RJ Power recognised for Corporate Social Responsibility Achievements

RJ Power is proud to have been included as a case study business for the CSR2025 event which took place on Thursday 17th October in Chatham, Kent. Organised by TA Barker Associates and believed to be the first of its kind in the South East, the purpose of the event was to highlight the way that CSR, also known as “Social Value” can be as good for businesses as it is for charities, local good causes and community projects.

Jenna Wells, our HR and Marketing Manager, gave a presentation to local businesses, charities and other organisations, sharing how the RJ Power businesses use a CSR framework built on four pillars; Education, Charity, Business Operations and the Environment. The conception of the RJ Power Green team and initiatives such as our Bee and Butterfly Garden, beach cleans and charity fundraising were all discussed and both well received and applauded by the audience.

The work of the Green team and other colleagues across all the RJ Power brands engaging in CSR initiatives are fully supported by RJ Power’s Senior Management team, who both value and recognise the benefits this brings to each business.

Glenn Rowatt, CEO, RJ Power Group stated:
“CSR isn’t just about the events we organise or the initiatives we put into place, it’s about making sure we build strong and positive relationships with our people, so that we can support them in their working lives as much as possible.

“By understanding them as individuals, the challenges they face and helping to reduce issues or resolve them altogether, we can ensure that we are being socially responsible from all sides. This gives us a loyal and motivated workforce who are engaged to help us not only improve the business internally but actively join our efforts to improve the environment we live and work in.”

Matt Woolley, Sales Director, RJ Power Rail added:
“RJ Power Rail aims to create social value from the development of our own core values and demonstrating ‘Respect’ for our team, our partners and the areas we operate. This supports the winning of new business, develops relationships and leave a positive legacy for future generations within RJ Power Rail by improving our social performance. This provides our rail clients with the confidence that we are developing the right business culture to deliver and put passengers first.”

The event also included the launch of a short video created by TA Barker Associates and starring several members of the RJ Power Team, to introduce the concept of CSR and the benefits that are brought to the business itself and also individuals who participate in related initiatives. The video will be used as a marketing tool to raise awareness of not only of the CSR forum itself, but the achievements of RJ Power and also the support that TA Barker Associates can offer to businesses with building their CSR agenda.

The next forum will take place in February 2020 and all the RJ Power brands will continue to play a key part in the development of this forum; sharing of the successful initiatives such as those we have implemented in line with our CSR approach so far.

For more information about the RJ Power brands and our CSR initiatives please see our related News Stories and keep an eye on our Social Media Page for information about upcoming events.

TA Barker Associates support businesses with CSR and training for new managers and supervisors. The next CSR 2025 – Fit for the Future will be 20th February 2020.

For more information you can contact Tracy-Anne@tabarkerassociates.co.uk T: 07449 041 092

RJ Power Networks Engineering Team Witness Factory Acceptance Tests on Electrical Switchgear

RJ Power Networks Engineering team have recently visited the newly rebranded Brush Switchgear Factory, to witness a FAT test (Factory Acceptance Test) of switchgear being installed for an installation project at a prestigious University Campus in the South of England.

Brush Switchgear are a leading manufacturer of highly reliable indoor and outdoor switchgear, with a state-of-the art manufacturing facility located in Southern Wales. The factory has a long and rich history of electrical plant manufacture for the ever growing and changing electrical industry.

The electrical switchgear testing was led by 2 lead Brush technicians, who were extremely knowledgeable of the equipment being produced in the factory and the electrical sector. The testing works encompassed the following aspects:

  • Full functional testing consisting of all facets of plant operation.
  • Prove operations of all interlocking.
  • Insulation resistance testing.
  • Full relay operational tests.
  • Primary and Secondary Injection Testing
  • Prove all electrical open, close, trip, indication signals

RJ Power Networks Engineering team were required to witness the FAT tests in order to ensure that the SAT (Site Acceptance Test) was delivered on time and that the product being produced was compliant with all electrical regulations as well as site specific regulations. RJ Power Networks client was in attendance during the FAT testing, along with the Engineering team, to witness and inspect the product and be completely confident that the equipment was compliant with all required project specifications.

Once the all of the testing was complete, the team were taken on a guided tour of the Brush manufacturing facility to view the assembly lines, the current product range, and how the factory operates. The team were allowed to inspect various switchgear, such as DC circuit breaker technology, which is most commonly used in the Rail industry, and the new Quantum range, which we were informed has already been a great success with one of the major DNO’s.

We would like to thank Brush Switchgear for accommodating the team and completing all testing to such a high standard, we look forwarding to continuing to develop a strong working relationship between our companies.

RJ Power Networks team are about to commence the project at the university, which is due to be completed later this year. To read more about the design of the University project please click the following link http://www.rjpowergroup.co.uk/news/rj-power-networks-electrical-design-prestigious-university/

 

RJ Power Rail Completes Electrical & Mechanical Decommissioning Works at Old Oak Common Depot

RJ Power Rail has recently completed its Electrical and Mechanical decommissioning contract works on behalf of Principal Contractor Colas Rail, for the Stage 2 and 3 decommissioning of Old Oak Common Depot. The scope also included Civil Engineering activities such as Under Road Crossings (URX’s), Ducting and Troughing Route works and Protective Barrier installation works.

As part of Phase 1 of the HS2 rail network, a new interchange station is being constructed at Old Oak Common to provide a rapid and convenient access for passengers between High Speed 2 (HS2), Crossrail and the Great Western Main Line (GWML) services.

The site, which is occupied by both Great Western (GWR) and Heathrow Express (HEx), required decommissioning and was a critical piece of work for the overall HS2 programme in order to facilitate the commencement of the HS2 enabling works associated with the GWML. In order to achieve the space requirements for the OOC interchange station, the relocation of GWR and HEx services from the existing Old Oak Common Depot was necessary.

A number of challenges were faced, however, RJ Power Rail’s capabilities in the multi-disciplined and HV market, combined with its ability to offer additional works and engineering input made it the ideal contractor for this project. With vast experience as a Tier-2 contractor for major schemes, RJ Power Rail offered a consistent, reliable and flexible service, through its exceptional electrification expertise and proven project delivery.

RJ Power Rail commenced its works in December 2018, decommissioning the Depot in a number of stages, in order to ensure that operations were maintained. RJ Power Rail’s works covered Stages 2 and 3 (which in the end were combined).

Commenting on RJ Power Rail’s contract delivery, Colas Rail’s Infrastructure Project Manager, Joseph Smales said:

“RJ Power Rail’s project and engineering teams pulled out all stops to ensure this electrification support project was delivered on time and to specification. In addition to this, the team worked collaboratively with us to support changes in design and perform additional works that will benefit the wider scheme. I would like to thank all involved for their efforts in this completing this project.”

RJ Power Rail Awarded DLR Beckton Depot Design & Build Contract

RJ Power Rail are pleased to announce the award of a new contract on behalf of Docklands Light Railway (DLR), for the removal and replacement of the Shore supply overhead busbar trolley system at Beckton Depot.

As Principal Contractor and Designer, RJ Power Rail’s fully managed design and build contract covers the systematic removal and replacement of the trolley bus system on roads 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A & 5B within the depot.

RJ Power Rail’s scope includes, intrusive surveys, design, procurement of all necessary Track Isolation Switches, Shore Supply Panels, Busbar Systems, Trollies, Pendants and Truncheons, Civils installation works, LV installation works and all associated testing, commissioning and hand-back works.

The works consist of:

  • Isolation of 750v Traction Supply
  • Isolation of 110v Control circuits
  • Removal of existing system
  • Replacement of system
  • Cold Commissioning

All of the works will be carried out within Depot Possessions, Traffic Hours or Engineering Hours and will be in managed in conjunction with DLR and their operator/maintainer Keolis Amey Docklands, under the control of a competent LOA.

Site documentation preparation has already commenced, with CPP’s, Quality and Environmental Plans in full production and survey methodologies having already been submitted for approval, in advance of the intrusive survey works commencing at the end of the month.

The works are due to be completed in December 2020.

RJ Power Networks – Electrical Design – Prestigious University

The RJ Power Networks Engineering Design team have been working with the Principal Designers to design a new Primary Intake Substation and associated HV cabling network for a University. The RJ Power Networks Operations team have been working closely with the Principal Contractor to plan and deliver the installation works.

The University is expanding it’s campus due to success and demand from their alumni over recent years and due to the site expansion, there is going to be a proportional increase in electrical demand, thus necessitating an increase in supply capacity. The existing equipment and network is insufficient to cope with the new electrical demands. The successful design of the new Substation with larger capacity primary plant will enable the University to expand without risk or disruption to the existing supplies, services, residents and most importantly long-term medical experiments that have been in their development for over 10 years.

RJ Power Networks electrical expertise, experience and knowledge have enabled us to be a fundamental contributor to the full design package. The Engineering team formed a strong working relationship with the Principal Designer’s instantly, allowing us to work closely and collaboratively with our client and other key stakeholders. This also enabled a close analysis of the project deliverables and balancing of the costs of the project with the optimum network performance achievable. RJ Power Networks have ensured that the project has encompassed all rules and regulations including electrical, mechanical and civil elements, maintaining CDM requirements constantly.

The RJ Power Networks team have produced, submitted and received approval for the following schemes within the design works:

  • General arrangement drawings of key equipment (including substation layouts).
  • Battery charging schemes.
  • Emergency power off schemes.
  • Development of interlocking schemes.
  • Substation structural build design assistance.
  • Cable Route drawings.
  • Cable sizing calculations further developed to future proof the site for further expansion.
  • Primary Distribution 11kV Switchgear specifications.
  • Full protection and discrimination grading study coupled with site wide protection setting analysis and implementation.

Regular design team meetings with the key stakeholders of the project (The Principal Designer, Principal Contractor & the Client – University) have also been held. These regular design development attendances have identified several technical and logistical challenges, whereby practical engineering solutions have been implemented throughout the design process to support the project.

The Networks team in conjunction with the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor have encountered numerous civil engineering constraints, this is owing to the geographic boundaries of the designated construction location within the University Campus. The build location is parallel to the existing Substation, not only presenting constrained access and egress for plant, but limited capacity to house the large volumes of new and existing HV Cabling. Due to these limitations careful consideration and creative engineering was a necessity to achieve HV cable routes that conformed with bending radii and underground asset installation regulations, whilst maintaining the optimum closing joint locations for connectivity to the existing network. This presented complex installation planning, broken into key phases to avoid interruption to supply and alleviate the requirement for on-site local generation.

Contained within 8 weeks, the design lifecycle of this project has been fully satisfied from conception to approval for build. The Networks team have utilised a wide range of software modelling techniques to ensure the correct sequential operation of protective devices. During the design process, RJ Power Networks have supported other design elements through offering expertise across a range of multi-disciplinary high voltage specialisms.

Being intrinsically involved from the outset means that RJ Power Networks have been given the opportunity to identify potential risks and challenges before they came to fruition. Allowing for meticulous planning for the installation phase of the Project and detailed task briefings to the full operations team prior to arrival on site.

Overall, we have collaboratively worked with the Switchgear manufacturer, including their installation teams, the client’s representative consultants, the Distribution Network operator and Independent Distribution Network operator to develop a bespoke solution to satisfy the clients statutory engineering dependencies.

As we now approach the installation phase, we are looking forward to working with the 7 Panel HV Switchboard suppliers installation team. Working together, we will conduct full Hot & Cold commissioning of the newly supplied equipment to prove electrical and mechanical integrity, whilst maintaining continuity of guarantees and warranties for our client.

We look forward to completing this challenging project and will provide an update of its completion in the near future.

RJ Power Group Green Team and Beach Clean initiative

The RJ Power Group brand has recently formed a Green Team, a group of individuals that are passionate and interested in environmentally friendly initiatives and are keen to improve RJ Power Group’s eco footprint by becoming greener. The Green Team are looking to take part in activities such as beach cleans, wildlife conservation events, creating urban gardens to encourage pollination such as the one they have already created at the RJ Power Networks and RJ Power Connections office and other environmentally friendly activities, as well as making relevant changes to each of the RJ Power Group brand businesses to help towards creating a positive impact on the environment.

One of the current initiatives being led by the Green Team, is around supporting the clean up of plastic washed up on local beaches. Plastic pollution is a massive threat to the environment – every year more plastic is dumped into our oceans. The New York times recently stated that:

“About 300 million tons of plastic is produced globally each year and yet only about 10% of the plastic produced is recycled. Of the plastic that is simply trashed, an estimated seven million tons ends up in the sea each year”

This is a staggering amount of plastic entering our oceans every year, and with plastic on average taking 450 – 1000 years to break down, our sea life is becoming threatened and many fish, animals and mammals are dying from ingesting plastic or becoming stuck in the rubbish they come across.

On the 19th May, the RJ Power Group Green Team took part in their first event by visiting Littlehampton’s sea front to support a beach clean, which was organised by the Marine Conservative Society. Beachwatch is the Marine Conservation Society’s national beach cleaning and litter survey programme. They organise beach cleaning events where people all around the UK, can care for their coastline, by volunteering or organising their own beach cleaning event.

The Marine Conservative Society provided the group with litter pickers, gloves, bin bags, hoops and hi-vis clothing. A safety briefing was also delivered to the team before the clean-up process, where participants were shown how to use the equipment supplied to them, and to inform them of areas to avoid on the beach (such as the dunes) as it may be unsafe especially for children. During the safety brief, the team were also advised on the type of litter to remove from the beach and which to leave. Rubbish such as sharps (needles, razor blades) were not to be picked up, however participants were instructed to call over one of the event organisers who would be able to dispose of the items safely.

We were pleasantly surprised to find that RJ Power Group’s Green Team made up only a very small portion of the overall group of beach cleaners, which gave them a fantastic opportunity to meet new people all sharing a common goal. Many people used the beach clean as an opportunity to walk their dogs whilst they picked up the rubbish they came across, but more impressively, many people brought their children along, getting them involved in this project and creating a fun family day out.

The UK are currently passing laws and making positive changes to help reduce the amount of plastic used by businesses and households. For example, the government has proposed banning the sale and distribution of single-use plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds in England, unless needed for medical reasons. It is currently consulting on plans, which it expects to come into force at some point between October 2019 and October 2020.

Recognising that there is a major issue with the way we use and dispose of plastic is just the start. The human race already has a huge job to try and fix some of the detrimental issues we have created by using so many unrecyclable and single-use plastics. By volunteering for a beach clean you are helping to remove a small portion of plastic which could end up in the sea. It is a great way to start protecting and helping our planet and also helps to educate people on the importance of protecting the world for future generations.

Well done to the Green team for their efforts – Anita, Isabelle, Lianne, Paul and Suzanne. The team are already planning their next event, as well as discussing ideas which can be implemented into the businesses to make further improvements. For more updates on the progress of the Green Team please keep an eye on our News section of the RJ Power Group website and also our Social Media channels.

To get involved in a beach clean near you, visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website https://www.mcsuk.org/.

RJ Power Networks have recently commenced an environmental project to try and help raise awareness around bee endangerment

RJ Power Networks have a great opportunity to try and give a little back to the environment, as the Networks office at Polhill have their own back garden, which was previously left overgrown and then became a storage area for left over scraps and various other junk items, until it gets disposed of by professional waste and recycling companies. During the Networks ISO accreditation assessments, it was suggested that we could utilise the garden area in a unique way, by creating a Bee, Butterfly insect and bird friendly sanctuary from recycled materials that the Networks team have left over from the running of day to day operations.

The extinction of Bees has been in the eye of the media a lot over the last 12-18 months and the RJ Power Networks team want to help support the cause of protecting them. We are hoping that the new Recycled Garden will help towards support the colonisation of bees within the garden, as the plants used will be specifically bee, butterfly, bird and insect friendly to help create a haven for them to live and thrive in.

Bees and other pollinators are responsible for up to 35% of the worlds crop harvests. There are currently over 7 billion people living on the planet and the reduction of 35% of crops could have detrimental effects to the human race, as well as other species living on our planet. Without bee’s pollinating the worlds crops other species will begin to die off due to a lack of food, which will then richochet up the food chain creating a mass starvation and reduction in numbers, maybe even extinction across all species of animals.

Beekeepers first started losing their hives around 2006, with numbers of lost colonies rising each year, they are facing significant financial losses and the crop pollination that all species depend on are being threatened by the declining bee numbers. Scientists have studied the problem and identified that it could be due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) – they have identified several possible contributing factors, including agricultural chemicals, diseases, parasites and stress. The most recent evidence suggests a combination of these factors may be the cause of CCD.

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) can be identified easily in hives because of its unique symptoms. Firstly, the hive is abandoned by nearly all the adult bees. Usually, only a living queen is left behind in the hive. However, no dead bodies of bees are found in or around the hive.

Our aim is to not use any pesticides or chemicals on the garden area and leave it to grow as much a possible with minimal human interaction. Recycled objects used in the garden include:

  • Wooden Pallets – The Networks team get a lot of deliveries on wooden pallets, which were then recycled or sometimes just thrown away. Throwing wooden pallets away is a waste of good materials as they can be used time and time again due to their durability, however many delivery companies don’t take their pallets back with them. The team have saved some of the pallets received during deliveries and used the pallets to make flower beds, a table and benches.
  • Tarpaulin – From some of our sites we require the use of tarpaulin, however larger sizes are sometimes ordered and we are left with spare tarpaulin in the storage areas. Any left-over tarpaulin found in storage was used to line the larger pallets so that the soil and plants stay within the pallet.
  • Tyres – have been used to create plant pots, insect and bee houses and part of the recycled furniture. The tyres have all been donated by the employees of RJ Power Networks.

Although it is not currently the height of bee season the Networks garden area has been worked on since October 2017 so everything needed could be organised and planted to grow in time for the spring/summer bloom. The current plants in the garden are winter/spring plants which have helped to protect smaller insects during the winter months as well as giving the current plants time to grow to a good size ready for spring. Once the winter season is over the winter plants will die off and the garden will be ready to plant more spring and summer flowers in the recycled pallets, such as; Cornflower, lavender, Marigolds and so on which are bee friendly and encourage pollination.

The making of our garden has prompted the Networks team to reflect on how as a company we can become kinder to our environment. These are just some of the things we plan to do going forward:

  • In 2017 the Networks team started to use a paperless system on tablets and phones. This system dramatically reduced the amount of paper used on site, because all the site teams have their own iPads and log in details. The employees can fill out all paper work electronically. The paperless system has also helped to improve productivity within the business starting from site right through to the end production of reports, as there is a lot less time wasted on writing or retyping sheets from site. This electronic system also saves ink (carbon) and money as productivity is improved because we can use man hours more effectively elsewhere in the business, as well as noticing a big reduction on the amount of ink, toner and paper purchased.
  • Recycling bins have been implemented for paper, dry recycling, fruit and vegetables and batteries into our office.
  • All redundant equipment taken from site, such as transformers that are being upgraded/replaced, are passed to a specialist recycling company where the metals, plastics, rubber and coolants (any gas or oils) are disposed of effectively and safely.
  • The business as a whole try to keep transportation and vehicles as efficient as possible with regular services and trackers to check speed, which both help towards fuel efficiency. The teams often arrange for shared vehicle transportation where the team go up together in one vehicle to reduce the number of unnecessary vehicles on our roads.

World Bee Day 2019 took place on the 20th May, and was introduced by the UN general assembly The UN general assembly after adopting a resolution proposed by Slovenia, where the Carniolan honeybee is native.

World Bee Day is supported by all UN Member States and the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations. Its aim is to raise public awareness about the importance of bees, highlighting how the beekeeping sector helps in such matters as poverty alleviation, preserving a healthy environment and in maintaining biodiversity.

The Networks team look forward to providing ongoing updates around their efforts to contribute positively to the environment and local areas around them- please continue to like and share our updates to help promote our environmental initiatives!

RJ Power Networks Limited provides electrical installation, operation and maintenance services to end users and duty holders throughout the UK. Our experienced and multiskilled team work to the highest standards to achieve excellence in the engineering services we provide. Please see the RJ Power Brochure for more information about the services we offer and our Case studies page for examples of our excellent standards of delivery.

DLR Stratford Market D&B Contract Progressing Well for RJ Power Rail

Following RJ Power Rail’s contract award as both Principal Designer and Contractor for the Stratford Market Substation works earlier this year, we are pleased to announce excellent progress and that the rail team have been progressing works collaboratively with various stakeholders from within the client organisation – Docklands Light Railway Limited (DLR).

RJ Power Rail’s contract includes the following D&C works:

  • Transferal of the Stephenson Street Substation DNO HV incoming supply to Star Lane Substation;
  • Reconfiguration of the 11kV HV Distribution System to enable decommissioning of Stephenson Street Substation;
  • Reconfiguration of the 11kV HV Distribution System to provide a station ring supply, except for the Stratford International Station supply which is to remain separate;
  • Provision of an Auxiliary Transformer at Stratford Market Substation;

and;

  • The renewal of the existing HSNP DC Switchgear at Poplar Substation, which includes the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of 2 new DC Switchboards;

All surveys were successfully completed in February 2019 and Design work has been progressing well, alongside our supply chain partner RPS.

Implementation works are expected to start very soon, and we look forward to the successful conclusion of these works in conjunction with DLR’s project team.

RJ Power Rail Limited offer proven experience in HV and LV distribution systems and switchgear renewals and maintenance. Our Design, Construction and Commissioning into service know-how covers mass transit, metro and mainline railway systems across the UK.

Principal Contractor RJ Power Rail Completes Control Track Switches Contract

RJ Power Rail Limited, has successfully completed its PC contract on behalf of Network Rail’s Wessex Works Delivery Team, in respect of the design and installation of Control Track Switches (CTS) at 10 separate locations.

RJ Power Rail Limited provided a fully managed design and build offering, self-delivering all installation and required test and commissioning works – acting at CEM and managing the design through long-term supply chain partner, Rail Power Solutions.

The CTS devices installed are a new safety feature and method of managing power to the conductor rail system which is fed from traction substations at 750V DC, enabling activities to be implemented from a position of safety (the Electrical Control Room) and not from on or near the line.

The renewal was condition, reliability and safety driven and was supported by NR fault data and E&P Asset Policy. The works were a continuation based upon the CP5 E&P Works Delivery Renewals Programme.

The works required careful planning in conjunction with Network Rail’s Access Planning Manager and have been commissioned to meet Network Rail’s desired project outcome within the required project timeframe.

Sales Director, Matt Woolley added:

“This was a professionally delivered contract from end to end, working collaboratively with our long-term customer Wessex Works Delivery and other stakeholders throughout the works. We are delighted to have completed this contract and look forward to undertaking more works in the future for Network Rail.”

RJ Power Rail Limited was established in 2008 and provides power engineering services for the rail industry. Our expert team has decades of experience covering all aspects of electrical engineering within high voltage electrification systems, traction power and industrial low voltage distribution systems across various regions within the UK. RJ Power Rail shares our clients’ objectives in how we conduct ourselves and our business, which has allowed us to develop long-term relationships with Network Rail and a number of railway principal contractors.

RJ Power Rail Completes Earthing and Bonding Contract for GWML

RJ Power Rail were engaged by long-term partner Amey Rail and their Thames Valley Area (TVA) Project team, to install earthing and bonding systems for various trackside assets.

RJ Power Rail’s deliverables included surveys to identify lineside assets, the review of designs for the bonding systems and the installation of all types of bonding system in order to be able to electrify the GWML Project.

The bonding systems were required to enhance the system protection by providing a sufficiently low impedance earth for Locations within the OLE ‘dewirement’ zone. This ensured that in the event of the OLE coming into contact with the location, that the traction return path can conduct the voltage for a sufficient time until the OLE system protective devices operate.

To complete the works, RJ Power Rail supplied 10 installation teams during the various stages of the project, over approximately 100 linear miles covering a wide geographical area from Maidenhead to Bristol.

The Great Western Route Modernisation (GWRM) is tasked with the delivery of a 25KV OLE railway with more frequent/faster train services providing more seats and improved stations. This programme covers approximately 10 years of continuous railway infrastructure enhancement works inclusive of a number of major works such as Track Remodelling, Resignalling and overall Electrification.

Read the full case study for the project here:

http://www.rjpowergroup.co.uk/case-studies/great-western-modernisation-earthing-and-bonding/