Cummins Power Generation has provided a standby power solution to provide back-up power for Ghana’s six major airports. This major turnkey project was undertaken on behalf of main client Ghana Airports Company Limited of Accra. The back-up power will support air transportation systems in Accra, Tamale, Suyani, and Kumasi, Ho and Wa.
An end-to-end solution was provided to meet the particular requirements of this major new customer for Cummins Power Generation, Project Manager Alfred Otoo comments. “Our role was comprehensive, from compiling the tender package for the project, all the way through to supervising the installation, commissioning, and handing over.”
The scope of supply for this prestigious project was a C1100 D5, four C500 D5, and two C450 D5 units. In addition, Cummins Power Generation also supplied 1600A ACB, four GTEC 800A transfer switches, and four GTEC 630A transfer switches.
Ghana Airports Company Limited also specified low noise levels, which meant Cummins Power Generation had to pay special attention to the ambient environment. Another challenge associated with this project was adhering to the strict timelines of the various airports, which meant that installation could only be carried out when air traffic was low, usually between 01:00 and 04:00.
“We could not interfere with anything in terms of potentially switching off any live system. In addition, we had an exceptionally narrow window of opportunity, when air traffic was minimal, for us to execute the project,” Alfred stresses.
He concludes that this flagship project was an excellent showcase for the Cummins brand, which extended beyond simply supplying products to adding value to the client’s business. “We managed the entire project, right from the initial contract win, resulting in the best possible solution for our client, in the shortest timeframe possible.”
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems.
Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins currently employs approximately 54,600 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,200 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.65 billion on sales of $19.2 billion in 2014.
Cummins South Africa is headquartered in Johannesburg, with branches in Longmeadow, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.
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