Backup power for hospitals in Kuwait and Turkey
11/19/2015 | Words: Silke Rockenstein | Pictures: Al Farwaniya Hospital, Turkish Health Ministry
Hospitals, Turkey, Kuwait
In Kuwait City, the Kuwait Ministry of Health is expanding and modernising the existing Al Farwaniya Hospital as part of a project due to be completed by mid-2019. MTU Onsite Energy is supplying 23 emergency backup gensets. MTU partners Albisher & Z Alkazemi Company (A&A) recently signed the contract for the supply of the gensets with the general contractor Sayed Hamid Behbehani & Sons Co. (SHBC) in Kuwait. Based on MTU's 20-cylinder Series 4000 engine, the diesel-powered gensets each deliver a maximum of 2,750 kVA of variable continuous power.
"If there is a mains power failure or any instability in the power supply, the gensets will kick in to keep the hospital running smoothly by delivering some 50 MW of power in a matter of seconds. With outside temperatures in the city on the Persian Gulf reaching as high as 55°C, keeping the hospital's air-conditioning system up and running is crucial," says Ashraf Tamim, General Manager of A&A.
"The ultra-modern Al Farwaniyah Hospital buildings are among the biggest projects undertaken by the Kuwait Ministry of Health as part of its health system development programme. Reliable emergency power generators are an indispensable part of them," says Mohamed Abdul Kader, Assistant General Manager at prime contractor SHBC.
At the new health centres recently built by the Turkish Health Ministry in Mersin and Bilkent, MTU Onsite Energy diesel gensets will in future provide a total of 56 MW of emergency power. In November 2015, ten gensets driven by Type 16V 4000 engines and one Type 8V 1600 genset has been delivered to DIA-Holding for installation in Mersin in southern Turkey. They will be followed in February 2016 by 14 more Type 16V 4000 diesel gensets and five Type 12V 4000 units for Bilkent, a district of Ankara.
The Turkish Health Ministry is planning to invest in 35 health centres across the country by the end of 2018. The calculated power demand for each of those projects is between 20 and 30 MW. DIA-Holding is one of the construction firms involved and was awarded the contract for the first two hospitals. "The health sector is a high priority in Turkey and we are seeing significant investment that area. The fact that MTU was chosen right from the start shows how much the brand is trusted," observes Ekrem Kuraloglu, Chief Executive of MTU Turkey.priority in Turkey and we are seeing significant investment that area. The fact that MTU was chosen right from the start shows how much the brand is trusted," observes Ekrem Kuraloglu, Chief Executive of MTU Turkey.
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