Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm
A R66-million contract for design, manufacture and supply of 60 pad-mounted transformer kiosks for the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay wind farm in the Eastern Cape has been awarded to ACTOM MV Switchgear.
The Jeffreys Bay wind farm is one of 28 renewable energy projects being established by independent power producers (IPP’s) as part of a government-approved plan to provide additional power for South Africa to supplement that generated by Eskom’s power stations.
The 28 projects, which comprise wind, solar photo-voltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies, are the first of a series of “Windows” or groups of renewable energy projects due to be established from now until 2030, with approximately one new Window being launched every year up to that date.
The “Window 1” projects will produce a total of 1400 MW of power to be fed into the national grid.
ACTOM MV Switchgear was awarded the contract in early-February this year by Midrand-based electrical infrastructure construction and development company Consolidated Power Projects (CONCO), which is contracted to erect the Eskom and IPP substations, transmission lines and underground collector cabling network linking the wind turbines to the national power grid.
Okkie van Zyl, ACTOM MV Switchgear’s Commercial Manager, said each pad-mounted transformer kiosk (PTK) will contain a customised 2,7 MVA 33 kV/690 V distribution transformer, a 33 kV gas-insulated ring main unit and low voltage equipment.
“ACTOM, with its extensive local manufacturing facilities and expertise, is well placed to meet the local content requirements of the renewable energy projects now being established, with many more to come over the next two decades,” he commented.
ACTOM MV Switchgear, in conjunction with sister company ACTOM Distribution Transformers and in consultation with substation project management contractors like CONCO, has developed PTK’s specially for these applications.
“The 12,4 t renewable energy PTK is a heftier version of the miniature substation used in standard distribution and industrial applications, but with the major difference of containing a transformer with very low load and no-load losses,” Van Zyl explained.
“In addition, the voltages and other requirements often differ from one renewable energy project to another, so there’s a much greater level of customisation involved.”
Deliveries to CONCO of the PTK’s for the Jeffreys Bay wind farm are scheduled to start in July this year and to be completed by November.
ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer, solution provider, repairer and distributor of electro-mechanical equipment in Africa, employing about 7 500 people with an annual order intake in excess of R7.5bn. It is a black empowered company with 42 operating units, 43 production, service and repair facilities, and 36 distribution outlets throughout Southern Africa.
ACTOM holds numerous technology, distribution and value added reseller agreements with various partners, both locally and internationally.
For further information contact Okkie van Zyl, ACTOM MV Switchgear
PO Box 13024, Knights 1413
Tel (011) 820-5006 Fax (011) 820-5212
Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Fax 086-613-9657
Date: May 13, 2013
Caption: A graphic image of the pad-mounted transformer kiosk ACTOM MV Switchgear has custom designed for the Jeffrey’s Bay wind farm, for which it is contracted to produce all the kiosks required for the 60 wind turbines being established there.