Littlebrook control room recovery

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Littlebrook control room recovery

Postby Lucien Nunes » Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:32 pm

After a long time away from the front line, I'm pleased to say that the EK lift'n'shift dept is back in action. Dave and I have both had other commitments that have made it difficult to progress much so far this year but last week saw a return to form with the recovery of the Littlebrook power station standby control room equipment. We now have our very own substation control panel, that previously controlled the old 66kV and later 132kV air-insulated installation at the Littlebrook site near the Dartford Thames crossing. This has recently been upgraded to gas-insulated, making the control panel and its more modern replacement redundant. Nigel Godden, a senior engineer at the station responsible for commissioning the new equipment, kindly arranged for us to obtain the redundant plant for conservation including the early multiplexed link that tied the new panel in the operational D-station to the original.

I'll do a feature on this installation when Richard and I do some website upgrades; in the meantime here are a few pics from the move, carried out by Edward (& his crane), Bernard, Dave and myself, along with Nigel who kindly lent a hand to speed things along.

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The main control panel with 132kV section to left, original alarms and clocks centre, 66kV to right
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132kv Section.jpg
Closer view of part of the 132kV side of the panel
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Craning 66kV.jpg
66kV panel leaves the building for the first time in many years. This is the older and simpler part of the panel
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Edward nudges the 66kV section into place on the lorry using his remote control. Part of 132kV sub visible in the background
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Complete panel in position.jpg
The panel in its new home, standing on blocks to allow final positioning to take place
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