Aggreko, the global leader in temporary power and temperature control solutions, has provided power generation equipment to one of the UK’s leading hospitals while upgrade work on the permanent power supply was carried out.
Three 1,850 kVA generators were used at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington, Oxford, which is part of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, while a new substation and permanent generator were installed to replace the old, existing arrangement. The previous system could not provide enough capacity for newly extended facilities. With the critical nature of the work carried out at the hospital, using sophisticated and sensitive medical equipment, it was important that there were no problems or interruptions to the power supply while the work was completed.
The Hospital Trust has a strict policy on generator use, so prior to the equipment being delivered, reliability trials had to be undertaken at Aggreko’s Sutton service centre, followed by post-delivery checks once the generators arrived on site. Each generator was tested to 110 per cent capacity for one hour and the whole procedure had to be witnessed and verified by the team from the NHS Trust estates department and BAM Construct UK, which was the building contractor for the project.
Ben Johnson, field service team leader for Aggreko, said: “We were brought in to supply the generators for this project after the failure of two previous attempts by another temporary power provider.
“Our Sutton service centre team worked very closely with the NHS Trust and BAM to ensure the correct generators were specified and used for this project, as it was critical the supply was maintained and constant.
“The generators were in place for a total of four days and were running for eight hours each day with full fuel management support from Aggreko if required. The whole job ran very smoothly with everything going according to plan and the John Radcliffe estates team were very pleased with the Aggreko generators and our service. This really demonstrates the value of involving the power specialists at the outset to ensure a reliable and worry-free project.”
The Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest acute teaching trusts in the UK with a national and international reputation for the excellence of its services, teaching and research. The Trust provides high quality general hospital services for the local population in Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties, as well as more specialist services for patients from a wider area.