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Article Date: 4th January 2013

AEI Cables Fire Performance (FP) Cables get Green Signal from London Underground

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AEI Cables, the cable design and manufacturing company based in County Durham UK, has announced London Underground approval for its Firetec fire performance (FP) cables for Sub Surface Railways Installations further bolstering the company’s reputation as trusted supplier of cables to the rail industry.

To meet demand for the latest high specification fire performance SWA cables, materials scientists at AEI recently developed new compounds for their Firetec Impact Power cable to fulfil the demanding sub surface (Section 12) requirements of London Underground.

Clive Sharp, AEI’s CEO says, “We are delighted that LUL has recognised the quality and capability of our Firetec FP cables range. These cables have all demonstrated compliance with the London Underground’s strict regime minimising smoke emission, halogenated gas, and flame propagation in Category 1 standard 1-085.”

“Our range demonstrates technical capability second to none built upon an understanding of the rigorous operational requirements of the modern rail industry. Where passenger safety is paramount there can be no compromise and no better fire protection cable range than AEI.”

Fully BASEC approved, the list of SWA ‘FP’ cables from AEI are Firetec Standard – a Standard Grade fire alarm & emergency lighting & control cable; Firetec Enhanced – an Enhanced Grade fire alarm & emergency lighting & control cable; Firetec Impact Power – a new high performance BS7846 & BS8491 F120 (BS8519) rated SWA cable and Firetec Power – a BS7846 F2 SWA cable which has also demonstrated ability to meet BS8434-2. The cables and datasheets can be found on London Underground’s ‘Approved Products Register’. www.lu-apr.co.uk

The AEI Firetec range of cables are all ‘Low Smoke Zero Halogen’ LSZH – providing buildings and infrastructure the highest safety levels for life safety and fire-fighting. The same fire performance criteria is also desirable for property protection and business continuity where interruption of service is to be avoided.

AEI Cables have supplied the Rail Sector in London for over 100 years as well as providing many diverse cable solutions to London Underground. Adding Firetec high performance cables demonstrates AEI’s capacity to meet and exceed performance levels in this very demanding sector. As well as FP cables, many more AEI products have been approved for use by London Underground including track feeder cables. The AEI team continually work alongside LUL project engineers to develop more solutions to meet specific rail objectives.

Current workload in Rail Infrastructure is buoyant in the UK and is growing – significantly with LU upgrades as well as with the Crossrail Project. The main civil engineering construction works for Crossrail are planned to complete in 2017. Fit-out of stations and testing will continue afterwards. It is expected that Crossrail services will commence on the central section by late 2018 followed by a phased introduction of services along the rest of the Crossrail route over several months.

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