As bespoke and standard mesh suppliers our local and global clients use our products in diverse ways, across a broad spectrum of industries. And as the world become a more dangerous place mesh panel use and security fencing can be found in places where they were not necessary before.
Around the globe there is extreme concern about attacks, both vandalism and terrorism on power stations. Whilst power stations have always had a high degree of protection, transformers have had just basic health and safety protection. Here are some examples:
- Transformer Protection
In the United States there is a growing problem with attacks on transformers and power station mainly perpetrated by angry farmers cutting transmission lines. Hunters are also firing at transformers in a bizarre attempt to brag about their shooting prowess.
Whilst energy substations are protected usually by chain link fences and CCTV surveillance this is not a sufficient deterrent, or even an effective one, to stop the vandalism. Power cuts caused by these destructive acts cause drastic inconvenience to consumers and also have adverse economic consequences.
- Terrorist attacks on energy infrastructures
According to EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) renowned US research facility in the US, there were around 2,500 terrorist attacks on the energy infrastructure between 1996 and 2006 and that number is rising. Globally there have been 500 terrorist attacks on electrical power substations.
- Transformer vandalism in South Africa
At Mountain View in Cape Town, South Africa residents are worried about 3 transformers that are sited on streets but have no fencing whatsoever. With children playing close to them it’s not difficult to understand their concern.
However the local authority says that the transformers are safe and complaints have only begun since acts of vandalism have been prevalent in the area. The steel casing around them has been penetrated and residents feel that further protection is needed. As bespoke and standard mesh suppliers our view is that mesh panels, particularly anti-climb ones, would go a long way to solving the problem.
There is serious concern from governments around the world that multiple attacks on power infrastructures across the globe could bring our lives to a halt.
If you would like to know more about our security fencing please contact our sales team. As long established, bespoke and standard mesh suppliers, we have an enviable reputation in the supply of high quality stainless steel mesh solutions.