National grid backed up by PLX

National grid backed up by PLX

Our specialist fuel pipework system, Durapipe PLX, has been installed within a refurbishment to National Grid’s head office in Warwick.

National Grid was undertaking a refurbishment of its oil supply system as its existing fuel storage tanks and distribution pipework was over 20 years old so it needed replacing.

As part of the project, AD Environmental was tasked with installing new underground diesel storage tasks for existing emergency standby generators to provide back-up power to ensure vital systems stay active should the mains power fail. A reliable pipework solution was needed to transfer fuel to the generators and Durapipe PLX Close-fit pipework was selected.

AD Environmental needed a system that would ensure fuel did not leak out into the ground and potentially cause damage to the environment. As a result, Durapipe PLX Close-fit pipework has been installed to convey fuel from the external oil storage tanks into the building’s plant room, where the generators are housed.

Durapipe PLX is a specialist pipework solution that is designed to convey a variety of fuel blends, and is manufactured in a robust polyethylene material that provides excellent resistance to long term stress cracking. Additionally, its impressive durability gives it a design life of 30 years – making it ideal for use in emergency power applications, where it is imperative to install a system that does not need to be regularly maintained or replaced.

Commenting on the installation, Pete Sayer at AD Environmental said: “In addition to safely transferring the fuel, we needed a pipework system that could quickly and easily detect any leaks that occur in the system. The secondary contained nature of Durapipe PLX means that any leaks can not only be immediately identified, they can be simply dealt with without causing any damage to systems or the environment.”

The Durapipe PLX portfolio offers complete flexibility as it is available in both Close-Fit and Pipe-In-Pipe secondary contained pipework systems in sizes 32mm - 315mm. With an easy to use electrofusion jointing system, Durapipe PLX also has a wide range of fittings and transition fittings to suit these systems

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