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What To Know About Public Utility Security Fence Walls

Public Utility Security Fence Wall On April 16th, 2013 PG&E’s Metcalf Transmission Substation outside of San Jose, California suffered a sniper attack causing over $15 million of damage. The attack was investigated by Homeland Security and the FBI. In November 2014, it was determined that the StoneTree® Security Wall would fulfill the requirements to provide added security to the site by installing a solid concrete wall in heights from 12ft to 16ft. By mid 2015, construction of over a mile of wall was completed to secure the perimeter of the Metcalf Sub-station in addition to adding additional security cameras and better lighting.
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Sturdy & Reliable Substation Walls Offer Protection with Fast Installation

Substation equipment is a vital part of a utility company’s nucleus. Concrete substation security walls provide the ultimate protection barrier for those critical assets and using StoneTree Precast Concrete Security Walls provide the fastest wall solution for securing a site, preventing theft, vandalism and providing employee protection.

Utility Compliance Delivers Protection and Consistency of the Power Grid

On November 20th, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Reliability Standard CIP-014-1, to enhance physical security measures for the most critical Bulk-Power System against physical attacks on existing and future sites. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) have mandated the need for substation protection. Compliance requirements necessitate intensive monitoring of a plant’s control rooms, facilities, critical assets and substations. Substation Security Walls have benefitted utilities of all sizes providing unyielding, physical protection.

Summary of CIP 014 Standard Requirements and Corresponding Deadlines for substation security walls

AFTEC Substation Security Walls meet all FERC and NERC standards, optimizing security of critical and sensitive utility assets. Generating and transmission industries require intensive protection from external individuals and forces. AFTEC Substation Security Walls offer an efficient solution to the interior workings of utility projects.

Maximum Security with Flexibility for Maintenance for Power and Transmission Stations

AFTEC Substation Security Walls implement high-grade Rigid Steel footings providing quick installations and flexible maintenance access. Future removal of the panels is simple and efficient granting ease-of-access for installations and removals of heavy duty equipment. The walls meet all DHS and NERC requirements along with optional provisions for security standards, such as surveillance equipment, lighting, and razor wire attachments.

Cost Saving Efficiency

AFTEC’s Concrete Fence Wall System combining Combo-Cast™ Technology with the Rigid Footing Support System makes it possible for the installation of over 500 lineal feet of fence wall per day. AFTEC Substation Security Walls are coated with a stained sealant that protects the concrete for moisture caused from rain, sleet and snow. The sealant prevents salt and water getting into the concrete causing scaling, efflorescence, cracking, bleaching and possible corrosion of reinforcing steel.

Stacked Substation security Walls

Ultimate Height Protection - High Powered Solutions

While maintaining Homeland Security Mandates, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requirements and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Standards, AFTEC Substation Security Walls are the answer to providing ultimate perimeter protection for utility transmission stations throughout the power grid. AFTEC’s Security Walls offer the ultimate in:
  • Blocking site of high-voltage substation transformers and equipment.
  • Perimeter Protection from intruders from accidental electrocution, injury and death.
  • Durable protection of power equipment from vandalism and theft.
  • Flexibility of adapting to future maintenance requirements.
  • Adaption of security elements such as razor wire, lighting and electronic surveillance.
AFTEC Substation Security Walls incorporate the industry’s best standards to protect the country’s substation portion of the power grid.

Power Utility Plants Utilizing AFTEC Walls for Perimeter Security Include:

Power Transmission Stations with AFTEC Security

AFTEC Transformer Blast Walls

AFTEC also supplies Transformer Blast Walls manufactured with refractory brick aggregate to withstand the heat generated from transformer explosions.