"NORTHERN ENERGY FIRM GIVES BLUE LAMP UNINTERRUPTED POWER"
Lancashire Constabulary & Slaters Electricals NORTHERN ENERGY FIRM GIVES BLUE LAMP UNINTERRUPTED POWER SLATERS Electricals Ltd, part of the Slaters Group of companies, has completed a project to install an 11 kilovolt (kV) electricity power network at Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters, to create an ‘always on’ power supply. The power and maintenance contract took just four months to complete, seeing Slaters Electricals connect a new 11kV power supply, install a standby generator along with a 415 volt distribution system and associated uninterrupted power supply (UPS) to the police HQ. The contract means that the police HQ has a renovated power system, which will provide the site with a constant power supply, even in the occasion of a power failure from the national grid. A UPS is a key part to the power supply chain if there is a failure from the mains – the UPS bridges the downtime from the mains failure to the standby generator’s power taking over. The project forms part of Lancashire Constabulary’s HQ refurbishment and upgrade scheme which was carried out by construction company Allenbuild. Slaters Electricals Project Manager Martin McGuirk said, “The work we have done with Lancashire Constabulary shows the speed, efficiency and high quality of energy management Slaters Electricals is known for. “After being awarded the contract last December and with a projected completion date at the end of April, the team had to work very quickly due to the delivery time of transformer, generator, and LV switchgear taking from eight to 12 weeks. “So our 65 years of engineering experience really came into play from the word go as no time could be lost. “Working with Lancashire Constabulary we have ensured that the site will always have a secure power supply; in others words we have given the electrical network its belt and braces.” Slaters Electricals has an annual turnover of £7.5 million, and specialises in re-engineered and new transformers, LV (low voltage) and MV (medium voltage) switchgear and support services. Slaters Group also owns MEC Electrical Contractors with bases in Sheffield and Birmingham, which installs and maintains power and distribution equipment, and Optipro Ltd, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, which supplies and installs voltage optimisation, stabilisation and energy enhancement products.