Glasgow generator firm wins £5m hospital contract


Dieselec Thistle to supply 10 generators for Scotland\'s largest hospital development

A £5m contract to install 10 standby generators for the New South Glasgow Hospital has been awarded to Dieselec Thistle.

Currently under construction by Brookfield Multiplex for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the hospital is due to open in 2015, providing 1,109 beds across 14 storeys, making it the largest hospital ever to be built in Scotland.

Dieselec Thistle was awarded the contract to supply the generators following an extensive tendering process. The deal includes supply, testing, installation and commissioning during two phases of the build.

The project has been subcontracted by M&E contractor, Mercury Engineering. Its project director, Ed McIntyre, said: “With Dieselec Thistle we are very fortunate to have industry-leading expertise on our doorstep in Glasgow, which means we can be confident of a best practice approach to the installation.”

Dieselec Thistle will supply 10 FG Wilson 2.5MVA standby generators for the hospital, each with full sound attenuation equipment, exhaust gas silencers, fuel tanks, and synchronising control systems, which will ensure they all operate effectively together as a single, 25MVA power generation system.

The high voltage (11,000 volts) generators will be capable of providing enough electricity to power 2,500 homes, ensuring the hospital’s standby power provision has the capacity to support vital hospital services should the mains supply fail. Installation of the first phase, comprising five generator sets, will be completed in early May. The second will follow in line with the hospital build programme, for completion during 2015.

Dieselec Thistle managing director, Paul Moore, said: “This prestigious project builds on our experience in the Scottish healthcare sector and follows previous successful high-profile, HV standby generator projects for Forth Valley and Fife Victoria hospitals. Prior to installation we will carry out a full witnessed factory test at FG Wilson’s factory in Northern Ireland and following installation and commissioning we will also carry out client training to ensure smooth operation and day-to-day management of the equipment. Thereafter we will be on hand for both planned and reactive maintenance, ensuring the generators provide safe and reliable standby power to match the hospital’s needs.”

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Darren Pike, project M&E manager at Brookfield Multiplex, added: “While power outages at hospitals are rare, they do happen and the standby power provision is more than adequate to match the hospital’s size and acute services requirements.”