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POWER SUPPLY: Standby Genset Demand Shoots Up


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LAST year was one of solid growth for Zest company IMS Cape. The company installed a total of more than 150MW of diesel powered generating capacity for its customers and this year the company continues to expand its presence in the electric power generation market.

We have already built and installed 32MW of generating capacity this year” says director, Eugene Coetzee. “There is another 18MW currently going into two large shopping centres and our order book for the rest of 2009 is looking pretty healthy.”

Coetzee says these generator set installations are designed to ensure continuity of power and support in the event of long term utility failure. “These are difficult times for the electricity user. Tariffs are rising and even with higher rates, the supply remains uncertain. As a result, the need for standby power continues to grow.”

Alongside the rise in demand, Coetzee says that customers are increasingly requesting turnkey solutions for standby power; “This centralises the design, specification, installation and commissioning of the plant with one vendor, gives the client a single point of reference and in the medium to long term, assists in the management of the installation as well.”

The established skills and experience available from IMS Cape has made it possible for the company to win a number of large tenders, including the two retail shopping centre projects currently underway.

The contracts include the design, supply and installation of:

18MW diesel standby generators

400V/11kV transformers

(MV) Medium Voltage distribution panels

(MV) change over panels

More than 1.5 km of MV cable

A total of 53 000 liters of bulk fuel systems, including fuel.

The design and co-ordination of these systems is of particular interest in that the control of some of the systems management was required to be established between the main motor control centre and the various substations feeding individual anchor tenants.

An additional consideration in such installations is sound attenuation. IMS Cape’s design and selection of equipment for the project was able to guarantee both clients an average sound level break out from either plant rooms at no more than 55 db(A) at a nominal 7 metres.

IMS Cape will be moving from its long time Paarden Eiland home to new premises in Epping during December. The new 8 000 sq m facility will bring together all of IMS Cape’s design, assembly and testing under one roof and according to Coetzee; “...will give us optimal control of both quality and lead times.”

The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Zest Electric Motors.

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