Eniquest Specifies JCB For Higher Power Needs
A long and successful association with Yanmar diesel engines has led Eniquest owner Don Pulver to specify JCB engines for his most recent power generation contract. With 50 years in the power generation business, Don Pulver is something of an industry icon.
Eniquest is a designer and developer of specialised power products to suit specific needs. The market applications cover residential, commercial power back up, telecommunications, military and mining. In trials for a military application in the early 1990s, Don Pulver tested a range of diesel brands but was won over by the Yanmar L70 series, some of which have logged over 6000 hours of trouble free operation.
“That was where our association with Power Equipment and Yanmar began,” Don As a result Eniquest now specifies Yanmar virtually exclusively as our diesel ”
However, when a new customer from the mining industry approached Eniquest to supply power for rapid deployment camps, the demand for engine power fell outside of the Yanmar kW range.
I knew that the Yanmar Distributor, Power Equipment, was also handling the new ” Don said. Initially I was apprehensive of the JCB engine, t know the engine. JCB is a new kid on the block but I looked at the data, asked who was using it and received good feedback from other JCB customers.
Also, if it was being distributed by Power ”
The JCB DieselMax engine is a state of the art 4-cylinder, 4.4 or 4.8 litre powerhouse that apart from being one of the very finest engines in its class on the market, also carries a market leading warranty policy. Quiet operation is another added key feature given that this unit operates with a number of operators working in close proximity to the engine.
The units currently specified by EniQuest are JCB444-TC2 G-drives rated 74kWm (Prime) or 81kWm (Standby) at 1500rpm
The customer had a power need for their rapid deployment camps. These were mobile operations which had a power need that ranged from light loads right through to high demand. The ultimate configuration called for multiple generators to come on stream as demand required via a fully automatic, load sharing system.
At night the system runs at low load, powering air conditioners and some lighting. But through the day the power demand is increased substantially to run the kitchen, laundry and everything else in the camp. Being on a gas field, the entire energy demand is for electrical appliances driven by diesel engines.
A key requirement was that the system had to be simple to control. In a practical sense, the power generation needed to be handled by the camp chef. Likewise for servicing, the engines had to be easily serviced, by a non technical person.
The need was for a low vibration, low noise diesel engine. The JCB 444-TC2 G-drive proved to be the perfect match. Eniquest was impressed with the JCB engines when they arrived and more so when they began the process of building up the packages, fitting their own gear and electrical systems.
“When we came to run the JCB, they were perfect,” Don Pulver said. “We are so happy that we’ve ordered a batch more JCB engines to build 3 to 4 gen sets at a time.”
Each of the 80 kVA rated gen sets is self contained, with its own diesel fuel tank under the unit. A bank of four units is loaded on to a common semi trailer, making the power system completely mobile.
One of the critical aspects of the equipment built by Eniquest is reliability.
“We don’t have problems,” Don Pulver said. “Our equipment is sent to remote locations both in Australia and overseas. Eniquest power generators are in the Pilbara and on oil rigs. We don’t want to see them again so we ensure that we get our equipment right, the first time.”
“JCB engines certainly fit the bill for quality and reliability. We want to supply a product that doesn’t have any problems or complaints so our partnerships with Yanmar and JCB via Power Equipment is highly valued.”