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Aggreko backs up Turkish bridge project

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:42 -- Tildy Bayar
Aggreko backs up Turkish bridge project

Aggreko has won a contract to provide backup power for the construction of the world’s fourth longest suspension bridge in Izmit, Turkey.

The bridge, 50 km southeast of Istanbul, is to be the centrepiece of a new, state-of-the-art highway system linking Izmit and Istanbul.

Under the terms of the contract, Japanese construction company IHI Holding, the project’s leader, is to receive 8.6 MW to ensure that critical safety systems and processes remain operational in the event of any disruption in local grid power. Meanwhile, Turkish engineering and construction firm Sezai Türkeş Feyzi Akkaya (STFA), which is building earthquake-resistant pylons for the project, is to receive 2 MW.

As the bridge is located in an earthquake-prone region, STFA said its pylons will be built into earthquake-resistant concrete foundations that will sit on a layer of gravel on the seabed. Aggreko’s power will run the pumps and other dredging activities involved with fixing the pylons in place at depths of up to 40 metres below sea level. Aggreko said its equipment will be mounted on tugboats for transport to the site.   

“Aggreko is well-known for their high quality service and reliable generators. We were delighted they could provide us with a complete solution and offer the flexibility to rapidly increase our power supply as and when needed. The equipment is fuel-efficient and Aggreko’s customer service is top-notch,” said Umit Kaymaz, deputy manager of administration at IHI Infrastructure Systems.

“STFA has a long history of working with Aggreko. We are satisfied with their speed of delivery and strong business ethics. The time frames of this project were critical as the caissons needed to be submerged as per the schedule without any delays, be they due to unexpected causes or equipment failures,” said Bahadir Imirzaloglu, STFA’s project manager.