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Finning Power Systems has been awarded a contract by Haden Young, a Balfour Beatty company, to supply all of the emergency power provision for Birmingham’s new £553m PFI super hospital due to open in 2010.

The turnkey project involves providing 12MVA of standby power, the high voltage switchgear, the power
management system and the design and erection of the energy centre, which will house the generator sets.

The company is supplying and installing a total of ten Caterpillar diesel generator sets. There will be six high
voltage (HV) sets in the main generator powerhouse, with four further low voltage (LV) sets installed in different locations. Finning is also completing all of the building sound attenuation for the powerhouse and other plant areas.

The supply, installation and commissioning of a site wide PLC controlled Power Management System also forms part of the scope of works for Finning. This will control the entire HV distribution system and include some level of control at LV.

“The HV gensets will synchronise on to a HV switchboard for onward distribution of power.”

In the event of a mains failure, the system will prioritise critical loads; shedding and restoring supplies as necessary. With 10 sub stations on site, it can also reconfigure the ring main so that power still reaches
critical areas in the event of a ring circuit fault. The Caterpillar HV generator sets will synchronise with each other on to a HV switchboard for onward distribution of power around the site via the HV ring. The LV sets will operate as single units providing back up power to substations not supported by the HV generators on
the main hospital dual ring circuits.

The new hospital will be the first new acute hospital built in Birmingham for 70 years and will replace Selly Oak Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth hospital. It will have 1105 beds and be able to treat 21 per cent more patients providing the University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) foundation trust with one of the lowest waiting times in Britain.

A new £70 million mental health hospital on the site has already been opened in May 2008. This is a
replacement to the Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital (QEPH), and, claims the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, is one of the most prestigious mental health building projects undertaken in Europe to date. Finning Power Systems installed the standby power system as part of the main project.


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