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Portable air compressor and generator specialist Rand-Air recently purchased four Atlas Copco TwinPower generators in order to improve its range of compact solutions. The Atlas Copco TwinPower features two 550 kVA generators in each container.

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This containerised generator solution has a compact footprint, offering excellent fuel economy in demanding modular power plant (MPP) applications. The two modules inside the container can be synchronised so that it is possible to supply either 1100 kVA or 550 kVA. The footprint of the container is smaller than two individual 550 kVA generators, and having the generators in containers protects them against extreme weather conditions.

Rand-Air Fleet Manager Craig Swart says that this is an ideal solution for situations where it makes more sense to have one self-contained unit on site, as opposed to two individual 550 kVA generators in sync. He adds that it is particularly effective for mining operations, offering versatility as a number of the containerised units can be synchronised to provide sufficient power for even a major mining operation.

“For more than four decades, Rand-Air has built up considerable expertise and experience in supplying mines with temporary power (and compressed air), particularly for critical mine shut-down operations,” Swart says.

“Rand-Air is aware of the critical nature of supplying the right size and the correct level of service backup too, which is available 24/7/365. A further benefit that mines receive when dealing with Rand-Air is that, with our long experience, we have a very good working knowledge of the various mines' safety requirements, and are therefore able to fully comply with these.”

In fact, Rand-Air has its own in-house Safety Health Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Manager, who ensures that SHEQ compliance meets all required standards. In addition, where a mine might need replacement power generation immediately, Rand-Air is able to respond very promptly to customer emergencies. “We will either supply from our own fleet and, if that is not possible, we are able to source temporary air or power from other highly reliable sources at short notice,” Swart explains.

For first-time mine customers, Rand-Air can train the mine’s own technician on site and provide an overview of the basic maintenance required for all units supplied by the company. “Rand-Air's introduction of the new TwinPower containerised generators will give our mining customers – particularly those in remote locations – the peace of mind and convenience of having reliable, versatile temporary power just a phone call away,” Swart concludes.

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