Units add reliability

2017-05-17 06:02
The Northern Cape Operating Unit prides itself in being one of the operating units to put the newly-designed specialised mobile transformer to the test. Photo: Supplied

The Northern Cape Operating Unit prides itself in being one of the operating units to put the newly-designed specialised mobile transformer to the test. Photo: Supplied

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The Northern Cape Operating Unit prides itself in being one of the operating units to put the newly-designed specialised mobile transformer to the test.

The process to purchase the two 132/66-22/11KV mobile transformers started in 2012.

Following a rigorous procurement procedure, Siemens was awarded the contract to manufacture the units.

This reportedly led to the delivering of the first of the two units in March this year – ahead of scheduled time – and helped to provide continuity of supply to an area where electricity had been interrupted.

The second unit will be delivered at the end of May.

Acting general manager of the Northern Cape Operating Unit, Klaas Gouws, said the specialised mobile transformers could be temporarily used during breakdowns, maintenance or substation refurbishment.

“They are of huge benefit to our customers, as they provide improved quality of supply and reliability.”

According to Gouws, Eskom lost three transformers at the Harrison substation on the outskirts of Barkly West in March.

Despite a rigorous transportation permit processes, the first mobile unit was instantly dispatched to the site and connected to the grid.

“This helped minimise the duration of the outage.”

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