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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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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... 

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.  

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... 

Platinum sponsor returns to African Utility Week

     5th May 2017 Conference and trade exhibition African Utility Week has welcomed back a long-standing supporter - global energy giant Shell. The oil company will again be a platinum sponsor at the conference and exhibition from May 16 to 18, in Cape Town. 

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... 

Integrated energy solutions Africa’s answer

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 While several large-scale energy projects in Africa are progressing positively, growing global interest in sustainability and renewable energy highlights the need to actively pursue other low-cost, fast-tracked integrated energy solutions that will benefit Africans without access to electricity,... 

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... 

Transforming the African energy landscape

     18th April 2017 Siemens has entered into a local manufacturing agreement with Electro Inductive Industries (PTY) Ltd (Eii), a Cape Town based Level 2 B-BBEE black industrialist company that specialises in the manufacturing of transformers. Through this partnership, Eii will benefit from... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th April 2017 Eskom announced on April 3 that Unit 5 had reached commercial operation. 

Automation products on display at event

     17th March 2017 Industrial product supplier Magnet’s stand at the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference and exhibition, taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28 and 29, will highlight the company’s Carlo Gavazzi automation products portfolio.  

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Kusile power station’s Unit 1 has reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity after initial synchronisation on December 26. 

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... 

DEHN Africa shields wind turbines from lightning and surges

     27th February 2017 The general public’s consumption of alternative fuels is growing including wind energy, which has been used since 2000 BC and is one of the greatest sources of safe and clean energy. Wind farms are fast developing and are created for the purpose of generating large amounts of electric power.... 

LH Marthinusen (LHM), a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd, is a leading repairer of transformers and large rotating machines and manufacturer of specialised transformers, recently completed a breakdown repair on a client’s 45MW Turbo-Generator.

     27th February 2017 A client’s generator suffered an unexpected fault recently, resulting it in having to be taken out of service. The fault could not be cleared on site so the rotor was removed from the assembly, collected by LH Marthinusen (LHM) Denver for assessment in their Power Generation Facility. The... 

LH Marthinusen completes locomotive traction motors manufacturing project

     27th February 2017 LH Marthinusen (LHM), a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd, isa leading repairer of transformers and large rotating machines and manufacturer of specialised transformers, recently completed a contract for the manufacture of 16 new 500kW DC traction motors to replace existing motors for diesel electric... 

LH Marthinusen performs complex repairs on pump station’s hybrid AC motor

     27th February 2017 LH Marthinusen (LHM), a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd, is a leading repairer of transformers and large rotating machines and manufacturer of specialised transformers, recently completed a complex repair operation on a hybrid integrated AC motor unit used to drive a large pump in a South African... 

Belo Monte ultrahigh voltage direct current transmission link, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     24th February 2017 The project involves the construction of a 2 518 km, 800 kV ultrahigh voltage direct current link. 

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. 

ABB Wins $70 Million in Equipment Orders to Expand European Rail Fleets

     22nd February 2017 ABB traction technologies to provide more reliable, energy-efficient trains for rail operators in Switzerland, Sweden and Hungary. ABB has won orders worth $70 million from Swiss train manufacturer Stadler to supply state-of-the-art traction and onboard power equipment to three European rail... 

Asa delivers mixed quarter as Trojan weighs on performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th February 2017 London Aim-listed Asa Resources has delivered a mixed performance in the third quarter as commodity prices declined and some lingering operational difficulties persisted at its Trojan nickel mine, in Zimbabwe. However, the company has implemented several mitigating measures to deal with the... 

LS-MFEZ solar photovoltaic power plant project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 The Bangweulu Power Company plans to build a 50 MW solar plant in the Lusaka South multifacility economic zone. 

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... 

Alto Tâmega hydroelectric complex, Portugal

By: Sheila Barradas     10th February 2017 The Alto Tâmega project will be one of the largest projects of its kind in Europe. 

Up the uptime with high quality electrical products from Powermite

     9th February 2017 Component, equipment and system specialist, Hudaco company Powermite, leads the southern African market in the supply of a fully comprehensive range of high quality, locally manufactured electrical products for a wide range of mining, marine and industrial machinery including mobile generators,... 

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. 

Compact, unified factory automation range means design simplicity for panel builders

     31st January 2017 A smaller, standard component height across all of Omron’s family of factory automation (FA) control devices allows for standardised wiring ducts and component placement, thereby optimising space. A standardised, unified design also means design simplicity for panel builders. The complete Omron... 

Zekelman Industries places orders with SMS group for modernization of ERW tube lines

     25th January 2017 Atlas Tube, a company of Zekelman Industries, reiterates its trust in tube welding technology from SMS group www.sms-group.com. Over the past two years, the company has placed several orders with SMS group aimed at expanding and enhancing the product spectrum of the 8 5/8-inch and 16-inch lines... 

MUR Industries

     20th January 2017 Established in 1990, East Rand-based MUR Industries designs, manufactures and repairs a range of induction heating equipment, with customers as far afield as the island nation of Mauritius. The products that the ten-employee company manufactures, repairs or refurbishes include coils ranging in... 

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... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 Eskom connected the first power-generating unit of the new Kusile coal-fired power station at the end of December 2016. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 The second unit of Eskom's Medupi coal-fired power station was loaded to full capacity in December 2016. 

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... 

E-Houses: Saving Time, Saving Money

     14th December 2016 Speed of installation and cost-effectiveness on a number of fronts makes Shaw Controls’ innovative electrical houses (E-Houses) a popular choice for contractors and other users, according to the company’s managing director Bevan Richards. An E-House is a prefabricated power distribution... 

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