FG Wilson completes Cairo power generation project

Generator manufacturer FG Wilson has announced its completion of a $180,000 (EGP: 1.3m) power generation and backup power project at Cairo Festival City in conjunction with its authorised Egyptian dealer, Triangle Heavy Equipment.

The one-year installation process involved 15 FG Wilson generator sets, ranging from 44 kilovolt amperes (kVA) right up to 550 kVA, which provide power for the water and sewage plants, four office blocks and the children’s educational theme park – KidZania – as well as the construction of various buildings throughout the site.

All of the generator sets are providing back-up power, apart from those at the construction sites which are providing prime power. Triangle is also managing the servicing and maintenance of the FG Wilson generator sets throughout the site on behalf of the contractor.

“Cairo Festival City is a truly world-class project which is rapidly changing the cityscape of Cairo and placing the city at the forefront of global mixed-use urban communities,” Ashraf Kamal of Triangle Heavy Equipment said.

“It was a great honour for Triangle and FG Wilson to be awarded the power generation contract and we are extremely proud to have delivered a power solution befitting of this international project.

“The FG Wilson generator sets have a proven pedigree across the globe and will provide immediate back-up power during any shortage, meaning no disruption to the tens of thousands of people living and working in the development. The generator sets have been installed to ensure optimum cooling condition and, particularly in the office blocks, to ensure that that noise levels are to the satisfaction of the client.

“We received a huge endorsement of our work from the developer when we were recommended to manage all future generator set installations and maintenance throughout the Cairo Festival City site – which, we believe, could see us managing the installation of up to 16 additional FG Wilson 400 kVA units between now and 2018. This is thanks largely to the Power Wizard 2 control panel on our units which provides the development owners with the ability to monitor the generator sets’ performances online from its headquarters in Dubai.”

The installation project also included the introduction of new fibre network technology which had never been implemented in Egypt before, according to FG Wilson. This Air Pallone Fibre sees optical cables transfer data at the speed of light in glass, ensuring a high-speed communication first for the country.

Cairo Festival City is Egypt’s a three million square-metre development which offers indoor and outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment alongside residential and office space.

The resort features 700,000m² of office space, 217,796m² of retail and leisure space, gated communities, international brand hotels, schools, children’s educational theme park, dedicated automotive park, internal roads network and landscaped environments. Upon completion in 2018, Cairo Festival City is expected to be home to over 13,000 residents and provide employment for 50,000 people.

Located near Cairo International Airport, the rapidly expanding facility is owned by Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate (AFGRE) and built by Al-Futtaim Carillion.

“This is one of the most significant construction projects Cairo has seen in recent years and we co-ordinated a very competitive tender process to ensure we secured the best power solution for the overall development,” Maged Fawzy of Al-Futtaim Carillion said.

“Having the opportunity to visit the FG Wilson production facility in Northern Ireland and witness in person how the generator sets stand up to an extremely intense testing process was extremely reassuring. We felt confident that the combination of Triangle and FG Wilson would deliver and they certainly have,” he added.