Caterpillar dealer Zahid Tractor is supplying hybrid power solutions for The Red Sea Project, which is being developed along Saudi Arabia’s west coast.
The company said it is providing 69 generator sets, up to 32MW of prime power, that can run on both conventional diesel and B100 biodiesel during the construction phase. Once complete, the 28,000sqkm tourism destination will include a total of 16 hotels, an international airport and other commercial operations scheduled for completion in 2023.
The project is said to leverage Caterpillar’s expertise in supplying and maintaining field-proven power solutions that have enabled operation on various hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), biodiesel, and blended fuel products for more than a decade.
Zahid Tractor has already delivered and installed most of the generator sets in weather-resistant, sound-attenuated enclosures that are currently being used to support construction activities and workforce accommodations.
“The Red Sea Project is a global showcase for demonstrating how large-scale economic development projects can incorporate sustainability into their operations to help them achieve their business goals,” said Bart Myers, General Manager for Caterpillar Large Electric Power. He added, “Caterpillar and Zahid Tractor have the advanced technologies and local expertise needed to support every phase of this high-profile project and help attain its business and sustainability targets.”
Zahid Tractor said it is also addressing uptime needs through Customer Value Agreements (CVAs), which include customer technician training, regular maintenance at scheduled intervals, and around-the-clock, on-demand technical support. Additionally, most of the units are equipped with Cat Connect Remote Access Monitoring (RAM), Caterpillar’s advanced data visualisation, reporting and alert offering.
In March 2021, Zahid Tractor said it has integrated Infor ERP systems for machinery and vehicles operations. The firm shared insights into its Digital Transformation journey with Construction Machinery Middle East via a live webinar. In June 2022, WSP & The Red Sea Development Company announced their intent to rollout decarbonised mobility solutions at The Red Sea Project.
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