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In many parts of the world, seismic certification is becoming a key requirement for generator sets, especially when they are installed in large buildings or facilities in urban areas
FG Wilson distributor FGW Jenerator Turkey recently achieved full IBC seismic certification as part of a project to install 19 x 1,700 kVA and 2 x 800 kVA generator sets at Skyland Istanbul, the second largest construction project in Turkey in 2016. The site includes two towers almost 300 metres high, the seventh tallest buildings in Europe / CIS, which are part of a huge office complex, shopping mall, a residential tower and 5-star hotel.
FG Wilson P1700 and P800 generator sets were manufactured in Larne, UK, then tested and certified in Rome in July 2016 at the only shaker table test facility outside the USA able to accommodate machines of this size. The test included a 30-second seismic shake, after which the generator sets were started up and functioned normally. To demonstrate reliability and performance after the seismic test, the generator sets were then returned to FG Wilson’s Larne facility, which houses Europe’s largest testing and development facility for generator sets, built at a total investment of US$26mn.
Project requirements include sound-insulated container type enclosures incorporating seismic specification for the larger generator sets, synchronisation system, SCADA and energy management system, fuel automation system and critical silencer. Strengthened baseframes and control panel stands and seismic anti-vibration mounts were specially engineered into the generator sets at the Larne facility.
This is the first time FG Wilson has achieved seismic certification for large generator sets and is believed to be the first time a generator set powered by a Perkins 4000 Series engine has achieved full seismic certification.
For FGW Jenerator Turkey, this was part of a memorable 2016, which saw a large number of installations at some of Istanbul’s most prestigious buildings, as well the completion of a project to power the new Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge in Istanbul, the world’s tallest suspension bridge and one of the world’s widest.
Speaking about the installation, Koksal Er, CEO of FGW Jenerator Turkey, said, “We closely monitor urban transformation trends and we’ve been actively participating in many major power projects in Turkey and especially in Istanbul. Skyland is an Eroğlu Real Estate project, which is located in a premium area of Istanbul and its architect is globally recognised Brodway Malyan. We are very pleased to provide uninterrupted energy to this major project in which only the best materials are used.”
Ann Brown, managing director of FG Wilson, added, “This is a wonderful endorsement of the quality and durability, which are designed into generator sets from FG Wilson. We’re delighted that FGW Jenerator Turkey is successfully participating in very demanding projects of this kind with our products. This project really highlights how closely we co-operate with our dealers in terms of sharing expertise and resources. It’s an outstanding team effort for the benefit of our customers.”
FGW Jenerator Turkey has represented FG Wilson since 2005 and is a full service dealer, with a strong focus on large and complex projects from initial design through to installation, commissioning and aftermarket support. The dealer is based in Istanbul-Umraniye, with regional offices in the Marmara, Aegean, Mediterranean, Central Anatolian and Black Sea regions and northern Iraq in Erbil.