The Barbican HV Switchgear and Transformer Installation

RJ Power Networks has been recently appointed and is now delivering a 6-week phased asset replacement strategy to ensure power supplies are maintained at The Barbican.

RJ Power Networks Project Manager David Fone has taken some progress images at the mid-point of this prestigious replacement contract, with half of the 11kV switchboard being split and busbar coupling on the secondary LV service to allow for the required continuity.

Transformers are being removed and processed to ensure all PCBs are disposed of in accordance with strict environmental guidelines.

The asset replacement contract includes the implementation all safety protocols, with RJ Power Networks taking operational control of the HV and LV Distribution Network during construction.

The scope of this project covers the following items:

  • Removal of a 6-panel section of Brush VSI 11kV Switchgear
  • Removal and compliant disposal of 2No Brush 2000kVA ONAN Transformers with high PCB contamination greater than the permitted legislation
  • Supplying, installing, testing, and commissioning a 6-panel section Schneider Genie Evo Switchboard including a remote switching function
  • Supplying, installing, testing, and commissioning a new Substation 110v DC control philosophy
  • Supplying, installing, testing, and commissioning 2No TMC 1600/2240kVA ANAF Transformers within new housings

What we do – HV and LV Project Works

RJ Power Networks can undertake all manner of HV and LV project works ranging from replacing or upgrading equipment to completely new installations. We have the skills and capability to offer these services for voltages between 400v and 33kV.

Whether it be for a brand-new installation, to provide expansion to support client’s growth or due to a change in equipment, RJ Power Networks are able to support with electrical system design. We will attend client sites, identify and document systems currently in place and work together to recommend a fit for purpose solution that delivers a safe and effective solution providing the best value for money.

We are able to offer an end to end service from developing the project scope, sourcing and procurement of equipment, installation, testing and commissioning and ongoing maintenance. We also offer a full replacement service, when equipment has reached the end of its working life.

We can undertake works 24/7 to suit each project requirement, additionally offering an emergency callout service, so that we can minimise disruption to our client’s operations when a problem arises.

We are fully conversant with The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and the relevant requirements for delivering project works.

We pride ourselves on building strong, long lasting relationships with our clients, so we can ensure their electrical systems function and adapt in line with their business development.

Strawberry Hill Integrated Controlled Track Switches

As part of the safer and smarter isolation strategy scheme in Wessex, RJ Power Rail Limited is delivering a project to install and commission into service two integrated controlled track switches.

The scope of works is below:

  • Hook switches 216 and 217 shall be replaced with 2No. Integrated CTS/NSCD’s
  • De-commissioning of the existing CTS’s on site
  • Installation of a new Distribution board and a pilot box adjacent to the ICTS’s
  • Installation of a Local Control Panel at Fulwell Substation
  • Installation of P2P units, marshalling panel and pilot box at Fulwell Substation
  • Proposed cable routes

The contract was awarded to RJ Power Rail in March 2021 with Ecology and Environmental surveys taking place at the end of May – whereby the site was then set up in the second week of June with welfare facilities and a storage compound at Fulwell Traincare Depot. Enabling works then commenced, covering civils construction, electrical and ETE works, followed by the delivery of the new Integrated Controlled Switches within a possession in September 2021.

Final commissioning will take place in January 2022 once the new DC module at Fulwell Substation has been commissioned into service.

Controlled Track Switches and NSCDs have been introduced to mitigate safety related issues as well as allowing both units to be in the same cabinet which will reduce the space requirements and installation costs. This project has been developed to improve the reliability and safety of the railway network and is supported by fault data and Electrification and Plant (E&P) Asset Policy.

RJ Power Rail Limited Project Manager Andy Gore added: “It is great to be able to be a part of this project and deliver it for our partners at Wessex Works Delivery. Not only is it a trial site for these new Integrated Switches but it is part of the railway evolving to be a safer place.”

RJ Power Rail Limited is a Principal Contractor to Network Rail and provides power engineering services for the rail industry. Its 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 Limited shares our clients’ objectives in how we conduct ourselves and our business, which has allowed us to develop long-term relationships with both Network Rail and several Tier One contractors.

Woking Sidings Contract Award with South Western Railway

RJ Power Rail are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a GRIP 5-8 design and build contract, for the electrification of Woking Dead End Road Sidings on behalf of South Western Railway.

These sidings are leased under an arrangement with Network Rail by South Western Railway (SWR) and RJ Power’s awarded scope of works covers the removal of the dependent current main line feed, by routing the power from the current sub-station at Woking to the Woking Up Sidings. Currently there are no spare breaker ways in Woking sub-station, giving no means at present of independently switching and supplying each DER from the sub-station.

As part of the improvement works, RJ Power Rail need to consider the provision of a containerised annex to the current sub-station containing the new DC breakers, an independent ‘sidings’ 3MW transformer rectifier unit and ancillary switching equipment. These will be connected to the current sub-station busbar by cables, thereby extending the current arrangements. RJ Power Rail’s design team will work up an arrangement that will show three main breakers to which the sidings can be connected to for both current and future expansion of the sidings.

Site works will involve Civils, ETE and Electrical Services works which will be designed, planned, managed and delivered by the RJ Power Rail team, with the support of the company’s approved supply chain partners.

RJ Power Rail Sales Director, Matt Woolley, was delighted with this latest contract award and added:

“Securing this contract was reliant on a well-developed work winning strategy and is testament to the skill and commitment of the team involved – many of whom will now deliver this project. We have an excellent relationship with the client team, which has been developed during the recent completion of a complex programme of electrification works for the flagship Feltham Depot Project, on the behalf of SWR.

“As Principal Contractor for this design and build project, we look forward to now delivering on our promise and we are excited to receive future tendering opportunities from South Western Railway in respect of DC and HV rail electrification works.”

 RJ Power Rail look forward to keeping you all informed on future progress through our Social Media channels and the creation of a case study on the RJ Power website on completion of the works.

RJ Power launch charity partnership with We Are Beams

The RJ Power Group of businesses are delighted to announce that we have selected to partner with We Are Beams, a local charity who work with disabled children, young people and their families offering a range of support initiatives including family advice, short breaks, overnight care and coordination of support payments to families to support their children’s care and needs.

The Charity was founded in 1996 by a group of parents, who believed they could together provide better support than they were receiving from the local authorities for their disabled children. Their mission being to “provide comprehensive support services to families of children and young people with any form of physical, learning or sensory impairment living in the Dartford, Gravesham, Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas”.

RJ Power were introduced to We Are Beams last year through CSR 2025 forum, an initiative developed by TA Barker Associates of which both RJ Power and We Are Beams are founding members. The forum focuses on supporting businesses to deliver meaningful Corporate Social Responsibility activities. A number of discussions highlighted that not only were both organisations nearby in terms of locality, but also through a number of shared values and a supportive culture, which led to the agreement that RJ Power would be delighted to support We Are Beams with a range of fundraising and awareness initiatives.

Jenna Wells, HR and Marketing Manager for RJ Power describes the partnership as: “An ideal opportunity to support a local charity that provides a significant impact to a wide range of disabled children and their families.  This allows RJ Power through engaging team activities, that everyone can play a part in, to donate and participate in events and generate fresh ideas for fund raising.”

As with the entire charity sector, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the ability to fundraise, especially given a number of face to face events that have had to be cancelled and people are facing ongoing financial uncertainty. We are, therefore, delighted that the RJ Power team have already developed a number of creative ways to raise money. To date, we have done so through asking for donations towards items taken from a recent furniture clearance and also through having two members participating in the London to Brighton bike ride event.

To mark the formation of the partnership, RJ Power are launching the “Pass the Baton for Beams challenge”, a chain challenge suitable to everyone of all ages and fitness levels to get active, raise awareness and raise money for We Are Beams. To find out more please see the Pass the Baton for Beams fundraising page: https://wearebeams.enthuse.com/pf/pass-the-baton-for-beams  and our launch video showing how everyone can take part which can be found on our Linked in Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rj-power-group/?viewAsMember=true

We Are Beams Corporate Fundraiser, Julia Hussain explains: “We are so grateful to be receiving support from RJ Power. As a charity we rely on donations from local businesses and the community to provide support to the most vulnerable in society.”

To find out more about We Are Beams please see their website: https://wearebeams.org.uk/ and the RJ Power Website will be regularly updated with the fundraising progress.

We Are Beams is a local charity that supports disabled children and their families.

The disabled children and young people who access their services will typically have one or multiple learning difficulties, complex health needs, physical or sensory impairment, challenging behaviour, Autism or severe ADHD.

Their work is divided up into four key areas, these are: Short Breaks Services, Family Advice Service, Direct Payment Service and Dragon’s Retreat Short Break Unit.

They need to raise £1.8 million in order to continue their care services to the most vulnerable in society. At any one time, they support 450 families. Their contact details are: fundraising@wearebeams.org.uk 01322 668501

RJ Power announces exciting expansion Plans

As another year of significant achievement and development for the RJ Power brands draws to a close, we are excited to announce our growth plans for the upcoming year which will support our continued success in delivering the highest standard of collaborative engineering solutions to our diverse client base.

The RJ Power businesses currently consist of RJ Power Rail, RJ Power Networks and RJ Power Connections, all supported by the RJ Power Group offering a range of services including HR, Finance and IT.

In early 2020, our plans include the launch of our new business, RJ Power North which will offer a range of electrical engineering solutions for the North and Midlands areas across the Private Networks, New Connections and Rail workstreams. By opening a northern business with an office base in York, it will allow RJ Power to expand the geographical spread of it’s operation and locate technical and management staff in close proximity to a wider range of work locations, bringing a number of benefits to both the business and our clients. This will allow the business to expand the scope of provision for a number of our existing clients as well as secure contracts with new ones. In addition to this, it will allow us to resource equipment and engineers locally to these areas, which will help to reduce our carbon footprint and also the working and travel times for our South Eastern based teams who currently deliver work in these areas.

We are currently in the process of developing the RJ Power Group website to provide further information about RJ Power North so please check this and our Social Media over the coming month for further updates.

We are also delighted to confirm that we will be opening a London office in the new year, to enhance the sales and operational support to our engineering delivery within the busy capital city. By securing an office space in the heart of the financial and business district of London, we will be able to improve the client experience by offering a greater level of flexibility and responsiveness and an increase in face to face interactions. In addition, it will provide a base for meetings and an area for our engineering teams to utilise during their busy working day and allow a more streamlined process in terms of documentation and report completion.

Over the coming weeks, our website will be updated to provide the address details for our new London office.

The opening of both the RJ Power North business and the London office will provide fantastic opportunities to enhance our current client relationships as well as offer the opportunity to form new ones and continue to grow our business success and exceptional reputation.

Our exciting business plans come hand in hand with the creation of a number of opportunities to come and join our success and experienced team and we currently have vacancies within several of our RJ Power Brands. To find out more about our current vacancies or to submit a CV for upcoming roles, please see the Work with Us section of the RJ Power website.

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 https://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.