Rotork intelligent valve actuators took centre stage at the recent official opening of a new skills and maintenance training centre at the British Energy Heysham power station. Local MP Geraldine Smith, who praised British Energy for its commitment to training and investment in staff at all levels, opened the million pound investment at Heysham. The new facility will give individual workshop and classroom training for maintenance and engineering personnel at Heysham 1 and 2 stations, provided by a dedicated training team. As an integral part of the facility, Rotork is supplying valve actuator training rigs to enable key skills such as valve commissioning, maintenance and fault finding to be practiced. To assist in the management of all of its valve actuator assets, British Energy has a framework agreement with Rotork’s specialist maintenance, repair, upgrade and technical support company Exeeco. Within the terms of the framework agreement Exeeco is supplying Rotork actuator training rigs for British Energy power stations at Hartlepool, Torness and Dungeness in addition to Heysham. For the opening ceremony at Heysham, Exeeco will also set up a working product demonstration stand, enabling guests including Geraldine Smith to get “hands on” experience of Rotork’s multi-task actuator technologies.