CAPS Australia is positioning itself as a growing force in power generation, having just announced a landmark contract win for providing a turnkey supply of generators and associated systems for the entire Barangaroo South precinct—the commercial centre of Sydney’s largest redevelopment project this century.

The contract, conceivably the most significant in CAPS’ 34 year history, was recently finalised. It will be the company’s second time working with project developer, Lend Lease, following a successful bid for the installation of two 2,000 kVA generator sets into Sydney’s MidCity during its construction in 2009.

Lend Lease’s latest development, Barangaroo South, will be a major Asia-Pacific commercial hub, establishing a spectacular waterfront home for international and local financial and professional services organisations, with large floor plate, premium grade energy efficient office space. At the heart of the precinct sits International Towers Sydney, three world class office buildings where CAPS is beginning its work.

The scope of CAPS’ role in the precinct includes the supply, installation, commissioning and warranty of generators, control systems with load management, exhaust systems, acoustics including floating slabs, fuel storage and transfer systems. It will also involve the provision of documentation such as program, drawings, manuals and quality and safety plans. The team responsible for fulfilling these requirements include long-serving CAPS employees along with new personnel dedicated to the project.

CAPS’ Managing Director, Rick Cary, explained the successful bid was the culmination of hard work and perseverance. “Since the tender process commenced in mid-2011, CAPS needed to prove that not only could we prepare a competitive bid but that we were a viable company with the resources and necessary skills to carry out the work,” said Cary. “Our power generation team has proven we are capable of getting the job done on time and in spec.”

Paul Caesar, CAPS’ NSW Business Development Manager for Power Generation, provided an update on current progress. “Although it’s early days, we are progressing well,” he said. “The level of documentation required before being allowed to start on site was much higher than CAPS had previously experienced anywhere in Australia. Not only have CAPS’ Safety and Quality Management Plans been approved but much of our input for the 3D modelling is also complete. All the basement generator sets, including a 2,500 kVA/11kV set, have been approved after factory tests at our Smithfield facility and the first of these was lifted onto the site on July 2. Two 2,000 kVA sets for Tower 2 of International Towers Sydney are due to be lifted on July 5—the first of many tower sets.”

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