When a key powder coating supplier to Chesterfield-based Oxdale Products went into administration, Oxdale Managing Director Chris Butcher decided to take over the process himself to ensure minimum disruption to his company’s manufacture of agricultural and forestry machinery.
So he acquired the previous supplier’s equipment and agreed to take on the employees – but then found that getting a gas supply to a new building could potentially take months…and seriously impact on costs.
After visits from numerous engineers and a potential delay of several months, Chris turned to the Siteworks divison of Energy Assets, who visited and surveyed the site within four days of the initial contact. Siteworks’ Technical Account Manager Richard Collinson came up with a suggested design approach with a schedule of works lasting just 3 weeks.
Said Chris Butcher: “It was refreshing to find a utilities company who were flexible and took on board my needs. The engineer explained the process, and made it clear exactly what could be delivered.
“After I’d raised payment, the new medium pressure supply and metering works were completed within 3 weeks. Another bonus was the fact that I needed the pipe laid on site prior to the works commencement date so that I could back fill the trenches, and Energy Assets accommodated my request.”
Work started on the project on December 3, and involved creating a 63mm tapping tee connection to an existing medium pressure gas service and laying a 63mm service over 48m to the new building. Siteworks also traced the existing gas service on site back to a suitable isolation point, and then cut and capped the supply.
A U65 MP270 meter module, suitable for providing the required load of 550 kW/h (with a maximum load of 703 kW/h), was installed in a kiosk as part of the Gas Industry Registration Scheme (GIRS) design approved by network owner. The new gas supply installation was completed just six days after starting on site.
The meter asset will be owned and managed by Energy Assets over its lifetime, with a data logger automatically providing consumption data to Oxdale’s gas supplier.
Said Chris: “It definitely made my life easier being able to go to one company who could take care of everything gas related on the site - it took away the pain of coordinating everything myself. I’d definitely recommend Energy Assets, and their ‘can do’ approach.”
Oxdale was established by Chris Butcher in 2008, and began by manufacturing one model of log splitter. Today, the company produces more than 10 different models of log splitters and has expanded into new product areas, including grassland management and a range of woodchippers.
The new premises will enable to company to increase output to meet growing demand for its products.
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