UCEM Chimborazo is the second largest cement plant in Ecuador, currently producing around 1.6m tonnes of cement annually. When it came to fail-safe power supply for its new clinker line, Cummins was awarded the bid for this emergency power supply contract.
With two existing utilities feeding all loads, a third option capable of managing all critical loads in an emergency situation was required. It was also vital that any new power supply connects to the existing hydroelectric plant to optimize capabilities.
Cummins global footprint came to light in this project, with the sale made by Cummins Spain and installation and commissioning carried out in Ecuador. Installation of the Cummins 1250DQGAE generator set was a challenge due to the cement plant’s location more than 3,000 m above sea level, but Cummins’ expertise and extensive experience overcame the environmental obstacles. The generator set was housed in an 82 dB(A) soundproof container, and the Cummins technical team countered the dry environment with a customized solution to protect the equipment and ensure adequate airflow.