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Schneider Electric Already On the Podium
At the Athens Olympics
Rueil Malmaison, August 5, 2004 – Schneider Electric is participating in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, providing mission-critical electrical equipment to distribute, control and manage the power needed to run sports infrastructure and ensure a comfortable environment. More than eight Olympic venues are equipped with Merlin Gerin, Telemecanique and MGE UPS Systems products and systems to guarantee uninterrupted power supply, so that athletes and spectators are safe and comfortable. The contracts are worth an aggregate €10 million.
The Olympic Village
Schneider Electric has manufactured and installed all of the electrical equipment used to manage air conditioning systems in the Olympic Village, including Merlin Gerin circuit-breakers and low-voltage equipment and Telemecanique contactors, overload relays, pushbuttons and soft starters.
The International Broadcast Center
Olympic events will be televised live and around the clock. Schneider Electric has supplied safe, reliable electrical equipment to ensure uninterrupted operation of the broadcast facilities, with 78 Prisma low-voltage switchboards, 12 Merlin Gerin capacitor banks and a Telemecanique automation system to control master switches and data transmission to the building management system.
The Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Center, the Pampeloponnisiako stadium in Patras,the Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Center, the Agios Kosmas Olympic Sailing Center and the Helliniko Olympic Complex (baseball, softball and hockey fields)
Schneider Electric has supplied all the power supply systems for these five venues, with MV/LV substations, medium-voltage cubicles, power transformers and low-voltage master cubicles.
Upgrading and extending the Attiko Metro
Schneider Electric is guaranteeing high facility uptime for the safety and comfort of users of the Greater Athens Subway system. The installed solution comprises 119 Merlin Gerin medium-voltage cubicles to deliver power for station lighting and ventilation systems and for train traction systems.
Another project is extending lines 2 and 3 by 7.7 kilometers to link-up with the commuter rail network being built in the Athens suburbs. The rolling stock will comprise 17 trainsets that will eventually serve airport traffic as well. Schneider Electric recently signed a new €2.2-million contract for work on the project, involving the design and installation of 123 Merlin Gerin medium-voltage cubicles and 10 power transformers to power lighting and ventilation systems in the new stations and for train traction systems.
1,700 UPS systems in action in Athens
MGE UPS Systems, the world leader in secured power solutions, was also selected following an international call for bids to supply uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems for the Athens Olympic Games.
In all, 1,700 Pulsar, Comet and Galaxy* UPS units have been delivered, representing a total installed power of around 4 MVA. They ensure the uninterrupted supply of high-quality power to such critical applications as telecom and media centers, timing systems and drug testing processes.
MGE UPS Systems has also provided the Olympics organization with a number of MGE PowerServicesTM experts, who are dedicated to preventing any operating glitches thanks to remote monitoring and emergency response.
The contract also calls for the supply of UPS units and additional related services as requested during the development of the Olympic installations. Currently valued at €1.7 million, the project could amount to around €2.3 million.
*Delivered MGE UPS Systems on-line double conversion technology ranges include Pulsar EXtreme C, Pulsar EXtreme, Comet EXtreme, Comet, Galaxy 3000 and Galaxy.
About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is the world’s power and control specialist. Through its world-class brands, Merlin Gerin, Square D and Telemecanique, Schneider Electric manufactures and markets a comprehensive range of products and services for the residential, buildings, industry, and energy and infrastructure markets. Schneider Electric has 82,000 employees worldwide, operations in 130 countries, and recorded sales of €8.8 billion in 2003 through 13,000 sales outlets.
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