelworks in and around South Yorkshire. He quickly gained a reputation for trust and integrity for the materials and services he provided. As a result, he was asked to look at various other troublesome waste streams in a variety of industries and the business grew from there. The business’ roots were always in the sustainable use of resources long before the concept became so important as it is today.
The business is now in its second generation, with Roy’s two sons Mark and Grant directing the growth and development of the business. It has expanded significantly over the last decade and it continues to expand its range of services and products.
“We were awarded the contract at the power station in April 2023 to manage the site where Pulverised Fuel Ash (PFA) is produced from the combustion of coal and is deposited and processed,” says Gavin Longley. The new machines are being deployed to handle the material which is screened, depending on which market it is going into. It is commonly used as a shale replacement in cement manufacture, as a component in lightweight blocks, or as a fill material in ground stabilisation projects.
“Once it is screened accordingly, the fuel ash is then loaded on to trucks by our two new Case 1121G machines and delivered to Uniper’s customers,” adds Gavin. “We had these machines fitted with high tip buckets which carry out the task much quicker, safer and more efficient.”
“They have been reliable, and we are finding fuel economy to be
very good. Our operators love them…”
The Case 1121G are powered by an FPT Cursor 9 engine with up to 347 hp. Designed to withstand up to 17,420 kg of full turn tipping load, they are proving to be the perfect workhorse on the site, as are the Case 1021G wheel loaders which are also powered by an FPT engine, with up to 318hp.
“All four new Case machines have been on site for more than four months now and have been working very well. They have been reliable, and we are finding fuel economy to be very good. Our operators love them.”
That’s perhaps not surprising considering the Case G-Series cab provides the operator with outstanding comfort and visibility. At the driver’s disposal is a touchscreen display that allows them to get full control of all the machine functions and settings. There are additional features specifically designed to enhance the driver’s experience such as electro-hydraulic controls adjustability settings, a choice of power modes, and easy and intuitive navigation, with three configurable buttons located close to the loader control. On each button, the operator can easily configure the most frequently used screens and make them immediately appear on the display just pressing the associated button.
“Pre-sale support from Warwick Ward was excellent,” says Gavin. “We spent a lot of time getting the spec exactly how we wanted the machines, making sure the buckets were what we needed and that all the necessary safety features were in place. The machines were also supplied with full R&M packages, giving us peace of mind and confidence knowing what our monthly outgoing costs are fixed going forward, so we don’t expect any nasty surprises.”
The Roy Hatfield Group have had a 50-year long business relationship with Warwick Ward – both companies were established at around the same time – and adds Gavin: “We have always found their service and support to be second to none, really good, and we look forward to working with Warwick Ward on future contracts.”