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Move to Regulate Heat Networks Welcomed by Altecnic

Altecnic fully supports the recommendation from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to introduce regulation of heat networks in Great Britain and urges rapid progress to implementation.
Says Gary Perry, Managing Director at Altecnic, “The need for regulation is overdue as the market has evolved rapidly over recent years. It will provide the specifier with clarity and improve the end user’s experience with heat networks and is a vital next step if we as a nation are serious about decarbonising heat production for the home.
“Such regulation will also help to improve and remove the number of poorly performing systems currently in operation. It will provide the industry with a better understanding and informed specification will lead to better quality heat networks so that in addition to reducing energy, the end user has an efficient system that provides reliable heating and hot water even at times of maximum demand.
“We have been working for a number of years to increase the UK’s knowledge base and promote good design practice. Ultimately a well-designed and installed system should benefit all parties, save energy, save on cost – both during installation and with future heating bills, and provide a reliable source of hot water.”
As part of its commitment to championing good design practices for district heating systems in the UK, Altecnic has developed a series of CIBSE approved CPD seminars. It also has a strong track record of leading the way in developing technological advances to further improve efficiencies from network heating systems.
A good example is the SATK32 electronic HIU which has passed the highly respected BESA HIU test. Utilising, motor driven, fast acting electronically controlled valves, the SATK32 ensures rapid response to apartment demand, exceptional efficiency, unique features while protecting the network from inefficiency and failure. The MODbus output also offers remote commissioning, configuration, fault finding and heat network interrogation.
Concludes Gary, “A good system needs to be designed correctly, installed properly and commissioned well to maximise efficiency and be reliable for the end user to maximise their comfort. If class leading products like the SATK32 are utilised then it really is a win win for all parties. Regulating heat networks will raise the standard and prevent sub-standard solutions from being commissioned. We would urge the industry to now move rapidly and implement regulations and police it, as suggested by the CMA, using Ofgem.”


Drainage surveys support Dover Western Docks Revival development

Drainage engineers from Lanes Group plc have been carrying out detailed CCTV camera surveys around the Port of Dover as part of the flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.
Hundreds of meters of surface water drainage pipes running into the current Western Docks have required surveying before construction teams start the utilities phase of the project.
John Gilbert, Area Development Manager for Lanes Sevenoaks, said: “As is often the case, records for drains installed many years ago are not complete, so at the start of such development projects a full site survey of all drainage is needed.
“Our CCTV drainage survey reports will allow civil engineers working on the DWDR development to decide which drains can be blocked off, which need to be diverted and where new surface water drains need to be installed.”
Lanes deployed a jet vac tanker and a CCTV drainage survey team to carry out the drainage investigations and surveys.
The jet vac tanker was used to jet clean drain lines, allowing the CCTV drainage survey teams to use robotic cameras and push-rod cameras to record HD-quality video of the pipes, revealing their condition.
John Gilbert said: “The project has tested the detective skills of drainage engineers as they’ve followed and plotted drain lines across the docks.
“It has been a case of joining dots to create a complete, detailed and highly accurate map of the drainage system which architects and civil engineers will use to help them draw up detailed development plans for the exciting DWDR project.”
The Port of Dover achieved Government approval in 2012 to develop the Western Docks, providing the opportunity to unlock the many benefits to both the Port and the wider East Kent region.
DWDR represents a one-off opportunity for the regeneration of Dover. It will deliver two deep-water berths and a new refrigerated cargo terminal (RCT), along with hectares of reclaimed land for future port-centric development, releasing space within the Eastern Docks for ferry traffic.
The DWDR plans also include a new 250 berth marina in the outer harbour, connected to the existing Wellington Dock through a navigational lock channel, and a transformed public realm waterfront through the creation of a new marina pier and marina curve.


Drewlec replaces fire system at Twickenham Plating Group Ltd., Poole

Bournemouth-based Drewlec, the electrical services arm of The Drewitt Group, has worked alongside Twickenham Plating Group Ltd. for more than 20 years providing fire safety services and has recently introduced the latest state-of-the-art fire system to ensure health and safety compliance and Fire Risk Assessment.
Following the installation of its fire system in 1996, it came to the end of its economic life. The team discussed requirements with the client to finalise a plan for a replacement system.
The plating process creates a challenging environment, which meant that the new fire alarm system had to be designed to take this into consideration. Working closely with the client, a detailed programme of works was agreed and the new system was installed over a two week period, avoiding the busiest production periods.
Richard Drewitt, managing director of The Drewitt Group, commented: “The longstanding partnership with Twickenham Plating Group has been fantastic for us all at The Drewitt Group, we’ve worked closely alongside them in order to provide ongoing advice and guidance as to the systems that they require.”
Penny Bridge, health and safety manager of Twickenham Plating Group Ltd., added: “We have many years of excellent customer service provided by Richard and his team. They have provided excellent guidance and support on the requirements to meet our fire safety responsibilities.”
The Drewitt Group also services and maintains the emergency lighting and fire extinguishers at the establishment, along with providing a comprehensive package of works and long term advice.

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