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Ellis Patents secures power station deal

Cable cleat manufacturer, Ellis Patents, has secured a major order for its Vulcan trefoil cleats and new FlexiStrap short circuit straps to be installed throughout RWE npower’s new power station near Pembroke in South Wales.

Holding power at Pembroke – Ellis Patents Vulcan trefoil cleat and its FlexiStrap short circuit strap

The state-of-the-art 2000MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station is currently under construction and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2012.

The North Yorkshire company’s products were specified by Irish electrical contractor, Dornan Engineering Services following presentations given by its UK distributor, ETS Cable Components. These demonstrated how the Vulcan cleats and FlexiStrap short circuit straps would meet the high safety requirements of the contract while also saving valuable installation time and cost against other manufacturer’s cleats

Stephen Crawley, Ellis Patents UK Sales Manager said: “Securing the specification for this project was extremely difficult, but ETS once again demonstrated their worth by delivering excellent technical presentations that enabled them to demonstrate the benefits of our products over those named in the original specification.”

Ellis Patents Vulcan cable cleats are available for trefoil, single, quad and bundled cable applications where moderate levels of short circuit withstand are required. They are manufactured in type 316 stainless steel in order to offer the ultimate protection against the harshest conditions, and their compact design allows easy installation where space is limited. Furthermore, all Vulcan cleats come with an integral LSF Zero Halogen Polymeric liner and base pad that protects and cushions cables during short circuit conditions.

Launched last year, the FlexiStrap is designed specifically for use with trefoil cable applications where the highest level of short circuit withstand is required. It is available in standard (SD) and heavy-duty (HD) variants for use with Ellis Patents Vulcan + and Emperor cleats respectively, and is manufactured in 316L stainless steel meaning it can withstand the harshest of conditions. The strap has been short circuited tested in accordance with IEC61914 (2009) and can be installed quickly and easily using just a standard ratchet handle and spanner.

Once complete Pembroke Power Station will comprise five generating units, each around 400MW, with the combined ability to generate power for around three and a half million homes. The plant has created around 90 long term, high quality jobs and will bring a long term benefit to the local economy of around £10 million each year.

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