Durapipe PLX turns up the heat at radar station

Durapipe PLX turns up the heat at radar station

Durapipe PLX, our leading pipework solution for the safe conveyance of fuel, has been utilised within a radar station refurbishment in Devon.

Operated by National Air Traffic Service (NATS), Burrington Radar Station in North Devon surveys the skies over South Wales, the West Country and the Western approaches. Supplying information to air traffic controllers at the London Area Control Centre at Swanwick in Hampshire, the radar station also serves RAF controllers at the Military Air Services Operations Room, near Heathrow.

As part of the refurbishment, an upgrade of the heating system was required and electrical and mechanical engineers Sherwoods were tasked with installing a reliable system. The existing steel pipework that feeds the boilers had badly corroded and was in need of replacing and so Sherwoods turned to Durapipe UK.

Looking for a pipework solution that would maintain high performance levels over the lifetime of the product, Durapipe PLX was specified in 32mm#63mm. The pipe-in-pipe system was installed to transfer oil from the main storage tank to the oil fired burners in the boiler room, which feed the heating system that provides heating to the offices within the radar station.

Along with its exceptional resistance to rapid crack propagation, long term stress cracking and corrosion free properties, Durapipe PLX was chosen for its cost effectiveness and ease of installation, in comparison to metal alternatives.

Commenting on the project, Phil Hesketh from Sherwoods said: “The existing steel pipework in the radar station was badly corroded so we wanted a pipework solution that would stand the test of time and perform consistently with minimum maintenance requirements and Durapipe PLX offered just that. “The installation benefits over steel alternatives were also a major factor in the decision as it significantly reduced labour time and costs for us.”


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