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Standing By At Grand Central

Caterpillar will improve public safety, standby power at Grand Central Terminal

Posted on August 20, 2013

Caterpillar will provide equipment for emergency standby power generation to New York City's historic Grand Central Terminal, operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

The facility was outfitted with two 2000 kW Cat 3516 diesel generator sets and paralleling switchgear to add more backup generating capacity. 

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) managed the design, procurement and installation of the two generators and switchgear for the MTA. The project was intended to provide an additional level of security to Grand Central Terminal in case of problems on the electric power grid that could affect the transportation hub’s electricity service.

Cat said the new backup generators accept ultra low-sulfur fuel in correlation with MTA’s air-permitting restrictions. Another NYPA provision was that the generators, switchgear and load bank were required to be completely factory tested to ensure all emergency power, load sharing and paralleling capabilities were fully functioning together prior to shipment, to avoid complications that could arise in an underground rail tunnel. All components were carefully transported to Grand Central Terminal on rail cars then reassembled on site.