Electrical Contracting News (ECN) April 2017 - Page 16

CONTRACT NEWS

CONTRACT NEWS

A TALL ORDER
Marco has made a journey into the wilderness with its latest project specification , supplying products as part of a refurbishment at the giraffe enclosure at Woburn Safari Park .
The animals ’ sleeping quarters , part of Giraffe Junction , are enjoying an overhaul and a new electrical installation has formed part of the plans with Marco ’ s steel wire cable tray utilised throughout .
Jeff Kerridge , sales manager of Marco Cable Management , commented , ‘ We see our products used in a diverse range of schemes and projects but this undoubtedly is one of the most different we ’ ve seen to date !
‘ I ’ m pleased to say the project is complete and the giraffes are happily settled into their upgraded enclosure complete with Marco products .’
Woburn Safari Park is home to a large breeding herd of Rothschild giraffe which can be seen at Giraffe Junction . The herd is given the freedom to roam in their seven acre exhibit , which they share with the Grevy ’ s zebra and a herd of scimitar horned oryx .
They are housed at night in Giraffe Junction , however , during the warm summer months the giraffe herd are able stay out in their large exhibit 24 hours a day .
For further information visit : www . marcocm . com
AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Ventola Projects has recently supplied its innovative lighting range to the Curve Theatre , Leicester . Ventola ’ s VAvR LED digital tape , which delivers effect lighting , is highly regarded around the UK , mainland Europe and the Middle East , and has recently been required for the Curve Theatre ’ s latest showing of What The Butler Saw .
The show , which is a production based on Joe Orton ’ s play , is a contemporary classic and required effect lighting to complement the ‘ farce ’, comedic , genre of the show .
The VAvR LED digital tape has been used to create effects in a host of applications , including clubs , casinos , cruise ships and retail displays , and allows for fully flexible colour changing effects . Ventola supplied the tape at Leicester ’ s Curve Theatre and has subsequently heightened the overall experience of the show .
After the production leaves Leicester ’ s Curve Theatre it will move around the UK to some of the nation ’ s most illustrious theatres . Ventola ’ s VAvR LED digital tape will form part of the stage scenery and travel with them as part of the set .
For further information visit : www . ventola . co . uk
EN ROUTE
Spie UK has been commissioned to modernise and divert the 50 year old YG 275kV route . The £ 3.5m contract has been awarded by SP Energy Networks ( SPEN ).
The YG overhead line route , constructed in 1967 , is the main interconnection between Longannet and Kincardine Substations . Made up of 17 towers , its approximate route length is 4.3km with a circuit length of 8.6km .
Work on the route commenced in December 2016 and is scheduled to finish at the end of March 2017 . A 1km diversion is required to facilitate the construction of a new housing development to the south east of Kincardine .
The operation involves the construction of three new towers , including ground investigation at each location , and the removal of three existing towers . Spie will be responsible for repairing and painting existing structures , renewing tower furniture , including anticlimbing devices and installing tower top number plates for helicopter inspection .
Other engineering responsibilities assigned to Spie include replacing earth wire with an OPGW equivalent under single circuit outage conditions . After replacing downleads , insulators and fittings at terminal structures it will then complete testing and commissioning on the sections of removed conductors .
Once core project works have been completed , Spie will ensure post-contract landscaping is completed along affected roads . Spie ’ s engineers will establish fibre optic connections into Longannet and Kincardine Substations .
For further information visit : www . spieuk . com
WATER WORKS
Southern Water has cut the maintenance of a low lift pump and improved its reliability following the installation of an ABB synchronous reluctance motor ( SynRM ) and variable speed drive ( VSD ) package .
The pump is sited at Hardham Water Supply Works ( HWSW ), which provides water to more than 450,000 customers in the north of West Sussex . It extracts an average of 25 million litres of water per day from the local river .
Southern Water needed to replace the pump motor and control system , which were becoming obsolete and increasingly unreliable . Installed for over 30 years , spare parts such as contactors and control cards in the main panel were becoming difficult to source and maintain .
The existing 75kW DC motor required maintenance to its brushes every three months and a recent failure had made it critical to find a more reliable solution . A major consideration for Southern Water was cutting operational and downtime costs as part of the total expenditure ( TOTEX ) approach adopted by Ofwat ’ s latest Asset Management Period , AMP 6 .
Southern Water contacted ABB authorised value provider MKE , which recommended the ABB SynRM and drive package . The SynRM uses the magnetic principle of reluctance , eliminating rotor cage losses and increasing efficiency , all within a smaller motor frame size .
As well as improved reliability , the ABB drive is also expected to produce a four per cent increase in motor efficiency , further cutting operating costs .
For further information visit : www . abb . co . uk / energy
SOUND THE ALARM
Cartrefi Conwy , a Registered Social Landlord ( RSL ) in Conwy , North Wales , has announced its decision to fit Aico ’ s mains powered multi-sensor fire alarm , Ei2110e as standard across its entire housing stock .
A long standing Aico customer of over 10 years , Cartrefi Conwy had been using Aico Ei160RC alarms , but has upgraded the specification to the premium multisensor fire alarm , Ei2110e .
The Ei2110e contains two sensor types , optical and heat , to constantly monitor smoke and heat levels , sending and receiving information via its intelligent detection software . This sensor information alters the alarm ’ s sensitivity and trigger points , automatically providing the best response to all fire types and reduces potential false alarms .
Cartrefi Conwy will be installing the Ei2110e to a minimum category of LD3 , which requires alarms in all circulation spaces that form part of the escape routes from the premises . For its sheltered flats , it will increase the coverage to category LD2 , which sees the addition of alarms in all rooms that present a high risk of fire to occupants .
The alarms will be fitted during planned installation programmes and also reactively as required . In addition , they will be fitted as standard in Cartrefi Conwy ’ s new build development programme .
For further information visit : www . aico . co . uk

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