When tasked with specifying the fuel transfer pipework system for a Spanish data centre’s emergency back-up power generator, Tavicce turned to the PLX system from Aliaxis, due to its long design life and reliability.
While they may rarely have to be used, back-up power generators are an essential feature in data centres across the world – they ensure that, even in the event of a power failure, the building’s computer system is still provided with power and no data is lost.
The generator’s fuel pipework system also plays an essential role in this, supplying fuel from storage tanks through to the diesel generator, which in turn provides power.
During the construction of a new data processing centre in Madrid, Tavicce, the PLX distribution partner in Spain, was tasked with specifying the fuel pipework system.
Due to fuel potentially sitting in the pipework, unused, for long periods of time, it was crucial that the pipework was both corrosion resistant and would remain ready for use, for whenever the back-up generator was required.
Joaquin Ortiz, Managing Director at Tavicce, commented: “Our client came to us looking for a reliable fuel transfer pipework system to be installed at the data centre. We have been distributing the PLX system from Aliaxis in Spain for many years, with applications varying from petrol stations to non-forecourt projects, including commercial sites, diesel generators and data centres.
“It was a result of our comprehensive experience with PLX, combined with the system’s quality, durability and comprehensive product range (including all joints, fittings and transition fittings) that led to the specification of PLX on this particular project.”
The PLX pipework system from Aliaxis is designed specifically for fuel transfer applications, being suitable for use with leaded and unleaded petroleum, diesel, bio-diesel and fuel oils.
Manufactured from polyethylene with an internal permeation barrier, the system offers corrosion resistance and a 30-year design life.
Providing an advantage over traditional materials, not only does this result in cost savings, with minimal maintenance or upkeep required, but it also provides the assurance of consistent flow rates and clean, non-contaminated fuel whenever the pipework is called into use.
800 metres of PLX secondary containment pipe system – including pipes, fittings and transition fittings – were successfully installed over a three-week period, with the customer extremely happy with the end result.
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