Two Olympian standby power generators were installed at the 2AAA FM radio station located in Wagga Wagga in the Riverina district of NSW.
As a leading broadcaster in the Riverina district of NSW, 2AAA FM was eligible to apply for Emergency Management Australia funding to maintain on-air capability in the event of mains power outages during storms, fire or other natural disasters.
The standby power generators would help the community radio station maintain communication of vital information with residents in the affected areas during any emergency. The power generators were required for the studio complex and the broadcast tower of the radio station.
After preparing a scope of works that included the generator sets, ancillary electrical switching and wiring work as well as assistance with the complicated compliance conditions that came with the grant, the station approached a number of local electrical companies for quotes.
Being a community run radio station, 2AAA FM lacked the internal resources of their commercial counterparts, leading to the appointment of RIC Electrics following a tendering process to design and install two complete turnkey systems and assist with the complicated compliance issues that came with the grant.
According to 2AAA’s Operations Manager, Chris Jacobson, the radio station received three tenders for the project and local company RIC Electrics was selected as they demonstrated a better level of understanding of the requirements, while still delivering an extremely competitive turnkey solution and assistance with the compliance issues.
Olympian GEP 11SP and GEP 65 generator sets were selected for the installation.
RIC Electrics recommended the two Olympian generator sets on the basis of their proven performance, excellent value for money and support from the national Caterpillar network.
Originally the building was designed to house a generator in the basement, but on RIC Electrics’ recommendation, the generator was located outside the building as it would greatly reduce the impact on the station’s operation when the generator was running.
Additionally, the Olympian generators’ sound enclosures eliminated any concern about the potential impact of noise on the immediate environment.
Olympian generators are distributed in Australia by Energy Power Systems Australia .