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Cape Town trains rescued by new back-up generator system

As hundreds of 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 FIFA World Cup when South Africa’s power supply will be stretched to its limits.

Pierre Cronje, Project Manager of the station upgrade explained, “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. Patrick Gaertner of Superwatt commented, “This is a useful tool during peak demand control, but is an aspect that must be approved by authorities.”

Cronje pointed 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.