Legrand high power busbars installed at Prime Plaza, Gaborone

Legrand Zucchini busbars, designed for the safe and efficient distribution of electricity, have recently been installed at the new Prime Plaza commercial office development in Gaborone, Botswana.


“This new city centre building, with a reputation as the ‘greenest office development in Botswana,’ will ultimately consist of three buildings, with a total construction area of 11 180 m²,” says Luk Ivens, general manager, Legrand South Africa. “Legrand is proud to be part of this prestigious installation – an important new landmark in Africa.


“What’s important about Legrand’s Zucchini busbar system is its versatility over conventional systems. This system enables easy adaptation to layout modifications to meet the high demands of modern installations and complex requirements, or expansion one day of the existing installation environment. This is more difficult to achieve when using traditional cables because the wiring installation has to be in series and is therefore not easily adjustable to design and installation variables.”



Local specialists, SDM Switchboards, were responsible for the design, supply and installation of the electrical components of this project, including the commissioning and installation of the Zucchini HR 2500A high power busbars.


An important advantage of selecting Legrand components for efficient, safe and flexible power distribution is the immediate integration between the company’s busbar trunking systems, cast resin transformers and XL³ cabinets.


These busbar trunking systems, with minimum overall dimensions, provide flexibility in all areas of the building, including confined spaces. Aluminium or copper busbars and cast resin transformers are equipped with various accessories to provide maximum versatility for any type of power application and in any environment, including areas which are subjected to high thermal stress.


This system is also suitable for environments where there is equipment sensitive to electromagnetic interferences and in the presence of a large number of people. Legrand’s certified low emission (CLE) cast resin transformers can be installed with high power busbars to minimise electromagnetic emissions.


Safety is important in the design of all components. The absence of fuel masses in Legrand’s cast resin transformers is combined with a low fire load typical of busbars. This feature increases the intrinsic safety of a building against the propagation of a possible fire. This fire retardant range is tested for fire resistance according to DIN 4102-09 and EN 1366-3 standards.


The connections of high power busbar line elements have reliable mechanical interlocks for easy installation. This design eliminates errors and prevents potential dangers which can occur with conventional systems when starting up the system.


Legrand’s range of high power products for electrical installations and information networks encompasses distribution, automation panels and protection equipment, as well as cable management systems.


The company offers a technical advisory and support service throughout Southern Africa.


Web:  www.legrand.co.za

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