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A robust rail disaster recovery plan can help mitigate the risks associated with grid blackouts or power equipment failures. Our eGuide is designed to help you formulate a rail disaster recovering plan to help avoid safety issues and accidents, service delays or cancellations, reputational damage, financial penalties or economic loss. Follow our eight top tips when preparing your rail contingency plan.

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Contingency planning for power failure in the rail sector

Contingency

planning for

power failure in

the rail sector.

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Contingency planning for power failure in the rail sector

Contingency planning for power failure in the rail sector

Failing to prepare your rail operations for grid blackouts or

power equipment failures can lead to:

These risks can be mitigated

by developing a robust rail

disaster recovery plan.

Safety issues

Reputational damage

Accidents

Financial penalties

Service delays

Economic loss

Cancellations

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Contingency planning for power failure in the rail sector

Contingency planning for power failure in the rail sector

Effective contingency planning is vital to ensure speedy

business recovery in the event of:

Fire

Flood

Weather disruption

Power Contingency Plan

Explosion

National grid failure

Equipment breakdown

Any other emergency

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Contingency planning for power failure in the rail sector

Contingency planning for power failure in the rail sector

Whilst disaster recovery planning is common practice

in the rail industry to ensure business continuity, the

provision of power is sometimes overlooked, despite

being a main requirement to aid recovery.

Producing a Power Contingency Plan where

back-up power options are considered is, therefore,

a business imperative.

What should a robust strategy contain?

This guide looks into eight key tips for rail management to

consider when preparing a contingency plan for back-up

temporary power.

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Critically examine your existing emergency planning procedures

TIP

Does your existing disaster recovery plan cover every emergency power scenario?

Ensure your contingency plan considers back-up power for each

critical asset across your site or rail network including:

Train

Stations

Regional Operating

Centres

Signalling

Sites

Telecommunications

Infrastructure

Data

Centres

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Critically examine your existing emergency planning procedures

TIP

Does your power contingency plan have sufficient operational detail?

Have you addressed the following questions:

What emergency power equipment do you need?

Who will supply it?

Where it will be installed?

How will equipment be delivered to each location?

Have you accounted for structural upgrades or plant changes?

Has your plan been updated in the last 12 months?

If the answer is NO, now is the time to fill in the gaps!

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Identify your equipment requirements

TIP

Conduct site surveys across your entire rail network, assessing your

temporary power needs. Formulate a detailed equipment list.

Make sure the surveys take account of any special requirements, such as:

High voltage power

Access restrictions

Specialist signalling voltage requirements

Locations where noise reduction is key

Space restrictions

Locations where low emissions are key

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Identify your equipment requirements

TIP

You may need to use a generator hire company to cover your

equipment needs. If so, make sure you negotiate emergency rates and

understand your supplier’s response times to each site.

Remember!

Aggreko can conduct free site surveys to give you a

list of both critical power and temperature control equipment.

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Plan the logistics, including site access

TIP

Don’t overlook the speedy deployment and delivery of all

contingency equipment to each site.

Consider the following transport challenges:

Do you need a traffic

management system,

police clearance or

escorts to site?

Is the delivery to

a remote location

or congested city

centre?

Will specialist

transport or all-

terrain vehicles be

required?

How do you deliver

during a blackout,

storm or widespread

road closures?

Is the

Is there

space to

unload?

location free

of rail power

lines?

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Installation – prepare a connection plan

TIP

Work out the fastest installation plan so you

can ‘Plug & Play’ equipment as quickly as possible.

Consider space constraints

The size, shape and footprint of rail generators can

vary widely. Map out specific equipment location sites

across your rail network on a plan.

Consider connections

Produce a cabling plan to ensure easy connection

points to the mains supply for all rail infrastructure.

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Continuity of supply

TIP

Devise a generator maintenance plan to prevent disruption to your rail services.

Fuel management

Plan where you would site fuel

tanks, or even better select

generators with integrated tanks

to save space.

Generator monitoring

Request 24/7 remote

monitoring technology

to keep watch on assets,

helping prevent failures

and downtime.

Automation

If a site’s mains supply is

unreliable, generators can

be set up with an Automatic

Mains Failure (AMF) panel. This

monitors the grid’s incoming

supply and if it dips, the

generator automatically takes

over until it is re-instated.

Decide whether fuel

management will be managed

by the equipment supplier or

your own team.

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Consider the most suitable equipment for each application

TIP

While speed is important in rail emergency power situations, with careful

pre-planning you can also ensure the most suitable solutions are utilised.

Here are some examples of different types of power generation equipment and when to use them:

Equipment

Suitable for….

Specialist high voltage solutions:

Trackside signalling work, especially when switchgear or transformers fail.

Gas generators:

Long rental periods if mains gas is available, offering lower emissions and a cheap fuel (dependent on gas market price).

Secure containerised generators:

Remote locations, unmanned areas, or crime hotspots, where security can be an issue.

Load-on-demand generators:

Applications with variable power requirements and where low emissions and fuel savings are important.

Hybrid power solutions:

When noise needs to be kept to a minimum and when power demands are low.

Particulate filtration units:

Reducing particulate matter emissions when environmental targets are important.

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Check your emergency power supplier’s certification and safety record

TIP

Check that any supplier is fully approved to work in the rail industry and meets

stringent quality, safety and environmental standards.

Rate your supplier against this checklist:

Meets NCCA (National Competency Control Agency) standards,

normally via Achilles RISQS certification.

Qualified service engineers are Personal Track Safety (PTS) certified.

Fuel management and servicing processes are fully ADR compliant.

Excellent previous safety record.

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Ensure proper coordination

TIP

A contingency plan will only be effective if it is properly

communicated across your organisation.

Make sure key staff and third

party suppliers e.g. estates

management, mechanical and

electrical contractors, caretakers

etc, are aware of the plan and

their roles and responsibilities

are assigned and understood.

Ensure a 24/7 hotline through to

your emergency power supplier.

Have your engineers

on stand-by to oversee the

set-up of the equipment.

24/7

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How can Aggreko help?

Aggreko’s wide range of power generation, heating, cooling and moisture control

solutions address the needs of the rail industry in a cost-effective manner.

Our UK rail division is RISQS accredited and provides

24/7 nationwide service. This ensures your rental

equipment will be delivered and installed in the

shortest possible time-frames, with minimal disruption.

Our railway experts will work with you to create a list

of required equipment for your power and temperature

control needs. Contact us to get a quick quote or

to book a free on-site consultation.

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A snapshot of our services

Super silent canopy

& container generators

Secure containerised

generators

Fuel

High voltage

solutions

Remote monitoring

technology

management

Gas

Hybrid

power

Humidity control

equipment

Chillers & temperature

control equipment

generators

Heaters

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