Durapipe PLX ensures power for InTechnology Data Centre

Our specialist fuel pipework system, Durapipe PLX, has been installed within a state-of-the-art data centre development for InTechnology in Reading.

The project has seen a 1970’s office building converted into a purpose-designed high–tech data centre for InTechnology. The facility has next generation ‘energy efficient’ technology and equipment throughout and is designed to provide reliable, secure and affordable co-location. The Reading data centre has 15,000 ft² of hosting space offering a variety of solutions including full rack colocation, managed colocation and private suites.

The new data centre required a superior fuel pipework solution to work within the back-up power system, providing fuel oil to the generators in the case of an emergency. Power and Installation experts P&I Generators was tasked with supplying and fitting the data centre with a pipework system that would effectively transport fuel to the generators in order keep the data centre processes active should a power failure occur.

P&I Generators needed a system that would ensure fuel did not leak out into the ground, causing damage to the environment. As a result, Durapipe PLX close-fit pipework was installed to run from the bulk fuel tank, which holds Class A diesel fuel, to each of the three generators that power the data centre in case of an emergency.

Durapipe PLX is a specialist pipework solution that is designed to convey a variety of fuel blends, and is manufactured in a robust polyethylene material that provides excellent resistance to long term stress cracking. Additionally, its impressive durability gives it a design life of 30 years – making it ideal for use in emergency power applications, where it is imperative to install a system that does not need to be regularly maintained or replaced.

Commenting on the installation, Paul Benfield, managing director of P&I Generators, said: “We needed to find a product that would be secure and that has long-term capabilities. The installation of PLX was simple and quick and its durability made it a very cost effective solution for this project.”

The Durapipe PLX portfolio offers complete flexibility as it is available in both Close-Fit and Pipe-In-Pipe secondary contained pipework systems in sizes 32mm – 315mm. With an easy to use electrofusion jointing system, Durapipe PLX also has a wide range of fittings and transition fittings to suit these systems.