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EDS DATA CENTRE PUTS TRUST IN DURAPIPE PLX

Posted: Monday 3rd September 2012

Specialist fuel pipework system, Durapipe PLX, has been installed within a major £30m data centre development for EDS at Wynyard Park in Tees Valley.

The project has seen a 300,000 sq ft cold storage warehouse converted into a purpose-designed high – tech data centre for EDS. The new data centre required a superior fuel pipework system to provide fuel oil to the back-up power generators in the case of an emergency. Electrical engineering contractors ASEE Ltd was tasked with supplying and fitting the data centre with a pipework system that would effectively transport fuel to the back up generators in order keep the data centre processes active should a power failure occur.

The pipework was to be installed underground and so ASEE Ltd needed a system that would ensure fuel did not leak out into the ground, causing damage to the environment. As a result, Durapipe PLX close-fit piping in sizes 63 # 75mm was installed to safely transport fuel oil from four bulk holding tanks to the day tanks, which feed the generators should there be a power failure.

The Durapipe PLX close-fit system 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 have to be regularly maintained or replaced.

Commenting on the installation, Stuart Davies from ASEE Ltd said: “The product material characteristics, and specifically the pipe-in-pipe aspect of the pipework, was the deciding factor for us, as we needed to be confident we would not be accountable for fuel leaking out into the ground.”

“The added cost savings that were possible through using Durapipe PLX was also a major factor for us; the long term durability of the product made it a very cost effective solution for this project.”

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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