Precision Switchgear & Controls continues to establish themselves as Ireland’s leading experts in the design and manufacture of Low Voltage Switchgear and Electrical Control Panels with their latest project on 200MW battery energy storage facility in Co. Offaly for Suir Engineering.
The Co. Tyrone based company have delivered 30 panels from main switchgear to PLC Scada systems and Independent Protection Control Boards to the landmark €300 million energy storage project located near Lumcloon and Shannonbridge.
The new facilities are based on state-of the-art battery storage technology and consist of 2 x 100MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) that, once completed, will be amongst the largest in Europe and are intended to play a vital role in expanding Ireland’s renewable energy capacity for the future, by ultimately increasing the stability of the grid and improving reliability of electricity supply to consumers.
Once operational, the BESS will be a highly effective and efficient source of backup power to the grid, offering high availability with minimal down time for maintenance outages. The facility is seen as a significant step in Ireland’s bid to meet future climate targets and its transition to a renewable-based electricity grid.
Working out of their modern 8,000 sq ft purpose-built office suite and production facilities, Precision were able to call on the switchgear and control systems expertise of their core staff of electrical engineers to successfully produce each MSB to the client’s exact requirements.
Technical details for each board:
• Free standing, ASTA Certified, cubical type switchboard.
• Switchboard suitable for front cable access, bottom cable entry, top/ bottom cable exit.
• Switchboard will comply with BS EN 61439-2 Form 4 Type 6 and BS EN 60529 IP54.
• Main Bus Bars will be rated at 1600A and have a short circuit withstand of 50kA for one second
• 2 x 1600 withdrawable 4P ACB with ML6.0P (LSIG -Power) with programmable contacts
• 16 x MCCB ML 5.2 Feeder (LSI)
• Deepsea Changeover and Metering
• Surge Type 1 & 2
Commenting on the company’s part in one of Ireland’s largest renewable energy projects to date, Michael Connolly, Sales Director at Precision Switchgear & Controls, said, “It has been a pleasure working on the Lumcloon Energy project and we’re extremely proud to be a part of a landmark scheme for Ireland like the Lumcloon and Shannonbridge BESS. This recent delivery of four bespoke MSB’s, six Independent Protection Panels, four ESB Interface Panels and numerous PLC Scada Panels is just the first instalment of numerous phases of works we are carrying out on what’s already been an exciting and challenging project. We’ve now secured the works to complete the changeover panels for the main site power.”
Since it was first established in 2012, Precision Switchgear & Controls has grown quickly to become the partner of choice for many of Ireland’s electrical contractors largely down to its well known reputation for quality and the word of mouth from satisfied customers.
The company has experience working across a number of sectors including food and drink, building services, energy, municipal water and wastewater, industrial water and effluent treatment, mineral processing and materials handling, factory automation, infrastructure – rail, airports and shipping.
Other major projects Precision has been involved in include the Unite Student Accommodation in Liverpool, a mushroom growing, packaging and distribution centre in East Yorkshire, the Hyde Park Ambient Warehouse in Mallusk, Co. Antrim, Holiday Inn hotel in Manchester, Premier Inn Hotel’s in London and other chains throughout the UK & Ireland.
Michael commented, “Our talented staff bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to every project we work on and the fact that all equipment is manufactured to each individual customer’s requirements with strict quality procedures means that we can ensure reliable, cost effective solutions.
“We provide flexible and economic solutions to suit all switchgear and control applications including HV Equipment & Package Sub Stations, Main LV Distribution Switchgear, Sub LV Distribution Switchgear and more.
“At Precision Switchgear & Controls, our aim is to be the partner of choice for the electrical contracting industry and our work on projects such as the Lumcloon and Shannonbridge BESS serves as a further testament to our confidence in our future and the quality of our work.”