Global Rail Construction to support Siemens’ Static Var Compensator Assembly
Global Rail Construction (GRCL) is pleased to announce it has secured a multi-disciplinary design and build contract at Greenwich Generating Station, and will comprise the design and construction of housings and enclosures to support the static VAR compensator (SVC) assembly from Siemens Plc.
Greenwich Generating Station stands on the south bank of the River Thames and provides emergency back-up power for the underground in case of a substantial failure in the National Grid.
As part of London Underground’s power upgrades, Greenwich Generating Station has been identified as a suitable location to install equipment that will improve the quality of the power feeding the distribution network.
Following significant changes to the site and its associated infrastructure the original turbine hall is now mostly unused and has available space. It is intended to use the available space by installing equipment to improve power quality and to generate low carbon electricity to the London Underground (LU) network.
As part of the project Global Rail Construction will be providing a range of civil and structural engineering design and construction services together with mechanical and electrical building services installations. The works will take place across three packages consisting of the following:
Design and construction of a reinforced concrete over-slab beneath the entire basement area of the SVC demise to accommodate the loadings of the new superstructure
Design and construction of new accommodation for the SVC comprising of:
Control and Protection Room
Fan assisted glycol heat exchanger supports
Access ramps, personnel stairways and maintenance platforms
Associated mechanical, electrical and fire detection systems
Construction of an extension to the first floor 22kV switch room.
Discussing the contract award, Marco Lombardelli, Managing Director of GRCL, said:
“This project is a fantastic opportunity for us to display our extensive multidisciplinary design and construction capabilities for a prestigious client. It will be a challenging scheme with many technical difficulties involved, particularly around planning and making space available to accommodate the site’s SVC assembly equipment layout.
“This latest contract is further evidence of our growing reputation as a leading design and build contractor for the UK’s mainline and metro rail systems.”