Newton Derby takes off with Royal Air Force genset order

Leeds, UK-based specialist generator manufacturer Newton Derby has been awarded a £1.15m ($1.67m) contract to supply two new generators to the Royal Air Force (RAF) base in Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

The new generators will be used to support the four Typhoon Squadrons based at the Lincolnshire RAF station. Newton Derby will project manage the contract, which involves some of the leading companies in their field, to provide the specialist services required.

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RAF Coningsby has ordered two generators delivering 2 MW total load, as well as an acoustically attenuated building enclosure, new fuel supply pipe work, daily use fuel tank, and all associated High Voltage (HV) and Low Voltage (LV) switch gear.

The installation also includes a control and synchronization panel, step-up transformers and protection. As part of the works a new UPS installation to four squadron buildings are to be provided.

Newton Derby’s sister company, Winder Electrical, will provide the step-up transformers, switchgear and installation. Advanced Diesel Engineering Ltd will supply the diesel generators, sychronization panel and acoustic enclosure, whilst Andel Ltd will complete the buildings work and install the new fuel pipe line, pumping systems and the day tank.

Although Newton Derby has a rich history of supplying the armed forces, this latest contract marks a successful realignment strategy by the management team, as general manager Stephen Wood explains. “Historically Newton Derby has been synonymous with portable generator units for the armed forces, including ac and dc generators for armoured vehicles, ground power units and unmanned air vehicles.”

“This latest contract win demonstrates that our technical and project management skills now allow us to successfully manage a much wider range of projects, with the feedback from the RAF that we were awarded the contract on the basis of our excellent technical presentation.”

Following the success of this latest win on the back of continued sales growth, Newton Derby is currently tendering for several other contracts in the defence industry.

Wärtsilä increases offering of engineering services with workshop

Wärtsilä has increased its range of engineering services available in Italy with the opening of a brand new workshop in Taranto, an important commercial and military hub in the Puglia region of Southern Italy.

Relocation to the new, much larger facility provides a more suitable base from which to develop its offering in the region.

The new workshop is equipped to perform overhauling services for diesel and gas engines. It is implemented in full compliance with the latest Wärtsilä workshops standards. The size of the previous premises was found to be limiting in the type of services it could offer its customers.

“The new 700 m2 workshop with its five tonnes lifting capacity, is ready to support a variety of customers, and is particularly oriented towards serving bio fuel power plant installations in the Southern and Eastern part of Italy as well as the Taranto Italian Naval Base,” said Guido Barbazza, Director, Field Service Workshops, Wärtsilä Services.

The new facility opened at the end of January with an experienced 12-man team capable of providing a wide range of engine components overhauling, re-machining and honing services.

Wärtsilä in Italy is present in Trieste with engine production, parts warehouse and service workshop. The company also has service workshops in Genoa and Napoli and employs in total more than 1500 people. Wärtsilä has been present in Italy for more than 20 years.

Caterpillar extends financing programme on compact generator sets

Caterpillar is offering zero per cent financing on all North American compact generator sets of 600 kW and smaller. This programme is designed to help customers meet their needs for standby and prime power applications while benefiting from below-market interest rates and is available only through Caterpillar dealers.

The financing program, extended through its subsidiary, Caterpillar Financial, offers zero per cent APR over a 12-month repayment period on any qualifying purchases made before 31 December 2009 and shipments scheduled prior to 31 May 2010.

Promotional rates will apply on all new Caterpillar and Olympian diesel or gas generator sets up through and including 600 ekW, as well as rental XQ packages and Caterpillar-branded ATS, UPS and switchgear products including PointGuard systems.

The program encompasses installment sale contracts and full payout finance leases. Caterpillar’s zero per cent APR financing offer is based on price and applicable sales tax. An additional ten per cent of the total purchase can be used for customer installation and other soft costs. Low financing rates are also available to qualified customers purchasing equipment on longer terms.

All rates are subject to change on a quarterly basis and are based on approved customer credit. Cat Power Finance quotations will remain valid for 30 days beyond the date of the quote.