Complex project interfacing
RJ Power faced challenges with the timescale of this project due to the number of different project interfaces during the course of these works. With the works being of a multi-disciplinary nature and with multiple contractors needing to negotiate access arrangements, RJ Power’s team needed to be extremely flexible and work collaboratively when approaching and delivering key milestones in their programme.
Careful logistical management was also needed as multiple electrical assets were being supplied by RJ Power. All deliveries were pre-planned in accordance with a Traffic Management Plan. All vehicles accessing the site had to be Crossrail compliant, and in line with the directives given by Traffic Marshals. All plant/pedestrian interfaces had to be managed around the nominated site storage area, with segregated walking zones provided and Banksman present during the transportation and lifting into position of all materials for the works.
As a result of some of the client programme delays, RJ Power was presented with a number of resourcing conflictions due to requirements on concurrent projects. Close communication and liaison between the project teams was vital in highlighting any potential risks and providing a safe and comprehensive solution. RJ Power’s role as team player with a collaborative working approach was commended by VFL Head of Commercial Andy Gardiner, who praised the project team for their fantastic achievement in helping to achieve 500,000 project delivery hours without any incidents or accidents following completion of a major blockade at the end of 2016.
Installing a rare joint
As part of this complex E&P scope, RJ Power was also asked to complete a unique and rare joint at Ilford Depot.
The existing cable (25kV) was installed in 1959 and was a Mass Impregnated Non Draining cable. RJ Power was asked to joint this to a modern XLPE cable, using a unique joint that needed commissioning by specialist Tyco in Germany.
With an 8-10 week lead-time on the joint, careful planning was needed. The residual risk being that if the joint, on arrival from Germany, did not fit the two separate cables or was unsuitable, the programme would have been severely disrupted.
RJ Power engaged its procurement and logistics team, which managed the purchase and shipping of the joint in close liaison with Tyco, to enable seamless delivery of this specialist joint.
The company’s skilled jointers then took over to deliver this high-risk element of the works, successfully completing them and delivering a first class solution, the sort of which RJ Power’s experienced electrical team thrives upon.