The Contingency Plan Scheme, devised in partnership with Aggreko, is designed to provide a 4-6 hour bespoke response to an emergency situation, with the aim of rapidly re-establishing cooling and minimising disruption to the business operations of a wide range of sectors for which cooling is essential.
Star Refrigeration sales engineer, Dr Lewis Brown, who developed and implemented the first Chiller Contingency Plan together with refrigeration customer Campbells Prime Meats and commercial power generation and temperature control partner Aggreko, said, “Every business needs to be prepared for the worst, as there are certain events you just can’t control, such as technical failure or flooding. By working with customers to put a cooling contingency plan in place, we can ensure an appropriate site specific response with the necessary temporary cooling and power equipment in less than six hours.”
The Star Refrigeration Contingency Plan is tailored to each customer and site. It includes a full site survey to identify temporary equipment requirements, plant location and capability, and routes for pipework and electrical cables. By identifying and analysing potential risks, Star is able to anticipate, effectively manage and mitigate the consequences of any emergency situation caused by plant room or control panel fire or flood, major plant failure, heat exchanger failure or power failure.
Stephen Sweeney, Campbells Prime Meat financial director, said, “We rely on a secure, efficient and robust refrigeration system. We place great importance on our relationship with Star Refrigeration and believe that this contingency plan will give us security and peace of mind to fully focus on maintaining a successful business and growing it for the future.
“In order to accommodate emergency machinery at our plant in Linlithgow, Star carried out several modifications to the glycol system so that the provisional system can now be connected into the main flow and return headers almost instantaneously with no disruption to our business operations.”
Businesses registered onto the Contingency Plan also benefit from a seamless transition to a temporary cooling solution if needed and priority access to Aggreko and Star Refrigeration’s fleet with an ability to reserve equipment so it is always on standby.
Additionally, the plan is said to cover against potential economic loss associated with loss of cooling, and ensures there are no issues associated with payment and equipment authorisation.
As well as potentially reducing a business’ insurance premium, the contingency plan will also include an annual review of each site, assessing for changes in layout access and capability.