Powering up the network: ADComms wins contract to begin Scotland’s first battery replacement project

Date: June 2015

Telecoms specialist ADComms (ADComms) is set to power up Scotland’s telecoms network with a battery replacement upgrade after winning a prestigious new contract.

ADComms will work on the first battery replacement project in Scotland in an upgrade of Network Rail’s FTN (Fixed Telecom Network). The company will assume responsibility for the product design and selection and subsequent procurement, installation and commissioning of the new units and for the safe removal and disposal of existing systems.

Network Rail’s maintenance engineers identified that the battery systems in place across 97 locations in Scotland are now approaching end of life – with power failure having the potential to adversely impact the FTN telecoms network, and subsequently rail services within the region.

The replacement project, which will span from Helensburgh to Dumfries, is part of a proactive maintenance programme aimed at minimising the risk of failure on telecoms transmission sites through the installation of new battery back-up systems for the network at key FTN transmission sites.

These systems, the majority of which are 12 FTA 155 models, will support the transition site for a minimum of 12 hours in the event of a power failure. Work has now begun on site.

Senior project manager Craig Laidlaw said:

“We are delighted to announce our first major contract win and are thrilled to be taking on such a key role in upgrading Scotland’s network. Our extensive knowledge and experience of working across similar projects were key factors in gaining the contract. We are proud to keep Scotland’s network going with this battery replacement upgrade.”

The project represents the biggest contract win for the ADComms’ Glasgow office since opening last year. Work has now begun on site.

In a related piece of work, ADComms is reviewing smart power options including the introduction of combined battery, wind, and solar sites. Typically these would provide support to the network in remote locations where mains power is difficult to access. A potential solution is currently undergoing testing at the Scunthorpe engineering premises.

For more information, please contact St John White or Natalia Gameson at Prova on 01926 776900.