Posted on 26 October 2016

ABSA's choice of installing 4 x 2.9 MW natural gas powered generating sets in the new "Towers West" complex is the first of it's kind in the financial sector in the R.S.A. The installation to be supplied, installed and maintained by Diesel Electric Services, is expandable to 8 units operating in parallel, amounting to a future total output of 23MW.

The gas powered generating sets chosen by ABSA produce less than half the carbon dioxide per kWh than the coal fired power stations predominately providing our country with electricity.

In addition, waste heat recovery from the gas generators will be used for heating and cooling of the new and adjacent complexes using specialised conversion processes, further enhancing the reduction of CO2.

The gas power generation and heat recovery station is designed to operate in parallel with City Power to reduce the demand of the ABSA Towers Complex during peak periods, as well as provide standby power during power outages, while allowing ABSA to contribute to the global policy of energy efficiency and reduced emissions.

Diesel Electric services has supplied, installed and maintained power generation products for ABSA country wide over the last 16 years, with energy centre being the biggest project by DES for ABSA to date.

Other DES products include Rotary UPS, Static UPS, Diesel Generators, Bio Gas Generators. MV and LV solutions, SABS/Netfa type testes LV Distribution boards, Hybrid power for Telecoms applications, service and rebuilds. The staff complement is over 400 in JHB, which includes 20 Contracts Engineers, 35 service personnel and 18 installation teams.