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Friday, 14 January 2011

Middle East Power editorial Feb 2011

The following article is a copy of the editorial in the February addition of Middle East Power.  Middle East Power is the official magazine for the Dubai based Middle East Electricity Show held on the 8th to the 10th February 2011.

This press feature covers a recent load bank rental project for the new Green Line of the Dubai Metro which used both hire AC & DC load banks.

The Dubai Metro loads up with Hillstone
In a major contract Hillstone Products Ltd recently provided loadbanks for 
the autonomous testing of the UPS systems installed by the Dubai Metro, a 
driverless, fully-automated Metro network in the United Arab Emirates 
city of Dubai in the UAE. WIP has the story.

When the Dubai Metro needed to find load banks to commission standby UPS systems on the Dubai Metro Green Line, it was fortunate that a UAE hire fleet from Hillstone Products had just the range of AC & DC load banks to fit project requirements.

The Dubai Metro, a driverless, fully- automated Metro network in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai in the UAE, has already carried approximately 20 million passengers since it opened in 2009.
Hillstone reports that 200kW and 300kW AC units along with 120V DC load banks were supplied for autonomy load testing and battery capacity testing by the Metro.

Paul Smethurst, MD of Hillstone, told MEP: “Since 2008 Hillstone have successfully operated a specialised Load Bank Rental Service from Dubai covering the whole Middle East region.”
Hillstone’s Load Bank Fleet contains an extensive range of both AC and DC units. The DC load banks are said to be very portable and allow for ease of movement to the battery or UPS room by one man.  The AC load banks are designed with a small footprint and can deliver high power ratings with the use of the intelligent parallel hand held controller.

A cornerstone of the successful rental service is the technical support given by the UK engineering department, says the company. Every enquiry is fully supported to ensure the UAE sales team can provide the highest engineering standard and solution to the customer.
Part of the technical discussions for DC load banks requirements often starts with the need to established the type, size and capacity of the battery to allow selection of a suitable load bank, says Paul.
“Our customers get the reassurance from our extensive experience of UK engineering standards to ensure the load bank package suits the commissioning needs” Paul reports.

“Our DC load banks are used for commissioning testing for both Ni-Cad and Lead Acid batteries used on telecom and UPS standby systems. With ratings available from 12V to 600V and allowing discharge testing from 50A to over 4000A, we can satisfy most requirements across the Middle East,” says Paul.
All the specialist equipment has been designed and manufactured by Hillstone in the UK and regular additions to the fleet are introduced.

The Middle East fleet includes AC load banks of both single-phase and 3-phase designs with portable equipment rated from 14KW 240V single phase. Larger 3 - phase designs include 100KW, 200KW, 300KW, 500KW and 650KW load banks, with total power availability of over 3000KW when the units are linked together.

One recent project involved the supply of 650KW load banks to Qatar Gas for the Dubai-based oil rig manufacturer J Ray McDermott. A load bank was required for the commissioning & testing of the platform’s electrical power system during production in Dubai and also during the rig transfer to Qatar.

Hillstone has expansion plans for 2011 which include the opening of a new rental depot in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “This is a very exciting opportunity with the introduction of a depot inside the Kingdom allowing for an enhanced service to customers and an opportunity to overcome the importing and re export costs presently experienced,” Paul concludes.    Tel +971 503690433 

Monday, 10 January 2011

Safety First for Hillstone Load Bank Hire Service

The site service division of Hillstone Products has been developed for delivery, installations and removal of rental load banks.   Our abilities now extend to provide the highest safety standards when supplying from the wide range of AC load banks used for testing UPS systems, gensets and HVAC.

The site service team operates using:

  • 4x4 towing off road utility vehicles
  • Jumbo transit vans
  • Long wheel based towing vans

All vehicles are fitted with rear view camera's and reversing sounders, flashing roof and front grill beacons to comply with UK health and safety on-site driving requirements.
When the need to provide a road tow load bank exists we can use vehicles that are fitted with digital tachographs so we can comply with European driving legislation 

Where possible we utilise our low carbon emission vans, this both keeps our transportations costs to a minimum and improves our impact on the environment.

Our proactive safety policy is backed up with our ISO9001 quality standards which includes our vans being fitted with winches for the use with tail ramps to allow the safe loading and unloading of load banks. 

We are therefore not dependant on using customers or site fork lift trucks so unloading on busy sites is kept to a minimum and thus improving our efficiency and keeping customers costs to a minimum.

The site service package also includes a high level of documentation such as specific and generic method statements and risk assessments, operating manuals, installation diagrams and equipment quality assurance certificates.

Each load bank technician is equipped with CSCS cards and full PPE equipment to UK standards including: goggles, gloves, hats, boots, high viz clothing.

Our site duties ( when requested ) includes for site survey, equipment off loading, cable laying, positioning of load banks, providing safety barriers and cable ramps and operating the load banks.  

Our reputation for high levels of professional service and politeness is ensuring customers use Hillstone as their preferred load bank solutions partner.    Tel +44(0) 161 763 3100