Abacus Export Sales Director, John Anthony has just received confirmation of the award of contract to supply, install and commission the complete floodlighting system for the Kensington Oval Cricket Ground in Barbados.
The ground is one of the most famous in the world and has been a cricket venue since 1882, hosting many important and exciting cricket games between local, regional, and international teams throughout its history. It underwent an extensive redevelopment programme which started in 2005 and culminated in 2007 when the Cricket World Cup final was played there.
Plans to floodlight the ground had been ongoing for sometime but the Barbados Cricketing Association decided to wait until the new stadium was completed before it commenced.
The contract awarded to Abacus includes the supply, installation and commissioning of 4 x 60m fixed masts each carrying up to 80 Challenger® 3 floodlights and a 10 year maintenance plan. The completed system will provide lighting levels of 2500Lux on the wicket, 1500Lux inner-circle and 1000Lux on the outfield.
To allow maintenance of the floodlights and fittings the fixed masts will have a man-riding lift fitted externally to the mast and provides access from ground level to the top of the head frame. The Challenger® 3 is a high performance floodlight designed specifically for stadia floodlighting from corner masts. It features IP66 protection and a highly polished reflector system with symmetrical light distribution and offers gun-sight aiming.
John Anthony will be back in Barbados later this month to officially sign the contract with the client, Kensington Oval Management Inc. Installation and commissioning is set to be completed ready for the England Cricket West Indies tour in February 2009.