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  • Alcomet Supports Construction of 132kv Primary Substation with GRP, Earthing and Guardian Range

    The Background
    A regional electricity distribution network operator has recently invested over £14m in an initiative to boost the Birmingham power network. The new initiative involves the construction of a new build primary substation.
    The initiative has been designed to accommodate any increased demands placed on the power network in the future.

    The Brief
    Alcomet were involved with the DNO and civil contractors from early project specification and design stage. The client required a solution for cable trenches and trench covers to protect main electricity cables on site, and needed a viable cost effective alternative to concrete due to some specific challenges with the brownfield site.
    To enable the safety of the structure, equipment and occupants, an effective earthing system for the substation was also required alongside a solution to combat metal theft.

    The Solution
    Alcomet supplied multiple runs of Alcomet GRP cable trenches and covers on site providing a solution for vehicular and pedestrian access. With high strength to weight ratios, ease of installation, and zero maintenance, the Alcomet GRP range easily met the stringent requirements of the project.
    Alcomet collaborated with project designers to accommodate specific layout requirements on site, producing bespoke mouldings to create various sizes of trenches and covers to suit. Precision cutting was carried out at Alcomet’s GRP Processing Centre and held in stock for call off by the client as and when required.

    To counter the problem of theft and vandalism in the area, specifying the award winning Alcomet Guardian Security Range was an obvious choice. Tested and approved, it offered the perfect solution to protect the customer’s investment.

    Alcomet supplied earthing materials along with Guardian cover guards and pins. Guardian cover guards have been specifically designed to protect valuable earthing material as an added security measure on site.

    “Alcomet added real customer value with this successful venture through close collaboration with all parties involved on the project.” Gary James, Managing Director.

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