JCB has secured a deal worth £10 million which will see the company’s first major entry into the gas powered generator sector. The company’s Power Products division based in Hixon, Stafford, has been enjoying growing success supplying generators to a wide range of applications. Now the company has announced it is to supply 34.5 Megawatts of gas-powered generator sets to leading alternative electricity generating company AGR Group – the largest deal of its kind for JCB.
JCB Power Products MD Jonathan Garnham said: “We are proud to have secured the business with the AGR Group and are delighted to be working in partnership with them to develop our first major gas project.
“This agreement signals an exciting new market opportunity for JCB and the company is working to further develop its product line and service offering in the UK’s alternative power generation market. JCB Power Products continues to deliver an expanding range of power generation solutions, to ensure that customers in all markets can benefit from reliable power supplies.”
The generators will be installed across five sites in England and will include 2.5MW and 2MW generators supplied as both open and containerised models at 11kV and 6.6kV sites.
AGR Director Oliver Breidt said: “We are very happy to be working with JCB on these projects and have been impressed by their flexible approach, moving quickly to make the most of this exciting market opportunity. We look forward to jointly delivering these projects with JCB and are looking into exploring more opportunities together.”
The AGR Group specialises in sustainable, low carbon energy generation for communities and businesses and since 2011 has delivered projects worth £250 million across the UK. With vast experience in solar and wind power, the company has diversified into complementary power supply, using gas-powered generators.
The JCB generators will be powered by proven MTU gas engines, to minimise emissions and reduce environmental impact. They are expected to run for up to 1,500 hours a year, to support the UK’s electricity supply and will be operational by the end of this year.
Engineering procurement and construction works to prepare and install the generators on site are being carried out by APE, Applied Power Engineering, a dedicated JCB Power Products dealer. In addition to the supply of the generators, JCB has won a long-term maintenance agreement to service and maintain all five sites. To provide additional peace of mind, each generator will be installed with remote monitoring to enable 24/7 generator surveillance, ensuring optimal performance as part of the agreement.