Global beverage giant SABMiller and its affiliate ABI are ensuring uninterrupted production and supply of their world-famous beer and soft drink brands. Reliable power supply is a fundamental aspect of this, and SABMiller has installed standby power generation solutions supplied by Cummins at six important facilities nationwide.
The SABMiller Alrode Brewery, south of Johannesburg, was supplied with four fully containerised C2500 D5A generator sets, which were supplied and commissioned onsite by Cummins. Cummins Southern Africa general manager for power systems Warrick Gibbens notes that the gensets were installed for emergency standby power.
‘The generators were imported with a 50oC radiator mounted, before being containerised in modified 12m shipping containers and electrically assembled in collaboration with our South African engineering partners. The 6.6kV generators boast a prime rating of 1 800kVA, and are powered by a Cummins QSK60G8 engine,’ he explains.
The SABMiller Polokwane Brewery in Limpopo was supplied with two fully containerised C1675 D5 gensets. The 11 kV gensets feature a prime rating of 1 400kVA, and were installed for standby power generation. The generators were also containerised in modified 12m shipping containers by Cummins Power Generation, in close collaboration with its South African engineering partners.
Gibbens points out that the scope of work at the Prospecton Brewery in KwaZulu-Natal involved the supply, installation and onsite commissioning of three C2250 D5 gensets. The generators were delivered directly to the site for installation into a purpose-built generator room. In addition to the supply of the generators, Cummins also supplied and installed the sound attenuation equipment for the generator room. ‘This 11kV standby power generation solution has a prime rating of 1 800kVA, and is powered by a Cummins QSK60G4 engine,’ he adds.
In addition to the breweries, Cummins also supplied power generation solutions to Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) – one of the leading soft drink businesses in the international SABMiller group of companies, and one of the largest producers and distributors of the Coca-Cola Company brands in the southern hemisphere. ABI is the biggest bottler for Coca-Cola South Africa, representing just under 60 per cent of local volumes.
‘To this end, uninterrupted power supply is essential at all times. The contract with ABI included three sites, namely, Devland in Soweto, Gauteng, ABI Pretoria in Gauteng and Phoenix in KwaZulu-Natal. The contract involved the supply and onsite commissioning of three C1675 D5 gensets for Devland, three C1675 D5 gensets for Phoenix and two C1675 D5 gensets for Pretoria, as standby power. The C1675 D5 gensets are powered by a Cummins KTA50G8 engine and have a 1400 kVA prime rating,’ Gibbens concludes.
The SABMiller installations at Alrode, Prospecton and Polokwane included the supply and commissioning of a DMC300 Master Controller to allow for synchronisation with a dual incoming utility mains supply. The ABI Phoenix and Devland sites were equipped with a DMC1500 for synchronisation with a single incoming utility mains supply.