Eighty robust and versatile stationary generators from Chicago Pneumatic are playing a key role in powering the construction of one of the world's largest metro systems in the capital of Saudi Arabia.
The Riyadh Metro project will lead to the construction of an automatic driverless public transport system featuring 87 stations, located across six lines totalling over 170 km in length -more than 73.4 km of which will be underground. And, 80 robust and versatile stationary generators from Chicago Pneumatic are playing a key role in powering the construction of one of the world's largest metro systems in the capital of Saudi Arabia.
The project opened in 2014 and is scheduled for completion in 2018. When working to such a time sensitive deadline, securing a reliable power supply with high levels of safety was of paramount importance for BACS, the main project contractor. The generators required for the construction of the metro system needed to run continuously for between 24 and 36 hours with limited idle time, and withstand the high ambient temperatures experienced in the Middle East.
Roots Group Arabia, an official distributor of Chicago Pneumatic in Saudi Arabia, managed to gain the buy-in and trust of BACS by demonstrating the excellent durability and performance of Chicago Pneumatic's CPSG stationary generators. This, in addition to the comprehensive after-sales support provided by Roots Group, resulted in an order of US$ 975,000 being placed in June 2015 to acquire a total of 80 CPSG generators. The order included 20 CPSG185 (185 KW and 235 kVA) models, 30 CPSG40 (40 kW and 50 kVA) models, and another 30 CPSG18 (18 kW/ 22.5 kVA) models.
Powering a variety of applications
The machines are currently being used to help construct Lines 1 and 2 of the Riyadh Metro Project, where they are powering a large variety of applications including road and tunnel lighting, site office electrification, electric power tools and water coolers. CPSG stationary generators are designed to provide excellent durability, and incorporate user-friendly features that make them easy to position, operate and maintain on construction work sites. The generators are built to operate in both high temperature and high humidity conditions, and come equipped with tough canopies featuring UV panes that protect the engine and control panel û even against the sand storms occasionally witnessed in Saudi Arabia.
As Ashraf Hemaidah, Deputy General Manager, Roots Group Arabia, says, 'The Riyadh Metro is a very time sensitive project. One of the key requirements of the client was to keep all the equipment running safely, to prevent any possible delays and cut downtime costs. With our comprehensive package of support services, the customer didn't need to worry about any possible disruptions and delays. The technical characteristics of the generators also made it easier to meet local health, safety, and environment requirements.'
Roots Group secured not only the machine order, but also the service contract, which included providing a one-year unlimited running hour warranty. In addition, Roots Group committed to provide one service technician per site where a generator was located; with a full package of replacement parts and service tools made available at all times. After seven months of the generators being deployed, no major breakdowns have occurred, with the machines demonstrating consistent performance throughout the hottest months of August and September.