Dieselec Thistle has been awarded a standby generator installation contract in Scotland after securing a circa £5m project to install ten generators at the New South Glasgow Hospital (NSGH).

Currently under construction by Brookfield Multiplex for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, the hospital is due to open in 2015. A major centre for specialist medical services, it will provide 1,109 beds across 14 storeys and is the largest hospital ever to be built in Scotland.

Dieselec Thistle was awarded the standby power contract following an extensive tendering process – this project will involve supply, testing, installation and commissioning of ten standby generators during two phases of the build.

The project has been subcontracted to Dieselec Thistle by M&E contractor, Mercury Engineering, ensuring the hospital benefits from the company’s expertise during the installation programme and throughout the lifecycle of the generators.

Dieselec Thistle will supply ten FG Wilson 2.5MVA standby generators for the hospital, each with full sound attenuation equipment, exhaust gas silencers, fuel tanks, and synchronising control systems which will ensure that they all operate effectively together as a single, 25MVA power generation system.

The high voltage (11,000V) generators will be capable of providing enough electricity to power 2,500 homes, ensuring that the hospital’s standby power provision has plenty of capacity to support vital hospital services should the mains supply fail. Installation of the first phase, comprising five generator sets, began last month, for completion early may. The second installation will follow, in line with the hospital build programme, for completion during 2015.

Managing director of Dieselec Thistle, Paul Moore, commented, “We are delighted to have our name associated with this prestigious project, as it builds on our experience in the Scottish healthcare sector and follows previous successful high profile, HV standby generator projects for Forth Valley and Fife Victoria hospitals. Prior to installation we will carry out a full witnessed factory test at FG Wilson’s factory in Northern Ireland and following installation and commissioning we will also carry out client training to ensure smooth operation and day to day management of the equipment. Thereafter we will be on hand for both planned and reactive maintenance, ensuring that the generators provide safe and reliable standby power to match the hospital’s needs.”

Darren Pike, project M&E manager, Brookfield Multiplex added, “While power outages at hospitals are rare, they do happen and the standby power provision at NSGH are more than adequate to match the hospital’s size and acute services requirements. We are very fortunate to have a key player in the standby power sector located so close by and are looking forward to working with Dieselec Thistle on a long term basis.”