The project has seen a 1970s office building converted into a purpose-designed high–tech data centre for InTechnology. The facility has next generation 'energy efficient' technology and equipment throughout and is designed to provide reliable, secure and affordable colocation. The Reading data centre has 15,000 ft² of hosting space offering a variety of solutions including full rack colocation, managed colocation and private suites.
The new data centre required a superior fuel pipework solution to work within the back-up power system, providing fuel oil to the generators in the case of an emergency. Power and Installation experts P&I Generators was tasked with supplying and fitting the data centre with a pipework system that would effectively transport fuel to the generators in order keep the data centre processes active should a power failure occur.
P&I Generators 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 pipework was installed to run from the bulk fuel tank, which holds Class A diesel fuel, to each of the three generators that power the data centre in case of an emergency.
Durapipe PLX 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 need to be regularly maintained or replaced.
Commenting on the installation, Paul Benfield, managing director of P&I Generators, said: “We needed to find a product that would be secure and that has long-term capabilities. The installation of PLX was simple and quick and its durability 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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