FG Wilson Reaches for the Sky

In many parts of the world, seismic certification is becoming a key requirement for generator sets, especially where they are installed in large buildings or facilities in urban areas.   

FGW Jenerator Turkey recently achieved full IBC seismic certification as part of a project to install 19 x 1700 kVA and 2 x 800 kVA generator sets at Skyland Istanbul, the second largest construction project in Turkey in 2016.  The site includes two towers almost 300 metres high, the 7th tallest buildings in Europe / CIS which are part of a huge office complex, shopping mall, a residential tower and 5 star hotel. 

FG Wilson P1700 and P800 generator sets were tested and certified in Rome in July 2016, at the only shaker table test facility outside the USA able to accommodate machines of this size within the timescale allowed for the project.  The test included a 30 second seismic shake, after which the generator sets must start up and function normally.  To demonstrate reliability and performance after the seismic test, the generator sets were then returned to FG Wilson’s UK facility in Larne, which houses Europe’s largest testing and development facility for generator sets, built at a total investment of $26 million.   

Project requirements include sound-insulated container type enclosures incorporating seismic specification for the larger generator sets, synchronization system, Scada and energy management system, fuel automation system and critical silencer.  Strengthened baseframes and control panel stands and seismic anti-vibration mounts were specially engineered into the generator sets.

This is the first time FG Wilson have achieved seismic certification for large generator sets and is believed to be the first time a generator set powered by a Perkins 4000 series engine has achieved full seismic certification.

Speaking about the installation, Koksal ER, CEO of FGW Jenerator Turkey said, “We closely monitor urban transformation trends and we’ve been actively participating in many major power projects in Turkey and especially in Istanbul. Skyland is an Eroğlu Real Estate project which is located in a premium area of Istanbul and its architect is globally recognized Brodway Malyan.  We are very pleased to provide uninterrupted energy to this major project in which only the best materials are used.”

Ann Brown, Managing Director of FG Wilson said, “This is a wonderful endorsement of the quality and durability which are designed into generator sets from FG Wilson.  We’re delighted that FGW Jenerator Turkey are successfully participating in very demanding projects of this kind with our products.”