Rillington firm Ellis secures major deal supplying cable cleats to holy mosque in Mecca

An artist's impression of the the expanded Shamiya Haram, in Mecca

An artist's impression of the the expanded Shamiya Haram, in Mecca

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A CABLE cleat maker has secured one of its largest orders after helping expand a mosque welcoming millions of worshippers.

Ellis, in Rillington, near Scarborough, has sent cleats to the Shamiya Haram, which is part of the holy mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Workers are quadrupling the mosque's size to cater for more than two million worshippers.

Ellis' cleats will be used to secure power cables throughout the building's 75,000sq metre central utility complex (CUC).

Bosses say the CUC will feature a 24-chiller plant, a generator plant and grey water treatment unit as well as a central waste handling facility and water tanks and pump rooms.

The work also includes tunnel networks to transport power and allows worshippers to move around.

The order for Ellis’ cleats, which restrain cables and can withstand forces generated in a short circuit, was secured by its Saudi Arabian distributor, Mena Arabia.

Tony Conroy, Ellis' export director, said the deal was a major coup for the company.

He said: “The size and complexity of this project needs to be seen to be believed.

“The expanded Shamiya Haram will be the size of a small town, and as you would expect of any project of this scale, the technical infrastructure supporting it is extensive to say the very least.

“Our ever-growing global network of distributors is an imperative part of our export success.

“They ensure the Ellis name is never far from people's thoughts.

“That means there are very few major construction or electrical projects our products are not in contention for, no matter where in the world they are based.”

Earlier this year, Ellis sent fire-proof cleats to secure cabling in the 23-storey BP4 Tower, in London's Canary Wharf, and previously supplied cleats and cable straps to the nuclear Areva European Pressurised Reactor factory, in China.

Ellis was founded in 1962 by former RAF bomber pilot turned plumber Arthur Ellis, who flew more than 90 missions in the Second World War.

The company is still based on the original site where Mr Ellis set up business.

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