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Client Data centre facilities management company

Location Surrey, UK

Sectors Data centres

The challenge

Being prepared for plant failure in a data centre

Data centres need constant power and cooling to function. Any type of plant failure can cause untold problems for the facilities management companies that run them. So when a leading FM company came to us for a way to mitigate a plant failure, we knew just what they needed - a robust contingency plan that could be implemented quickly and with minimal fuss.

Project fact file

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Robust contingency plan

3 x 200 kW

Chillers installed

2 x 500 kW

Generators to provide power

The solution

Robust contingency plan to ensure business as usual 

Our engineers first carried out a detailed site survey of the FM's data centres to understand the power and temperature requirements of each site.  They then designed bespoke plans. Each plan gave details of the appropriate rental equipment needed, where it would be located - with installation and connection points - how it would be transported, engineering scope, methods of operation, risk assessments, method statements and roles and responsibilities. This meant every site knew what to do in the event of an emergency.

So, when a period of particularly hot weather the following summer started to strain the chiller plant at one of the data centres, its plan was quickly put into action.

Following a call one Friday evening we delivered, installed and commissioned three 200 kW chillers, a 1 MW heat exchanger and two 500 kVA generators - plus all relevant hoses, cables and fuel tanks.

We then plugged it all into the site's chiller plant to support it with supplementary cooling to meet the requirements until the seasonal spike in temperature subsided.

the aggreko difference

We help you keep your cool by having a plan in place

The impact

Ready-to-go plan saves the day when needed

Everything was ready to go, so when the temperature rose and the cooling plant couldn't cope, no one needed to get hot under the collar.

The facilities manager made the call and we got straight to work activating according to the plan. This saved considerable time, as everything was already in place - site surveys, installation plan, and who was responsible for what. 

Everybody knew just what to do, and it was done quickly and efficiently, just as we'd planned.

 

"Putting a plan in place for potential emergencies is a smart thing to do.  When a contingency plan is called off things go smoother, as we already know the kit needed, the site's details and the people involved in the project".

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