Securing the ongoing power requirements of any industry is key, but for a leading telecoms provider, any loss of output would affect hundreds of thousands of customers. However, thanks to a range of solutions created and implemented by leading power generation provider, WB Power Services (WBPS), the successful project to install three new generators means that ongoing customer support is secured.
Working with a third-party consultant to support the roll-out of a back-up power supply for the telecoms regional data centre, WBPS was initially asked to scope and design the generator power specification.
The project then required defining power requirements further and identifying how the installation could be practically delivered without having a detrimental effect on operational capability. To achieve this, works included the removal of the existing power infrastructure, generator installation, creating a bespoke acoustic enclosure and a fuel distribution solution.
Four core elements of the project were needed to deliver a successful installation. These were:
The initial project delivery was focused on decommissioning, removing and disposing of a range of on-site equipment, including three existing generating sets located in a plant and one to the rear of the building. Attenuation equipment, including exhausts were also removed, along with day tanks and interconnecting pipework.
Comments WBPS Managing Director, Andy Wilmott: “One of the key advantages that WBPS can deliver is the completion of core project aspects in-house, such as removing the four generator sets for this client by utilising our Hiab fleet. We were also able to test each of the generating sets prior to delivery at our own testing facility in Derbyshire.
“Being able to offer these solutions means our clients have peace of mind when it comes to accurate and timely project delivery. Any issues can be addressed prior to equipment arriving on site with a quicker, more seamless installation guaranteed. Elements such as this are essential for time critical power solutions projects.”
Work ahead of the onsite installation comprised of a visual inspection of the generating set and acoustic enclosure, delivering a first step load acceptance test (four hours at 100% load and one hour at 110% load).
WBPS further supported the project by designing a bespoke solution to include the installation of three T1900 Kohler-SDMO prime rated generating sets, which also utilised the ComAp control system. Sound restrictions required onsite meant the sets had to be housed within an acoustic container rated to achieve a noise level of 75 dBA @1m FFC, with additional access steps for ease of maintenance.
The project also required the provision for a fuel management solution, including three 45,000 litre nominal bunded belly fuel day tanks, complete with fuel transfer and fuel polishing systems.
At installation stage, the size of the cranes required to offload and position the generating sets on site, meant further project design requirements. The installation of a temporary roadway and main road enclosure were undertaken, before the generators underwent a final system commissioning and site acceptance process by the WBPS project team. ComAp control equipment was then added to complete the final stage of the project.
Andy Wilmott concludes: “Its thanks to a coordinated and experienced team at WBPS that projects like this can be delivered to strict schedules and budget. Our ongoing project support for the onsite engineering team has made a huge difference to the client with a service and maintenance package helping the site to keep running an avoid power outage.”