Cummins Power Generation’s Portuguese distributor Electro Central Vulcanizadora (ECV) is providing the emergency standby power to a road tunnel in Lisbon. ECV installed and tested five Cummins Power Generation generator sets, complete with system control equipment, to ensure power is maintained to key systems in the event of a utility outage.
The tunnel forms a 1 km section of the IC17 highway which runs in an arc coast-to-coast around central Lisbon, from Algés on the southern seafront to Sacavém in the East. ECV’s Cummins solution covers the tunnel’s lighting, signage lighting, emergency signage, electrical fire pumps and air circulation fans.
ECV has installed five open generator sets: two 400 kVA C400D5 units with NTA-855-G4 engines, two 1250 kVA C1250D5A units with KTA-38-G9 engines, and a single 1041 kVA C1000D5 with a QST-30-G3 engine. System control is provided by PCC 2100 and PCC 3100 equipment. Total power requirement including grid supply is 4.041 kW. The system is expected to run 20 – 30 hours a year.
The contract was awarded by Efacec Sistemas Electronica, an ECV customer since 1985 with more than 50 Cummins Power Generation installations. As well as being the largest Portuguese-owned electromechanics and electronics business in the country, Efacec is also active internationally with a presence in more than 65 countries. Efacec employs over 4,500 employees and has a turnover in excess of 1,000 million euros.
ECV won the contract based on its ability to deliver a value added project, and because of its exceptional after-sales service. Rival bidders were SDMO, FG Wilson and Ausonia.