Andy in UgandaOn Thursday 2nd December, P & I engineers Andy Taylor and Gary Chrismas flew out to Entebbe in Uganda, just north of Lake Victoria.

This is Andy and Gary’s second trip to Uganda, having been there two years ago for an initial assessment. On our original trip, we were tasked by the Medical Research Council UK (MRCUK) to assess the electrical infrastructure at a number of their sites in Uganda. Following our assessment, the MRCUK purchased a generator and electrical switchgear to accompany two of their existing FG Wilson generators at the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS in Entebbe. The design of the equipment and their manufacturers were taken into account so that local support could be given in the future.

The new generator was delivered on site at the research unit in November 2014 and a local Ugandan company completed the basic mechanical installation. Andy and Gary have now returned to undertake a series of works including completing final cable connections and upgrading the FG Wilson generator control panels. Commissioning will involve synchronising tests between each set using a load bank and final tests supporting the site load.

The MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research on HIV infection and related diseases. With its headquarters in Entebbe, it is vital that that the site has a critical power solution with the research unit consisting of research clinics, laboratories, administrative offices, technical and infrastructural support services, plus much more.

This is just one of many overseas projects that P & I have in the pipeline. Keep an eye on our website for more information about upcoming projects.

New generator at P & I before shipment

New generator at P & I before shipment

New synchronising switchboard in the test bay

New synchronising switchboard in the test bay at the factory acceptance test before shipment.