The Project


At Pasturefield and Weston substations two transformers in close proximity to domestic properties were not contained, posing a potential ground contamination risk should any of the seals fail.Both transformers were located in restricted compounds with shared access through a neighbouring property, neither site had any drainage infrastructure and at Weston there was the additional problem of no 240v supply.Adler and Allan was approached to come up with a solution to mitigate the risk of oil contamination to comply with Environment Agency regulations, while causing as little disruption as possible to the adjoining neighbours.

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The Solution


To contain oil and protect against flooding, Adler and Allan's modular flood defence system JBAR was installed, fitted to the existing concrete plinths of both substations. JBAR is a unique system designed to safeguard key assets, such as utility compounds, substations, external plant and associated structures. Developed initially to deal with oil containment, JBAR, featuring an integrated sump, is a dual purpose product, which can retain and/or withstanding fluids from either side.To combat the issue of power supply at Weston, needed for the oil discriminating pumps, Adler and Allan developed a hybrid power unit, incorporating solar photovoltaics and a small wind turbine.

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The Outcome


Both sites were completed within five days, with minimum disruption to neighbouring properties. Using innovative technologies, such as JBAR, Adler and Allan helped the client to safeguard their substation and the surrounding area, meet regulations and reduce their carbon footprint. This approach has now been rolled out to a range of sites.