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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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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... 

APT-TH Series – Three-hole Power Transducer

     14th September 2017 The APT-TH Series Power Transducers monitor watt consumption of three phase loads.  They provide an analog signal proportional to the active power consumed by the monitored load.  The three current carrying conductors pass through the three windows of the top section and the matching voltage... 

Switchgear Solution At DRC Mine From Shaw Controls

     12th September 2017 Leveraging the advantages of a containerised solution, Zest WEG Group company Shaw Controls has provided an optimal medium voltage switchgear solution for the supply of power at a copper mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The WEG MTW05 MV switchgear, the first to be supplied by... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th September 2017 Unit 1 of Eskom’s Kusile power station has been brought into full production. 

Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park – Stage 2, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     8th September 2017 DP Energy is building a solar photovoltaic and energy storage project in Port Augusta. 

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... 

New hyperscale Gauteng data centre confirms significant African appetite

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2017 The new Riverfields Hyperscale Data Centre Facility being built in Riverfields, Ekurhuleni, is an indication of the continuing growth in demand for hosting services in Africa, says neutral data centre firm Teraco Data Environments CEO Lex van Wyk. The demand is driven by big data and cloud... 

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Having reached an advanced stage, power generation technology development has slowed worldwide, with companies instead intensifying their focus on the cumulative energy savings that can be realised through intensive equipment modifications and the disciplined application of existing technologies,... 

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. 

The importance of fire-detection systems in underground mining

     23rd August 2017 Underground mining is an exceptionally hazardous environment, as persons who work underground have limited means to escape in the event of any fire. In certain situations, there is only one escape path, which can be many kilometres long. Therefore fire-detection systems are critical for both the... 

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... 

Vedanta commits majority of Gamsberg capex, progresses waste stripping

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources’ Zinc International subsidiary has committed more than 80% of the $400-million capital expenditure for the first phase of the Gamsberg zinc project, in the Northern Cape. The first phase of the Gasmberg project is expected to have a mine life of 13 years,... 

First delivery of locomotives expected in Q4

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation (BT) will hand over the first of 240 Bombardier Traxx Africa locomotives to State-owned freight utility Transnet, during the fourth quarter of this year. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The project continues to closely manage contractor productivity. 

NUM, ANC ‘very encouraging’ – Royal Bafokeng Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2017 Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday that he was “very encouraged” by the stance taken the day before by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the ruling African National Congress (ANC). “We can only improve the situation if we work together and not against each other,”... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th July 2017 Eskom is focusing on maintaining momentum of construction progress on Units 4 to 1. 

Vedanta’s Zinc International production down y/y in Q1, Zambia copper production improves

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th July 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources' Zinc International business recorded a 25% year-on-year decrease in production to 32 000 t  for the quarter ended June 30 – the first quarter of its 2018 financial year. The decrease was mainly as a result of an planned plant shutdown at the acid plant, as... 

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,... 

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.... 

Eskom showcases turnaround technologies at POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2017

     17th July 2017 Eskom is set to showcase its advanced technologies and operating models at Africa’s premier power sector conference and expo in Sandton this week. As the host utility at POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa, Eskom will lead sessions for pan-African power sector stakeholders, illustrating how its new... 

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... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Eskom signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank, which will form part of the funding for the Medupi power plant. 

WEG Transformers Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     14th July 2017 WEG Transformers Africa (WTA) is one of the largest manufacturers of mini substations and distribution transformers in South Africa. 

Altron subsidiary to sell Crabtree business to Siemens

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th July 2017 JSE-listed Allied Electronics’ (Altron’s) wholly owned subsidiary Power Technologies (Powertech) plans to sell Crabtree Electrical Accessories to Siemens. The parties had entered into a disposal agreement that remains subject to approvals by the relevant competition authorities. 

Minimising arc fault damage with DEHNshort

     7th July 2017 Arc faults have the potential to cause severe personal injury, death and excessive damage to infrastructure, which can result in high revenue losses for businesses due to production downtime. Even in the most modern switchgear assemblies, the risk of an arc fault is imminent, as they can be... 

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... 

Company leads by example in new green premises

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Engineering consultant WSP Africa will be moving into its new head office in Knightsbridge office park in Bryanston, in September, providing its clients with a stellar example of a sustainable building project.  

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. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 Eskom announced on June 1 that Unit 4 had been synchronised to the grid. 

Mothballed Snap Lake mine's equipment to come under the hammer

By: Henry Lazenby     7th June 2017 Surplus underground and surface mining equipment from diamond major De Beers Canada’s suspended Snap Lake mine, in the Northwest Territories, will come under the hammer from Wednesday in a series of negotiated sales and an online auction. TCL Asset Group and Nasdaq-listed Liquidity Services... 

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... 

Measurement of geomagnetically induced currents in substations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2017 Ohio Semitronics USA, have worked with several utility companies in Eastern, Southeastern and Midwest USA to measure a quasi DC current in power substations. This DC current is not generated by the power plant itself rather coming from electromagnetic activity that originates from the sun.... 

Five mobile transformers delivered to Mkondeni unit

     19th May 2017 Five mobile transformers were delivered to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Mkondeni unit in KwaZulu-Natal in March.  The plan to purchase the five 132/88-22/11KV mobile transformers started in 2011 and was followed by a rigorous procurement process. Industrial corporation Siemens was awarded... 

Geosynthetic products supplied for substation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2017 Manufacturer and comprehensive supplier of geosynthetic products Fibertex South Africa is providing an ongoing supply of its geosynthetic products for use in the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Pinotage substation, in the Western Cape. This new large electrical substation is... 

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. 

New CEO Nyati bullish on future of Altron 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2017 As JSE-listed Altron successfully transitioned from a family-controlled and managed business to an independent management structure, newly appointed successor to Robbie Venter, CEO Mteto Nyati on Thursday promised to aggressively drive a strategy aimed at returning the company to its previous... 

Current Electric

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th May 2017 Established in February 1982 and acquired by electrical engineering group Actom Group in June 2008, current and transformers manufacturers Current Electric has been in the forefront of supplying ISO9001 accredited products globally.  

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