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How to a-Vert the worst effects of loadshedding

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VERT Energy is well-positioned to assist businesses and manufacturers curtail the negative financial and productivity effects of power outages, through the supply and support of a wide range of globally recognised components and systems.

That’s according to Grant Robertson, Managing Director of the electric power generation company.
“We understand the critical role electric power generation performs in every industry and we know how important it is to have a secure and efficient power supply and a dependable support facility – especially as load-shedding has returned to disrupt the already struggling South African economic landscape,” he said.

Apart from its extensive distribution reach of electric power generation products to generator Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contractors throughout Africa, the company provides an extended tier of service support.

“Our team of factory-trained technicians is able to help with most electro-mechanical breakdown or repair problems with diesel generators and ancillary equipment. On-site services – which are especially critical for companies in remote locations – include annual maintenance and inspections, commissioning of new sets, fault finding, as well as the refurbishment and repair of most types of generators.

“We are able to service, maintain, repair and refurbish radiators, diesel engines, alternators, genset controls, switchgear and electric motors in both low and medium voltage applications. Our engineers also have the expertise to assist with re-assembly, installation and commissioning of power generation systems.”

Robertson added that the company has extensive on-site experience in critical power applications, including datacentres, smelters and foundries, power plants, onboard marine vessels, offshore oil and gas platforms, hydro-power plants, mining operations, telecoms base stations and commercial office environments.

Service Manager Johnny Canada underlined the importance of maintenance. “Our experience over the last decade shows that more than half of the failures relating to continuous and back-up power systems, can be attributed to a lack of inadequate annual maintenance, or the use of inferior quality generic parts, that are not approved by OEMs,” Canada said.

With this in mind, the company has developed a preventative and emergency maintenance programme, designed to minimise the downtime of either prime power or standby generators. This customised service – covering breakdowns, repairs, remanufacturing, routine service and maintenance – is offered to all companies, whether they operate single units at one location, or fleets of units across multiple sites.

Proactive maintenance management not only increases reliability of a system, but also upholds consistent procedures and schedules and maintains the factory warranty coverage of every component. The company uses original spare parts and accessories, according to stringent OEM specifications.

Where repairs are not possible on-site, work is undertaken at Vert Energy’s Johannesburg workshop, or at one of the company’s power partner network repair facilities in Africa or in factories in Europe, China and North America.

Vert Energy, exclusive distributors of Leroy Somer alternators, electric motors, geared motors and drives in Southern Africa, is also the authorised sales and support partner for DEIF generator controls, API/Covrad GT Heat Transfer, ASCO automatic transfer switches, Avtron and Froment load banks and Allight Lighting towers.

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