Powering Tasmania with Olympian Generators

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Contact Group’s specialised Renewable Energy and Generation division services a diverse market, from agriculture and aquaculture to public health, mining and government assets.

“Working with dealers like the Contact Group gives us a significantly enhanced coverage and market presence,” says Dave Cronin, EPSA’s National Business Manager, Electric Power Retail.

Recent successes include the supply of Cat® and Olympian gensets to the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Huon Aquaculture, North West Regional Hospital and the Port Arthur Historical Site.

“Contact is a wholly family-owned business and as such its profits are spent in Tasmania assisting the state’s economy,” says Business Development Manager Andrew Otley.

Operating since 1986, and until recently known as Contact Electrical, the business offers a wide range of electrical services including power generation. 

“The Contact Group has continually evolved and grown around the highly innovative electrical industry.” 

“We have gradually expanded and re-branded earlier this year to enable greater focus on each of our services and divisions.

“This positions us well to design and construct turnkey solutions encompassing the latest technologies, primarily focusing on the services offered from our nine bespoke divisions. With offices in Launceston, Hobart and Burnie, we can provide true statewide market coverage.

“We are proud to recommend Cat and Olympian products to our customers because of their solid market reputation. The local service and maintenance capabilities of Cat and Olympian products, offered by William Adams,
is also a crucial component to any sale.

“A lot of companies we deal with ‘talk the talk’ but EPSA is the real deal,” adds Andrew.

“All interactions we have are always smooth and transparent. EPSA has never failed to deliver. We take our market reputation very seriously and we need our suppliers to perform.”

"EPSA tick all the boxes for us."

Developed specifically to service and maintain generators across all sectors of Tasmania’s industry, Contact’s Renewable Energy and Generation division services and maintains complete systems offering 24/7 service for Olympian and Cat diesel, gas and marine generators, and gas turbine co-generation units.

“All work is carried out in-house, including electrical works associated with the installation of new generators that comprise switchboards, automatic transfer switches and control systems, ensuring a seamless installation service.”

Hart MarineHuon Aquaculture

Supporting sustainable fishing processes

Every year, Huon Aquaculture produces over 15,000 tonnes of fresh Atlantic salmon on the south and west coasts of Tasmania. Reducing and eliminating stress on the salmon is a key sustainability focus that directly contributes to the welfare of the fish and to product quality.

In order to support small fingerlings being introduced to saltwater for the first time, Huon uses an Olympian GEP 400-3 generator with custom enclosure to supply power to two 200-kilowatt chiller units to cool water in the offshore pens.

Huon has also committed to standardising its fleet of feed barges and well boats with Olympian generators to ensure better fuel consumption and guarantee the availability 
of local servicing.

North West Regional Hospital (Burnie Campus)

Powering essential medical care

North West Regional Hospital is the primary healthcare facility for the north-western region of Tasmania, with its larger campus at Burnie. Working with the hospital’s electrical consultant on the tender, Contact Group helped with the design and specification of an appropriate Cat generator for building extensions.

The installed unit is a 750 kVA generator that is upgradable to 900 kVA if required. A Contact-designed external fuel tank feeding system uses the site’s existing fuel storage system and high-level BMS integration to send alarms from the generator through a series of workflows created to alert staff of potential problems.

The Easygen control system synchronises the Cat unit with the existing onsite generator and controls the start-up of both machines should the hospital’s load change.

The generator has been installed with a Cat acoustic dampening enclosure to ensure minimal noise levels.

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