SPIE UK has been awarded a new contract by Merseytravel to provide and install replacement high-voltage switchgear.
Merseytravel is the passenger transport executive and strategic transport adviser for the Liverpool City Region and is responsible for coordinating public transport across Merseyside.
SPIE UK, which provides multi-technical services in the energy and communications sector, will be supplying, installing and replacing high voltage switchgear, low-loss transformers, and high voltage, low voltage, and control cabling at the Promenade Ventilation Station, which supplies ventilation and power to the Kingsway Road tunnel, which runs under the River Mersey between Liverpool and Wallasey. Four 1500kVA Wilson e3 Low Loss Transformers will be installed to guarantee that the new system is optimally energy efficient.
SPIE UK said the systems to be installed are expected to save an estimated 437 tons of carbon dioxide over the course of their lifetime, based on a 60 per cent load factor in comparison with the systems that they are replacing. In accordance with this high level of energy efficiency, the new high voltage switchgear will also help Merseytravel to achieve significant cost savings. Based on the same 60 per cent load criteria described, the saving is estimated at £10,223 a year, delivering a much-improved total cost of ownership.
Contract manager Chris Mayoh said: “The win is testament to the quality of the work that the team deliver, with this being the sixth time that Merseytravel has chosen to work with us. Given our strong track record, I know that the team will do a great job of delivering the upgraded systems.”
Colin Dever, technical services manager at Merseytravel, said: “As we work to ensure that we play our part in meeting the UK’s climate targets, we have to make sure that our public infrastructure is as energy efficient as possible whilst also being value for taxpayer money. The upgrades being delivered by the SPIE team fit perfectly with these requirements.”
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