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Press Office - WEG Transformers Africa

WEG Transformers Africa

Through our two manufacturing facilities based in South Africa, we are one of the largest designers and manufacturers of mini substations and transformers in Africa.

We produce both power and distribution transformers as well as custom engineered mini substations for application specific requirements.

We offer maintenance, repairs and full servicing options for transformers and mini substations. And we operate our own sophisticated in-house oil laboratory for testing and analysis.

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Digitisation set to shake up the energy sector

By: Kim Cloete     1st November 2018 Energy experts believe there are great opportunities to save money and boost efficiency with a move towards more digitisation in the energy sector. They are preparing for a shake-up, spurred on by a move away from conventional generation systems, a surge in renewable energy and the introduction... 

Eskom to add 6 500 km of high-voltage transmission lines by 2028

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th October 2018 Power utility Eskom plans to add about 6 500 km of high-voltage transmission lines and 46 000 MVA of transformer capacity in the next ten years, its latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP), for the period from 2019 to 2028, shows. The TDP, which was released on Thursday, also demonstrates... 

SA HIPPO in big demand for USA Coal Mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Due to President Donald Trump insisting that USA international companies, such as General Motors, bring their manufacturing activities back to the USA it is expected that a shortage of electrical power would be experienced. Several USA coal mines that have been closed for the last 20 years, most... 

Renewable Energy Projects Are ‘Home Ground’ For Raubex Infra

1st October 2018 Renewable energy infrastructure specialist Raubex Infra is looking forward to the rollout of public-private solar and wind energy projects this year and is excited about Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s announcement of a fifth bid window to be launched in November. “Our work in the renewable energy... 

Taiba N’Diaye wind farm, Senegal

By: Sheila Barradas     28th September 2018 Taiba N’Diaye is the first utility-scale wind power project in Senegal. 

Railway Current & Voltage Transducers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 LEM of Geneva, Switzerland have released their new 47 page traction catalogue describing railway current and voltage transducers.  This new catalogue outlines the various technologies used by LEM in their isolated transducers, namely open-loop “Hall”, closed-loop “Hall”, closed-loop fluxgate.... 

Adventures on the interconnected electricity system

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th September 2018 In my last column on the Eskom intergrated power system, I explained that I worked for electricity utility as the senior engineer for operations in the Eastern Cape for just under two years. The backbone of the national grid was the 400 kV powerline system and the 220 kV powerline system, which... 

Johannesburg Water races to deliver emergency measures after fire at Eikenhoff pump station

By: News24Wire      28th August 2018 Johannesburg Water has placed water tankers at strategic locations across the city to assist residents after a power outage caused by a fire at the Eikenhoff pump station resulted in large parts of Johannesburg being without water. The fire, which happened on Monday night, affected the pump... 

Transformer explosion to affect water supply in parts of Johannesburg, Rustenburg

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2018 The explosion of an electrical transformer at Rand Water’s Eikenhof pumping station, in Johannesburg South, will affect water supply to consumers in parts of the West Rand, as well as Rustenburg in the North West province. The transformer, which is part of the electricity facility supplying power... 

Local company offers transformer fire-protection solutions

By: Melissa Zisengwe     24th August 2018 Industrial fires cause damage of about R430-million a year. Transformer fires are disruptive, dangerous and may cause loss of life. Depending on the severity of the fire the likelihood of explosions is very high, says safety solutions provider Sperosens. Common causes of transformer fires include... 

Oil change - What happens to used lubricating oil in South Africa?

19th July 2018 Global warming and environmental pollution has intensified our need to recycle our limited natural resources and to extend the lifespan of the manufactured products we use. The lubricants industry is no exception and currently in South Africa most of the used oil collected is recycled into... 

Avesoro on track to meet full-year production guidance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2018 TSX- and Aim-listed gold miner Avesoro Resources remains on track to produce 220 000 oz to 240 000 oz for the full year, with production having reached 60 231 oz in the quarter ended June 30.  

IT and engineering: bringing it all together

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2018 The maintenance of infrastructure is a vital role for engineers worldwide – to mitigate risks for our industries and for society at large.   With recent advances in information technology (IT), possibilities have opened up to ensure that this maintenance and risk management happens effectively.... 

Laser machine in full production at fabrication company

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine tool supplier Puma Machine Tools completed the supply of its high-end laser profile JinFangYuan (JFY) 4020 machine to a Wadeville metals fabrication company last month. The machine, with a Trumpf TruDisk 3001 laser source, will be used to cut processing plates for the manufacturing of... 

Zest to enter renewables market

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th June 2018 Local manufacturer of large electrical equipment and supplier of motors, drives and switchgear Zest WEG Group Africa has announced exclusively to Engineering News that it has recently restructured its business to include the renewable-energy industry. This move is strategically aligned with the... 

Transforming solutions from ALLU at Hillhead 2018

5th June 2018 The exciting capabilities of the ALLU range of Transformers will be shown at Hillhead 2018. ALLU’s new UK distributor, Blue Machinery Group Company Murray Plant, will be displaying solutions ideal for the requirements of quarrying companies at its purpose built stand. Hillhead, held from the... 

Company offers customisable electrical distribution solution

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions is offering dry-type mini substations as a complete and customisable electrical distribution solution for several applications. “Mini substations generally include oil transformers, but Trafo Power Solutions is now able to design and deliver dry-type... 

On-Site Oil Treatment Saves Transformers

17th April 2018 With what is claimed to be the largest mobile oil regeneration plant in Africa, WEG Transformers Africa plays a vital role in extending the life of South Africa’s transformer population and preventing unplanned downtime within electricity transmission systems. “Ageing transformer oil introduces a... 

Talk To The Experts When Sizing Transformers

19th March 2018 A range of factors need to be considered when correctly sizing a transformer for optimal performance in any application, according to Ronaldo Bertoldi, engineering manager at WEG Transformers Africa (WTA). Ranked among the largest manufacturers of transformers in South Africa – and serving a... 

Eskom to use PEWA as engagement platform

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 With new board members appointed at State-owned utility Eskom, it is important that they create credibility and communicate adequately with the market on what they are doing to stabilise the utility, and the hosting of this year’s Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) will be used as a platform... 

Dry-Type Mini Substation Now Available From Trafo

14th March 2018 Trafo Power Solutions is extending the benefits of dry-type transformers by offering customised dry-type mini substations as a complete and customisable electrical distribution solution for users in mining, industrial, marine, commercial and residential applications. “Using the well-proven... 

China's enviro policies, EV growth two megatrends to boost most commodities

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2018 Chinese actions in recent years to embrace temporary production cuts and enforce stricter environmental regulations are probably here to stay for the long term and have already disrupted a range of commodities, including coal, aluminium, lithium and cobalt production chains. Commodity research... 

Senegal utility awards €197-million grid expansion contract

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Electrical transmission, engineering and maintenance provider Omexom, a subsidiary of Italian energy company VINCI Energies, has won the Société d’Electricité du Sénégal (Senelec) contract to install five new extra-high voltage (EHV) transformer stations, nearly 200 km of overhead and underground... 

WTA Oil Lab Helps Users Avoid Transformer Failure

12th February 2018 Testing transformer oil is a key function end-users should build into their maintenance programmes, as it speaks volumes about the condition of the transformer itself, according to Ronaldo Bertoldi, engineering manager at WEG Transformers Africa. As one of the largest manufacturers of... 

Iron Plant 1 at Highveld Industrial Park for sale

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th February 2018 Production at the Highveld Steel complex, in Witbank Mpumalanga was halted after the steel producer, EVRAZ Highveld Steel and Vanadium Limited, was placed into business rescue in April 2015. However, a business strategy was set in motion to convert the steel complex, into the Highveld Industrial... 

Master Drilling unveils novel mobile tunnel boring system at Indaba

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th February 2018 JSE-listed Master Drilling has launched its new South African-developed mobile tunnel boring system, which is suitable for the excavation of various types of tunnels. Master Drilling executive director Koos Jordaan explained at the unveiling of the system at the Investing in African Mining... 

Partnerships Key As SA Tackles World-Class Gamsberg Zinc Project

5th February 2018 At Vedanta Resources’ Gamsberg mine in the Northern Cape, Zest WEG Group is working closely with lead contractor ELB Engineering Services as a preferred supplier to standardise on its range of transformers and motors across a number of on-site applications. The Gamsberg project is South Africa’s... 

Trafo Fast Tracks Dry-Type Transformers For Bisie In DRC

5th February 2018 Alphamin Resources’ remote Bisie tin mine is being supplied with fit-for-purpose dry-type transformers by Johannesburg-based Trafo Power Solutions, in a fast track project that will see the complete solution manufactured in just 12 weeks. Bisie’s location – some 160 km north-east of Goma in the... 

ACTOM division LH Marthinusen (LHM), a leading repairer of transformers and large rotating machines and manufacturer of specialised transformers, recently completed rebuilding of an Induction Regulator for Stator fed AC Commutator motor.

26th January 2018 The induction regulator had failed entailing the manufacture of a new 3.3 kV 330 kVA line transformer and the rewind of both the stator and rotor windings of the induction regulator. History of the Rotating Machine Application: The induction regulator’s conceptual design was put forward in the... 

Junior projects lighting bright path into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group, which designs, manufactures, markets and installs electrical products and solutions across the full electrical spectrum, is achieving great success with its new specially crafted ‘pavement pounding, search and solve’ business model that ensures... 

Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear heat and power plant project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 The operation of the Akademik Lomonosov was approved in December 2017. 

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... 

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