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PR Power designs mobile power generation system for remote drilling exploration camp

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PR Power  designed, engineered and supplied a turnkey power generation solution for a remote drilling exploration campsite in the Queensland outback.

Zebra Constructions sought a solution to supply ongoing, uninterrupted power for their customer’s remote Queensland drilling exploration 30-man campsite, which would remain in one location for approximately 4-6 weeks, before being relocated to a new site.

Since conventional camp set-ups would have limitations in terms of accommodating the needs of a frequently relocated campsite, Zebra Constructions supplied a containerised modular camp system for the buildings, enabling quick set up and disassembly, ease of transportation and improved durability. PR Power’s brief was to supply a durable mobile power generation system that would reliably match these requirements.

PR Power designed a generator power system utilising two 100kVA Model PR110P-SAE prime powered generators mounted on a common skid base complete with a 4,500L bulk fuel tank and all necessary power connection points including an automatic transfer switch (ATS). Both generators are also fitted with three way fuel valves, so that they can operate from their own fuel tanks within the generator enclosures.

Each PR110-SAE generator is designed with 550L fuel tanks (fully bunded for environmental protection) that can be used as an emergency reserve, providing up to 38 hours of run time. This would ensure continuous power supply for 2½ days in the event of the bulk fuel tank not receiving fuel in time for any reason.  

PR Power designed the mobile power generation system with one generator functioning as the primary power supply, receiving its fuel from the bulk tank, and the second unit acting as a back-up power source during servicing or in the event of failure of the first genset. The generator system would ensure up to 10 days of continuous, uninterrupted power between refuelling. 

Key benefits of the mobile power generation system:

  • Automatic changeover from the primary generator to the secondary without any human intervention
  • Provision made for the main camp distribution board to be mounted on the unit to speed up connection
  • 10.6m L x 2m W skid base simplifies transport and eliminates the need for cranes during relocation
  • Gantries fixed around the generators allow servicing to be performed quickly and efficiently

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