Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Effective Power Plant Security: Coal Fired Power Generation

Protection with effective perimeter security holds paramount importance for large-scale industries. Outdoor perimeters need securing against the threat of theft, vandalism and potentially even terrorism.

In previous blog posts we have referenced some of the high profile industrial sites where our security systems have been installed. These include:
  • Explosives stores (British China Clay 26 km site)
  • Petrochemical plants (BP, & Chevron) 
  • Nuclear Power Plants (BNFL)
Having British Government approvals for our security products means these sites can have confidence in the standard and reliability of our equipment. Read more on our post Credibility Is Key When It Comes To Security.

Power generation is without doubt one of the most important industrial sectors in the world. We have already mentioned power plant security for nuclear powered sites but what about gas and coal-fired plants?

Let us stop for a moment and look at some interesting power generation statistics:

United States Of America
  • In 2011 coal fired plants accounted for 42% of the country's electricity production (click here for more details) 
  • In 2011 nuclear power plants accounted for 19.2% of the country's electricity production
United Kingdom
  • In 2011 coal fired plants accounted for 30% of the country's electricity production
  • In  2011 nuclear power plants provided circa 16% of the country's electricity production (click here to read more)
These figures will of course change over the coming years, particularly as the trend towards multi-fuel power plants increases. A good example is Ferrybridge in West Yorkshire, England. It is one of the UK's biggest coal-fired power generation sites and is set for expansion with the construction of a new multi-fuel plant. Their coal-fired operations, however, remain vital to the country's electricity needs and it there that our Flexiguard™ perimeter detection system protects the palisade perimeter fence.

Listed in the British Government Security Catalogue, Flexiguard™ is a product with a proven track record of efficiency and reliability over many years and on many sites including military base perimeters.

What's more the power of Flexiguard™ goes way beyond the industrial sector. It even protects globally important historic sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza! Now there is a site which generates power of a different kind!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Flying Perimeter Security Expert

Perimeter security experts are usually knowledgeable and talented people. That much cannot be denied. After all, they have to be in order to provide perimeter security solutions that are reliable and effective.

Our own Technical Director Andy Moon is one such person. What's more, he's no slouch when it comes to taking on a new skill as this video shows. Filmed from the back of a small plane, Andy is seen at the controls after take-off from Cumbernauld Airport to fly over Stirling and Dunblane.

So where are the perimeter security connections in such a video? First of all, airport security is something Andy knows a lot about. He has been involved in providing security systems for airport perimeters for a number of years. Here is a good example - the Hyderabad Airport perimeter security project for which our company was a key provider of security know-how and technology in 2008. The airport needed a system to protect its perimeter of over 17 kilometres (over 10 miles) against a number of threats from vandalism to theft and terrorism.

Secondly, at around 27 seconds into the video clip you will see smoke in the distance. This is the Norbord factory at Cowie. An international forest products company with its HQ in Canada, what you can see in the video is one of their two MDF lines (the other is in Deposit, New York). Manufacturing and processing facilities need good perimeter security and, again, Andy is extremely familiar with this type of requirement having been involved in providing security for manufacturers of different kinds. A good example is Toyota's main car production line in Europe at Burnaston where our perimeter detection technology is installed to protect more than 35 zones at the factory.

Away from the subject of security for a moment and back to the video, can you spot the Bannockburn Monument?  To be honest it's not easy to spot so if you can't see it, don't worry. The important thing is to realise the significant history in view in this video clip. The modern monument was built just above the site where the two sides are understood to have camped on the eve of the Battle Of Bannockburn. Speaking of historic sites and monuments, that appropriately brings us back to perimeter security once more. In case you missed it, click here to read the story of how we provided special floodlighting protection for the Wallace Monument.