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Genmac powers Saudi railways in desert The robust Italian-made gensets are a preferred choice in the kingdom. N SAUDI ARABIA, two railway lines for a total of 2,400km, connect Al‐Jalameed to the coast of Ras Al Khair, and Hail to Riyadh and up to Dammam, crossing the desert. Every 20km along the rail lines, communication and signaling centres are located that are powered exclusively by Genmac generators. Due to high temperature and sandstorms, these gensets are often covered by sand and require clean‐up afterwards. Nevertheless the gensets must work 24/7. Genmac, Italian manufacturer of gensets sets since 1983, has found a solution that required a dedicated engineering and design, radically rethinking the concept of generator in all its structural details to ensure the proper functioning in the desert. The units come with special canopies with mechanical sand rejection filters that protect the heart of the generator and do not require specific maintenance or replacement but only removal of sand from the surrounding areas.
Despite extreme conditions, Genmac generators continuously work since 10,000 hours on an average and some of these have been working for more than 20,000 hours at full performance.
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As a result, despite these difficult environmental conditions, Genmac generators continuously work since 10,000 hours on an average and some of these have been working for more than 20,000 hours at full performance. In addition to the harsh climatic conditions, since these locations are also difficult to reach and isolated, the gensets should, therefore, be entrusted with an expert aftersales that can both maintain the equipment and prevent faults. In Saudi Arabia, Genmac’s trusted local partner is Ayoun Al‐Badr Contracting (ABC) who performs regular maintenance to Genmac generators and ensures the continuous operation and safety of the railway line. ■ The Genmac gensets onsite in Saudi Arabia.
Technical Review Middle East - Issue Two 2019
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