High Voltage Equipment Divisional News – Eskom 2 year Frame Contracts

Eskom 2 year Frame Contracts


hv-eskom-jul-11-lrgACTOM High Voltage equipment wins lion’s share of Eskom two-year frame contracts for new T&D equipment

The bulk of the frame contracts to meet Eskom’s estimated requirements for new transmission and distribution equipment over the next two years have gone to ACTOM High Voltage Equipment.

The company has been awarded equipment supply contracts totalling over R715-million in value, which represents just over 67% of the total value of contracts awarded by the utility for circuit breakers, isolators, post-insulators and current & voltage transformers it requires between April this year and March 2013.

ACTOM High Voltage Equipment was awarded contracts in all the above categories. The contracts it won for isolators and post-insulators accounted for 100% of Eskom’s allocation in both cases, covering the full range from 22 kV to 400 kV units.

For current transformers between 22 kV and 132 kV the company won 60% of Eskom’s total requirement in this range and for voltage transformers between 6,6 kV and 132 kV its contract accounts for 40% of the requirement in this range. In addition, the company’s contract for 400 kV circuit breakers covers 40% of the utility’s total requirement for 275 kV and 400 kV circuit breakers during the two-year period.

Doug Thompson, ACTOM High Voltage Equipment’s Divisional Chief Executive Officer, said it was particularly pleasing that the company had won a large slice of Eskom’s requirements for circuit breakers in the new round of frame contracts.

“This represents a comeback for us, as we missed out on the previous three-year frame contract for circuit breakers between 2007 and 2010,” he commented, adding that for the current contract the 400 kV circuit breakers to be supplied will be manufactured at Alstom Grid’s newly-established dedicated circuit breaker manufacturing facility in India, recently visited and approved by a group of Eskom officials.

The majority of the equipment for the other contracts that ACTOM High Voltage Equipment has won in the new allocation is manufactured locally at the company’s plant in Knights, Germiston.

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer and distributor of electrical equipment in South Africa, employing about 6 000 people and with an annual order intake in excess of R5bn. It is a black empowered company with 33 operating units, 27 production facilities and 28 distribution centres throughout South Africa.

ACTOM partners Alstom France for environmental equipment and in serving the maintenance, upgrade and retrofit market for larger boilers, as well as for railway transport activities.

ACTOM holds exclusive distribution, technology and representation rights for Alstom Grid (formerly the Transmission business of Areva T&D) in Southern Africa and maintains management, technical and commercial links to Alstom Grid business units in Europe.

Following the acquisition by Schneider Electric of the global Distribution business of Areva T&D, the distribution, technology and representation agreements that existed between ACTOM and Areva will remain in place until such time as a new agreement has been concluded.

ACTOM formerly traded under the name Alstom South Africa and re-branded to ACTOM in September 2009.


For further information contact Doug Thompson, ACTOM High Voltage Equipment
PO Box 13793, Witfield 1467
Tel (011) 820-5348 Fax (011) 823-9047
E-Mail doug.thompson@actom.co.za
Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Fax (011) 086-613-9657
E-mail mwkraftj@mweb.co.za

Date:  July 18, 2011

Caption:  400 kV circuit breakers like those shown above will be supplied by ACTOM High Voltage Equipment to Eskom over the next two years.