Power outages a cause for concern

Posted on 17 Oct 2019 and read 583 times
Power outages a cause for concernMany manufacturers are in danger of experiencing significant downtime during a power failure, because one quarter of UK energy decision makers do not have a contingency plan in place.

Research commissioned by Aggreko (a supplier of temporary power generation equipment) and based on feedback from 200 UK energy decision makers found that although 82% described power continuity as a “major or significant concern”, many do not have a plan in place in case of an outage.

Chris Rason, UK managing director of Aggreko, said: “There are a number of considerations that UK industry must check when it comes to implementing a contingency plan that works.

“Whether it is checking the accessibility of the site or whether the connection requirements for cabling or pipework modifications are compatible with the replacement items, the contingency plan needs thorough planning for it to be effective.”

In its latest industry report Planning for failure: How robust is your contingency plan?, Aggreko has created a guide to ensure there are ‘no stones left unturned’ when it comes to planning for an emergency outage.

Mr Rason added: “We have seen a growing number of headlines about the fragility of the national grid, and many companies appear ill-prepared for the impact.

“As highlighted by the recent power outage experienced across London and the surrounding areas, UK industry cannot afford to sit back and wait for things to improve.

“Implementing a contingency plan has a number of benefits, in addition to reassurance and protecting reputations.”

Aggreko’s report is available to download from the Web site (www.aggreko.com/contingency).

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