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POWER SUPPLY: Back-Up Power For CT


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AS many thousands of visitors are expected to make use of South Africa’s train systems during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, essential power supply has been made a priority with top generator specialists ensuring that Cape Town’s train station has a reliable back-up generator system.

Leading generator supplier, Superwatt, has recently conducted a complete overhaul of the station’s back-up electricity supply in order to ensure that the process of transporting visitors and locals runs smoothly at all times.

The new generator system provides a solution towards the load shedding periods during winter as well as during the 2010 World Cup when South Africa’s power supply will be stretched to its limits.

Pierre Cronje, project manager of the station upgrade explains, “The overhaul and additional generation units took Cape Town Station from only emergency lights on during a blackout to being fully operational during a power outage.” This further ensures that the station’s functionality is never interrupted.

Superwatt supplied cutting-edge generators, one which offers superior noise management through the construction of a sound-proof generator room and casing because of its proximity to a public area.

The company also refurbished an existing generator and reinstalled the entire system.

One particular innovation that Superwatt provided during the installation is the ability for the generators to reduce the load on the mains consumption by co-generation.

Cronje points out that electrical supply at the station at all times is expected and taken for granted. With the installation of the generators at the Cape Town Station, it is another step closer to being a world class facility.

Superwatt is a South African company with sole distribution rights for Superwatt China, a leading manufacturer of generators. Superwatt China is a leading supplier to the United Nations, having already won orders in excess of USD50m. Superwatt is currently producing 100 X 700kVA units for United Nations projects in Africa.

Larger generating sets (exceeding 500kVA) are based on original UK Perkins and US Cummins diesel engines which are imported from the UK/USA. The use of engines originating from UK/USA is offered as an option for smaller units as well. All other units are manufactured under OEM licenses. Superwatt generators carry a one year or 1000 hours guarantee and also enjoy full international warranties from local representatives. All equipment meets BS4999, BS5000, BS5514, IEC34 VDE0530 and MG-1.22 standards.

Superwatt also enjoys sole rights for leading uninterruptable power source (UPS) brands, allowing clients to procure complete back-up solutions with the benefits of single point responsibility for the back-up power system as a whole.

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