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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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Medupi Power Station Integration Project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 Eskom has energised and commissioned the second 500 MVA power transformer at the newly built Ngwedi substation. 

Power products on display at Solar Show Africa

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Global electronics company Omron Electronics will showcase its power-monitoring, power-management and energy-saving products at the Solar Show Africa 2017 – which runs alongside the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28 and 29.... 

Eskom energises a second 500 MVA transformer at the Ngwedi substation

By: Anine Kilian     9th March 2017 State-owned Eskom has energised and commissioned the second 500 MVA power transformer at the newly built Ngwedi substation, in Rustenburg, North West, bringing the total transformer capacity to 1 000 MVA. This will provide improved flexibility and reliability of the network in South Africa’s... 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th February 2017 All four units at Ingula are now commercial and produce a combined 1 332 MW. 

Misunderstandings About Fire Door Legalities

     22nd February 2017 An alarming level of misunderstanding about fire doors exists among specifiers, manufacturers and installers, says Bob Vollmer, director of Bitcon Industries in Jet Park. Bitcon - one of the oldest manufacturers of fire, transformer, radiation and security doors in Africa – is this year... 

Spotlight on Omron PID solution at The Solar Show Africa 2017

     15th February 2017 An industry-leading solution to the problem of Potential Induced Degradation (PID), which can slash the output of a solar-power plant by as much as 70%, will take centre stage at The Solar Show Africa 2017 from 28 to 29 March at the Sandton Convention Centre. This leading exhibition and... 

Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm project, Wales

By: Sheila Barradas     10th February 2017 Senvion has signed a contract with Innogy Renewables to supply 16 wind turbines to the Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm project. 

Medupi Power Station Integration Project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd February 2017 The project aims to support the grid system between Limpopo and the North West. 

Complete solution provided for medium voltage applications

     27th January 2017 Last month, automation solutions provider Weg launched the new MVW3000 series of variable speed drives (VSDs) for voltages from 2.3 kV to 8 kV and power levels from 280 kW to 2 400 kW. Weg highlights that this series is built with multilevel technology and cascaded H-bridge inverters. The... 

Electronics company boasts unique PID inverter

By: Sascha Solomons     27th January 2017 Global electronics company Omron says the Omron KP100L photovoltaic (PV) inverter has the unique distinction of being the only potential induced degradation (PID) preventive inverter on the market. “The importance of this has been recognised in recent years, owing to the introduction of increased... 

Zest Energy Provides Mobile Power For Kamoa-Kakula Mine Development In The DRC

     16th January 2017 The development of the world’s largest high-grade copper deposit – the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo– now is running on power from the DRC’s national grid using a mobile substation recently commissioned by South Africa’s Gauteng-based Zest Energy. The 120/11 kV... 

Northern Cape wind farms receive main transformers

By: David Oliveira     16th December 2016 The Northern Cape-based Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farms announced last month that they had received their main transformer, which were transported by road from Johannesburg. The 160 MVA transformers are to be housed in substations, from where all the generated power from the wind farms will... 

Eskom energises 500 MVA transformer at Rustenburg substation, platinum industry to benefit 

By: Anine Kilian     12th December 2016 State-owned Eskom has energised and commissioned the first of two 500 MVA power transformers at the newly built Ngwedi substation, in Rustenburg. The transformer marks a significant step towards the completion of the Medupi Power Station Integration Project and will provide improved network... 

Proposed standards for vegetable oil for use in transformers problematic – engineer

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2016 The standards proposed for the production of vegetable oils to use as electricity transformer oil are unnecessary, and prevent the inclusion of smaller producers who stand to benefit most and provide the greatest number of new employment opportunities, says retired chemical engineer John... 

ABB supplies first UniPack Compact Substation in South Africa to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology for R1.2 million

     22nd November 2016 ABB's UniPack compact substation will enable the Cape Peninsula University of Technology to improve monitoring of its electrical network and provide real-time training platform for electrical engineering students. ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is supplying a R1,2 million... 

Coke’s upgraded Durban plant on stream in time for festive demand

By: Shirley le Guern     18th November 2016 The R205-million upgrade to the Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) plant in the Phoenix Industrial Park in Durban and the replacement of a seventies packing line, has come on stream just in time for the busy festive season. The upgrade of the line, which has trebled capacity, came with... 

Eskom renews commitment to GO15, executive elected to board

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2016 Eskom on Tuesday said it would continue investing in transmission infrastructure, aimed at leveraging advanced technology solutions for a reliable and sustainable power grid. As one of 19 international large power grid operators (PGOs), Eskom is a member of global PGO voluntary initiative GO15,... 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th November 2016 Unit 3 of the Ingula-pumped storage scheme has been synchronised to the grid. 

Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear heat and power plant project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     14th October 2016 The first sheet pile for the on-shore coastal infrastructure for the floating nuclear heat and power plant was driven into the foundation on October 4. 

Power transmission upgrade project, Poland

By: Sheila Barradas     14th October 2016 The project involves the provision of energy efficient transformers that will extend and upgrade the power transmission grid in Poland. 

Eskom, IDC to collaborate on validating use of vegetable oils in utility transformers

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2016 Power utility Eskom and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on Thursday signed a memorandum of agreement at a technical workshop at the Eskom Academy of Learning, in Midrand, to complete feasibility studies to enable the adoption and use of natural esters, or vegetable oils, as... 

High Risk Inland Mini Substations Mitigate Against Vandalism And Copper Theft

     27th September 2016 Electrical substations pose a number of unique challenges including vandalism and the theft of copper. This is especially true for mini substations, which are often located in residential areas and in remote rural areas, and applies to those owned by power utilities as well as private owners.... 

SMS group commissions new compact steel plant of El Marakby

     13th September 2016 On August 2, 2016, the new compact steel plant of El Marakby in Giza, Egypt, was officially opened with an inaugural ceremony. The electric steelworks supplied by SMS group www.sms-group.com has an annual capacity of 350,000 tons. It comprises a raw materials handling system, a 45-ton electric... 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th September 2016 Unit 1 of Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme entered into commercial operation on August 30. 

Kelvion Thermal Solutions

     9th September 2016 Kelvion Thermal Solutions – formerly GEA Aircooled Systems – designs and manufactures heat exchangers, pressure vessels and cooling systems for the petrochemicals and power industries. GEA Aircooled Systems was founded in 1975 in South Africa. GEA sold GEA Heat Exchangers Group to an investor,... 

Changji–Guquan ultrahigh-voltage direct current link project, China

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd September 2016 The project entails the development of the world’s first ultrahigh-voltage direct current transmission link. 

East-West Tie power transmission project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The project is required to ensure the long-term reliability of electricity supply in north-western Ontario. 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The second unit at State-owned electricity provider Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme entered into commercial operation on August 23. 

KiPower independent power producer (IPP) plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The final environmental-impact report and the environmental management programme for the Matla-Glockner loop-in and loop-out transmission line project has been submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs for review. 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 An update on the third window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Rosenergoatom is building the first floating nuclear power plant project, Russia. 

Contractor for Mpumalanga power lines EIA named

By: David Oliveira     19th August 2016 Engineering and environmental consultants Jones & Wagener announced earlier this month that it had been appointed to undertake an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the proposed construction of two loop-in and loop-out 400 kV power lines to connect the approved KiPower independent power... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Construction of the R3.5-billion Loeriesfontein wind farm, in the Northern Cape, has passed another milestone. 

New fire door in high demand

     19th August 2016 Fire and security doors producer Bitcon Industries has been contracted to supply doors to an array of new shopping centres throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Jet Park-based Bitcon director Bill Vollmer comments that the company is supplying its Rubidor fire doors for the upgrading and construction of... 

First Loeriesfontein wind turbine lift completed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2016 The construction of the R3.5-billion Loeriesfontein wind farm, in the Northern Cape, has passed another milestone, with the lifting of the first of 61 wind turbines completed. It takes a day to lift the 100-m-tall wind turbines – assuming the weather is favourable and the first two sections of... 

Transformer refurbishment benefits port terminal

     29th July 2016 Medium to low voltage transformers are the final, crucial link in transmitting power from the National Grid to the functional equipment, so the impact on a business of a transformer failure can be very significant. Sulzer was recently contracted to complete a refurbishment after the client was... 

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Mariaan Webb     29th July 2016 Eskom has expressed optimism that the full 1 332 MW plant will be completed ahead of its official timeline of July next year. 

As consortium leader, SMS group supplies turnkey production plant for the manufacture of railroad wheels to RINL

     28th July 2016 Indian steel producer Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited  has placed an order with SMS group (www.sms-group.com) to supply a plant for the manufacture of railroad wheels. From the fall of 2018, RINL will start production in the new factory in the Northern Indian province of Uttar Pradesh. SMS group... 

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