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At SSE Enterprise Contracting, we work with our customers to develop long term relationships that help to ensure uninterrupted operation of their business.  An example how this works for our customers is at a UK publishers of one of the nation most renowned newspapers, where we deliver electrical engineering expertise in the installation and maintenance of the high voltage and low voltage electrical networks at two major print plants.

The printing company had premises in south London since 1989, but in 2012 took the decision to move to a smaller, more cost-efficient site in Essex. We had already successfully installed the electrical systems for their print facility in Oxfordshire, so when their new purpose built print hall was in the early planning stage, the Technical Director had complete confidence in commissioning SSE to design and install the complex high voltage and low voltage power network at the new site.

Newsprint presses are power hungry and require a resilient and robust electrical network to deliver the high speed volumes required for national daily and weekend news titles. At each of the Oxfordshire and Essex locations 8MW of incoming electrical supply was installed and fed into 11kV rings. Across both sites, 18 transformers distributed power to the presses and all associated equipment and when the presses are running, power continuity is critical so N+1 back-up generators were installed to ensure fail safe mechanisms are in place.  Lighting systems, including very high bay fitments, data cabling and fire and security systems were also installed to help keep the building operations running smoothly. 

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