A provider of asset management services to power network operators, EA Technology, has been commissioned to introduce a condition-based maintenance programme for 23 Ministry of Defence (MoD) power networks.
Commissioned by engineering support services organisation, Babcock, the programme will reduce the risk of network shutdowns and lower the cost of asset replacement across strategic MoD sites it manages in the South East of England. Providing tailored combinations of technical services and specialist consultancy, EA Technology’s condition-based programmes enable more effective management of power networks based on asset criticality and condition.
The project for the Babcock-maintained MoD networks involves the provision of health indices, transformer oil analysis and substation assessments to transformers and high voltage (HV) switchgear units. EA Technology is also training Babcock personnel to carry out partial discharge surveys and oil sampling of transformers and switchgear units, as part of the project. Survey details and oil samples taken by these trained personnel will be sent to EA Technology, which will analyse the results and provide full health index reports on switchgear and transformers.
The programme will enable Babcock to make better informed asset management decisions across the portfolio of MoD power networks. A spokesperson for Babcock said: “We pride ourselves on providing effective and efficient management services to critical property portfolios. So, when it came to delivering cutting-edge, robust and secure asset maintenance services to valuable MoD sites, we selected EA Technology because of its reputation as a safe pair of hands in assisting network performance maximisation.” Anne McIntosh, Asset Management
Director, EA Technology, added: “Babcock provides estate management services to a number of vitally important MoD locations, which require secure and reliable power networks at all times. Our life-cycle approach, full service offering and extensive sector expertise ensures we are perfectly placed to help meet these requirements. “By working in partnership with EA Technology to introduce this condition-based maintenance programme, we are confident that Babcock will be able to significantly reduce costly maintenance requirements and the risk of asset failures.”