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WEG Transformers Africa

WEG Transformers Africa (WTA) is one of the largest manufacturers of mini substations and distribution transformers in South Africa. Operating two manufacturing facilities, one in Wadeville and the other in Heidelberg, WTA has the capability to design, engineer and manufacture the complete range presently in use in the country’s mining and industrial sectors.

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Energy efficient transformers reduce financial and environmental costs

     8th December 2017 Electrical solutions supplier Legrand last month introduced its upgraded range of cast resin transformers, which offer advanced environment-friendly features that enable the products to meet the requirements of the new European standard for distribution transformers (EN50541-1) and ensure the... 

Container supplier sees opportunities despite market slump

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 The chemicals, power generation, oil and gas, and petrochemicals sectors have created a significant demand for tanktainers, says container industry provider Container World. Tanktainers, or tank containers, are intermodal containers used to transport liquids, gases and powders as bulk cargo. 

Beryl solar project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 First Solar is building an 87 MW wind farm in New South Wales. 

Altron disposes of Powertech Transformers for R250m

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th November 2017 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) has reached an agreement to dispose of its 80% interest in Powertech Transformers to a broad-based black economic empowerment consortium for R250-million. The consortium comprises European transformer manufacturer SGB-SMIT and local black-owned company Power... 

1 000 locally manufactured valves sold to aid electrical power distribution

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 National research institution Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) collaboration with valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech) has led to the first locally manufactured aluminium valve. To date, about 1 000 butterfly valves, each 80 mm in diameter, have been manufactured... 

Trafo Supplies Dry-Type Transformers For Zuikerbosch Water Treatment Works

     31st October 2017 The advantages that a dry-type or cast resin transformer offers played a role in Trafo Power Solutions securing an order for thirteen custom designed units. These dry-type transformers are destined for installation at the large scale Rand Water Zuikerbosch Water Treatment Works. David Claassen,... 

Loeriesfontein Wind Farm connected to grid

     27th October 2017 Loeriesfontein Wind Farm as well as Khobab Wind Farm, both located in the Northern Cape, are now connected to State-owned power utility Eskom’s grid, through Eskom’s Helios substation and the commissioning of wind turbines has started. “We energised the wind farm substations with Eskom... 

7.5 MW / 5.2 MWh Energy Storage System, installation completed

     24th October 2017 A Smart Energy Storage System Project Santerno installed and commissioned a 7.5 MW, 5.2 MWh storage system to serve as a grid stabilizer in an off-grid petrochemical plant. The system comprises three functional units, each featuring one Santerno Skid controlled by a Santerno power management... 

Gamsberg zinc project a thumbs up for South Africa amid investment slowdown

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Amid low levels of capital project activities in South Africa, the $400-million Gamsberg zinc and lead project, in the Northern Cape, has become the largest mining project under execution in the country. “Commentators have noted that this significant investment in the South African mining... 

Wesizwe continues to advance Bakubung development

By: Anine Kilian     29th September 2017 The development of JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung Platinum Mine (BPM) continues to progress in line with targeted milestones. The company, which late on Thursday reported its financial results for the six months to June 30, said the main shaft commissioning was nearly complete, with the... 

Africa’s Uptake Of Dry-Type Transformers Set To Grow

     18th September 2017 Already popular in North America and Europe, dry-type transformers will soon be seeing greater take-up in Africa through a more concerted entry and support strategy from global leader Hammond Power Solutions (HPS). According to Andrea Giacometti, regional sales manager of the HPS Europe, the... 

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the breakthrough of opening the first new mine in Gauteng, South Africa, in the last 12 years, which is being developed by producer SepFluor’s wholly owned Nokeng fluorspar mine, the company aims to become vertically integrated in the fluorspar value chain in future. Fluorite ore is... 

SA Hippo - World’s Safest Submersible Pump For Underground Mining

     1st September 2017 Coal mining accidents caused by gas and coal dust explosions account for the most fatal mining disasters around the world. However, dangerous Methane gas is present at most underground mines as well and not only in coal mines.  This was, once again, confirmed when a fatal methane gas explosion... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window. 

Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park – Stage 1, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     25th August 2017 Stage 1 incorporates wind turbines and solar photovoltaic modules, with a total generation capacity of up to 375 MW. 

Dry-Type Transformers Ideal For Trend To Modular Sub-Stations

     22nd August 2017 The introduction of Trafo dry-type transformers to the African market comes just at the right time for the end-user, as a number of industry sectors embrace the growing trend towards modularised substations. “Due to the various benefits and the cost effectiveness of modular substations – which... 

Omnia acquires Umongo to strengthen its chemical business

     10th August 2017 Chemical services business Omnia Group’s acquisition of a 90% stake in Umongo Petroleum, effective from 1st March this year, will create new opportunities for Omnia’s chemical business by broadening its current offering and strengthening its sub-Saharan Africa strategy. 

Ingeteam bags 170 MW inverter order for three PV plants in Morocco

     8th August 2017 Ingeteam has commenced the supply of its equipment to three solar photovoltaic power plants in Morocco, totaling 170 MW of output power. These three PV plants, which will be amongst the largest in North Africa, are expected to be operating within a year and to have a service life of at least... 

Red Metal Mining offers bespoke cast resin transformers

     21st July 2017 Diversified project engineering house, Red Metal Mining (RMM), is focused on the specialised design of cast resin dry-type transformers, mini substations, transformer enclosures and electrical automation systems required by mining and associated industries. “Wherever electricity is generated,... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The Loeriesfontein Wind Farm is using a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of its turbines. 

Temporary mobile transformer helps Loeriesfontein connect to the grid

By: Samantha Herbst     18th July 2017 The Northern Cape-based Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has been making use of a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of the turbines – a temporary solution until the wind farm can connect to the Helios substation, which is the permanent grid connection.... 

Advanced grid protection system beneficial for African market

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Power protection solutions provider Swedish Neutral will exhibit its Ground Fault Neutraliser (GFN) earth fault protection system at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa, taking the opportunity to highlight the protection benefits that the system can offer power grids with an unreliable... 

Malawi central bank seeks forex reporting system

By: Marcel Chimwala     14th July 2017 Malawi's central bank is inviting bids for the supply, installation and commissioning of a cross-border foreign exchange reporting system (CFERS) and for the supply and installation of a transformer and ring main unit. The bank is also looking to appoint a contractor to supply, install and... 

CSIR collaboration leads to the first locally manufactured aluminium valve

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th July 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) collaboration with local butterfly valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech) has resulted in the successful development of a standard 80 mm diameter aluminium butterfly valve for use on electrical power transformers. The Paltech... 

CERN electricity upgrade project, Switzerland

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 The project entails the construction of new switchgear to upgrade the European Organisation for Nuclear Research’s electricity grid. 

Traction transformer production facility project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th June 2017 ABB is building a facility to manufacture traction transformers to help power trains and support South Africa's growing railway network. 

Ingeteam supplies its photovoltaic power stations for a 100 MW solar plant in Australia

     26th June 2017 Ingeteam has supplied 23 of its 4.8 MW power stations for the Clare Solar Farm project, located in the Australian state of Queensland. This 100 MWAC (125 MWDC) project, conducted by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), is being constructed by the Australian EPC, Downer EDI. The energy generated by... 

BMR Group raises funds to further fund Kabwe construction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd June 2017 BMR Group has, through the placement of 9.3-million new ordinary shares at 3.75p apiece, raised £350 000 before expenses. The Aim-listed company will use the proceeds to further its Kabwe lead and zinc mine, in Zambia, where civil construction works are under way. 

Trafo Brings Advantages Of Dry-Type Transformers To Africa

     7th June 2017 Modern manufacturing efficiencies and greater market demand has narrowed the price gap between dry-type transformers and traditional oil-filled units, giving customers around Africa the opportunity to benefit from the many advantages of tried and tested dry-type technology. According to Trafo... 

CONCO’s success gained in SA renewable energy market opens doors

     6th June 2017 CONCO, Africa’s largest power infrastructure service provider with 30 years’ Africa-wide experience in transmission, distribution and power infrastructure development, has successfully completed the electrical balance of plant for over nine wind farms and four solar photovoltaic (PV) parks in... 

The New Generation Anti Corrossion Arc Spray System

     26th May 2017 The OC350 is a compact and powerful arc metal spray system that specialises in the application of zinc and aluminium spray wires, used in the field of corrosion protection. The power source with its transformer-rectifier system is designed with its characteristics specific to arc metal spraying.... 

No, we can’t run the country on solar or wind 

By: Kelvin Kemm     19th May 2017 I happened to pick up a South African magazine with this glaring headline: “One solar plant powers 30 000 homes.”  I then read the story. So, let us look at this. Firstly, let me say that I am not antisolar or antiwind. Contrary to claims made by others, I am not against these renewable options... 

Traction transformer investment a response to South Africa’s local-content push

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

ABB opens traction transformer factory 

     18th May 2017 The Global CEO of technology group ABB, Ulrich Spiesshofer, was in South Africa this month to officially open the company’s latest manufacturing investment in the country – a state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. 

Nedre Otta hydropower plant project, Norway

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 The project involves the construction of a hydropower plant with an installed capacity of 85 MW. 

Gold and silver sponsors sign global reseller agreement

     5th May 2017 German conglomerate company and silver sponsor at this year’s African Utility Week, Siemens, and business analytics company and gold sponsor at the event SAP, have signed a global reseller agreement through which SAP will globally resell Siemens’ market-leading meter data management solution... 

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

Siemens enters into local manufacturing agreement with black industrialist firm

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2017 German electronics manufacturer Siemens has entered into a local manufacturing agreement with Cape Town-based black industrialist company Electro Inductive Industries (Eii). Through this partnership, Eii will benefit from internationally recognised skills and knowledge transfer, while Siemens... 

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