Powering up at Cape Town’s SILO 1 Building

Zest WEG Group’s Genset Division is supplying a custom engineered genset solution to the Silo 1 building project in Cape Town. The hybrid modern-meets-historical building comprises nine storeys, three of which are basement levels.

In what is set to become a Cape Town landmark when completed, the Silo 1 structure will provide 18 500 m2 of office space, 300 m2 of retail space and 3 500 m2 of residential space divided into 31 apartments. A six storey central atrium completes the picture.

The contract was awarded to Zest WEG Group’s Genset Division based on the company’s submission of a commercial and technical solution. The company is responsible for the design, assembly, installation and commissioning of the gensets. The engines are Tier 3 emission-compliant, which is currently the highest level for production engines.

“Because it was necessary to provide sound attenuation to a residential level, the design and engineering required the inclusion of special inlet and outlet air attenuator splitter assemblies. The exhaust systems are designed and manufactured in-house to ensure that the exhaust breakout noise is within the limitations of the local bylaws,” says Bruce McCracken, from Zest WEG Group’s Genset Division’s Cape Town offices.

McCracken points out that the company will provide three 350 kVA and two 500 kVA generator sets. “These units operate in parallel as the load demand dictates. In addition, we will supply one 500 kVA genset as a standalone unit for emergency backup for the residential complex situated on the existing Silo site which is within the greater waterfront precinct.”

The contract was awarded in June 2012 and the gensets arrived on site in the second week of May 2013. “The building work is still in progress and we anticipate that all functionality testing will be conducted in July 2013,” says McCracken.

“As with any project we undertake, we enforce quality standards based on our in-house programme of excellence. This is carried out from the installation through to commissioning, to ensure continuity in quality. Safety is a prerequisite and the entire Zest WEG Group complies with the building standards applicable within the OSH Act for construction sites,” McCracken concludes.

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