Ensuring a Reliable Power Supply In Gibraltar Is a Challenge Every Day

“At Energyst we always strive to overcome any barrier and exceed our clients’ expectations”
Manuel Mendiola, Sales Manager,
Energyst Mediterranean

Energyst recently extended its contract with Power Utility Gmes to supply power to Gibraltar

Luís García, Project Manager with Energyst Spain, explains: “Gibraltar wants to be self-sufficient in its production and distribution, but it is facing limitations to achieve this goal. The electricity distribution network is small and it is not connected to the Spanish electricity grid.”

This provides a daily challenge in maintaining a reliable supply of energy. In the past, due to an unstable network, Gibraltar underwent multiple and significant power failures. These power failures result in serious consequences which impact on the daily lives of the people of Gibraltar and their businesses.

Whilst a new power plant is being built to definitively supply the necessary power to meet both the business and domestic power needs of Gibraltar, the Gibraltar Electricity Authority (Gibelec) has relied on Energyst for a temporary power generator solution with maximum guarantees.

“With the challenges of overcoming extreme space limitations in Gibraltar, Energyst went above and beyond the limits of engineering.”

Cutting edge generator technology combined with top-notch engineering

Energyst’s Sales Manager Manuel Mendiola reflects on the magnitude of the challenges faced by Energyst. “Our remit was to establish two power plants using cutting-edge generators, met with the added challenge that the available space to implement our solution was extremely limited. We could only meet this challenge by going above and beyond the limits of engineering.”

Energyst had to reach new heights to meet this project’s expectations

“Energyst literally took this project to new heights. The engineering innovation did not come from the generators themselves, but from the ingenious structure that unites them.”, Mendiola continues. Energyst’s highly specialised engineers came up with a way of stacking the generators, using a customised structure for each generator which had to be durable enough to withstand more than 30 tons of weight. By implementing this revolutionary stacking method, we were able to use the space originally allocated for the generators twice as efficiently.

Innovations of this scale do not happen overnight

The project was meticulously planned over several weeks. Both sites had to be fully prepared for the complex construction. We had several contractors building the structures. Safety and security were major factors at all times whilst working in such a limited space with a large workforce. Each part of the project provided several risks, one being working at dangerous heights. Detailed risk assessments were carried out at both sites prior to the start of the project, and monitoring of safe operations at both locations is still very much ongoing.

“The dedication and teamwork of the Energyst staff responsible for the project, gives a totally new meaning to the term ‘24/7 commitment”
Luís García, Project Manager at Energyst Spain

The continuous nature of the Gibraltar project means Energyst is involved at all times

To date, both power plants that were installed in Gibraltar have been running without incidents and providing uninterrupted power.

“The Energyst team responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of this project consists of highly qualified individuals, whose dedication and teamwork gives a new meaning to the term ‘24/7 commitment’. The biggest challenge ahead of us now is to maintain the highest standards of service, quality and safety for the duration of the project. And because we truly believe that Real Energy makes a difference, our team will go out of their way to go beyond that and not just meet, but even exceed our customer’s expectations.”