Leeds GSC First Phase Energisation

Leeds GSC First Phase Energisation

Leeds General Infirmary Generating Station Complex (GSC) First Phase Energisation

Leeds General Infirmary Generating Station Complex (GSC) HV Switchgear replacement project – the first phase has now been energised.

To meet the increasing electrical load requirements of Leeds Royal Infirmary Powersystems successfully secured a £1.2m contract with ENGIE to replace the HV switchgear against strong local competition.

The added complexity of replacing the existing HV switchboard and NER in 4 phases within the existing HV Switchroom, showcases Powersystems technical ability.   Our reputation for exceeding expectations on technical know-how, quality and safety being the major contributor to our success.

Whilst ENGIE Services Ltd responsible for the wider contract to replace and upgrade the generation and HV/LV infrastructure feeding Leeds General Infirmary buildings, Powersystems scope was to deliver the following:

  • Design, supply, install and commission a new 17 Panel 11kV Switchboard, including all protection relays and system interfacing.
  • Remove an existing 18 panel 11kV, Double Busbar Switchboard.
  • Carry out temporary diversions/connections on new and existing HV cabling to ensure the continued operation of the generating Station complex.
  • Carry out scheduled cable changeovers from existing to new HV equipment.
  • Supply and install a new Neutral Earthing Resistor Panel (NER) within the HV Switchroom, including all HV, earthing and control cabling.
  • Supply and install all control cabling between the new HV switchboard and Local HMI/DCS Panels.
  • Configure and commission relays for all Incomers, Generator Feeders and Transformer Feeders.
  • Use in house expertise to configure and commission relays to use the new communications protocol IEC 61850 allowing for remote circuit breaker operation and relay monitoring through HMI and DCS.
  • Supply and install 2 new 1500kVA, 11,000/415V KNAN Transformers as well as associated LV AWA Single Core cabling to the Main LV Panels.
  • Design, supply, install and commission a new 110V DC Battery Charger supplying the HV Switchboard, NER Panel, NER control panel and LV panels within the GSC.
  • Install cable containment throughout the GSC for new and existing HV/LV cable.
  • Provide all Operation and Maintenance manuals as well as onsite training for the operations staff.

Powersystems have worked very successfully throughout the deliver phases with our client and their sub-contractors, reinforcing our reputation for technical competency, flexibility and commercial integrity. 

This has subsequently led to our client inviting us to tender a number of further complex HV equipment replacement projects across the UK.

The image attached shows Powersystems Project Engineer Darren Sampson carrying out final commissioning checks on the new section of 11kV switchgear Powersystems have installed as the first phase of our client ENGIE’s project to replace the existing 18 panel 11kV double busbar switchboard at Leeds General Infirmary Generation Complex.

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Leeds Generating Station Complex Switchboard Replacement

Leeds Generating Station Complex Switchboard Replacement

Leeds General Infirmary Switchboard Replacement

Powersystems has been awarded the contract at the NHS Leeds Generating Station Complex (GSC), to change the double busbar 11kV switchboard.  The switchboard will be replaced as part of the energy centre upgrade works that are taking place under the management of Engie.

Engie has been awarded a contract to carry out a full refurbishment of the Leeds Generating Station Complex (GSC), jointly owned by the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. On completion of the refurbishment, Engie will operate and maintain (O&M) the facility for 25 years, guaranteeing energy savings during this period.

Leeds General Infirmary, also known as the LGI, is a large teaching hospital based in the centre of LeedsWest YorkshireEngland, and is part of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Its previous name The General Infirmary at Leeds is still sometimes used.

Leeds Generating Station Complex generates more than 50 MW of power

Located at Leeds General Infirmary, adjacent to the University of Leeds campus, the Leeds Generating Station Complex (GSC) generates more than 50 MW of steam as well as electrical power, hot water, chilled water, and compressed air for the two sites. The refurbishment will include a new 33kV high-voltage connection and sub-station in its first phase. The project will also involve replacement of heating, power and cooling equipment, including more than 15 MW of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units.

Crucially, Engie will ensure the Leeds Generating Station Complex remains operational throughout the refurbishment phase to minimise disruption to the university and the hospital.  A dedicated team of over 20 Engie operational and project staff are based at the Leeds Generating Station Complex.

Chris Slater Associate Director of Commercial & Procurement for Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said, “This contract underpins the future development of the Leeds General Infirmary site. Not only does it provide a resilient and safe power supply for our patients but also enables the Trust to introduce new technologies which will keep Leeds at the forefront of clinical innovation. In addition, Leeds Teaching Hospital and the University of Leeds partnership has provided wider citywide benefits, one of which is lower predictable costs of energy for many years to come.”

Dennis Hopper, Director of Facilities Management, University of Leeds said: “Over the coming years the University is investing £520m in a transformative development programme that will result in a world class campus at the heart of a vibrant city.  The Leeds Generating Station Complex investment is part of this ambition and when complete, will not only boost the resilience of present campus operations, but will provide the necessary infrastructure to support the University’s development.” 

Paul Rawson, Engie’s UK Divisional CEO for Energy Solutions commented: “As a leader in decentralised energy we are pleased to have secured this long term contract which will provide low carbon, efficient supply of energy to the campus site supporting their operations. This project will deliver the reliability and resilience demanded, whilst our ongoing management of the Leeds Generating Station Complex  will ensure the plant continues to deliver optimum energy performance with minimum carbon emissions into the future.”

 

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