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Specialised PIX Switchgear


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpecialised PIX switchgear from ACTOM MV Switchgear installed in Burnstone mine’s main intake substation

ACTOM MV Switchgear recently completed two contracts for distribution of 11 kV power at the new Burnstone underground gold mine near Balfour, Mpumalanga.

The contracts, together worth over R10-million, involved supply of specialised PIX air-insulated primary distribution systems switchgear from Schneider Electric (formerly Areva T&D) for installation in the substation supplying power to the mine, while the second contract was for both surface and underground electricity supply, comprising locally manufactured SBV4 switchgear equipment.

The contract for construction and supply of 23 PIX switchgear panels came from Midrand-based Consolidated Power Projects (CONCO), which was responsible for construction of the mine’s 88 kV/11 kV main intake substation. The contract was awarded in mid-2009 and completed in February 2010.

“This order was the largest order we have received to date for PIX for an industrial application since our introduction of this product into the local market at the beginning of 2009,” commented Alec Duff, ACTOM MV Switchgear’s Marketing Manager.

The company introduced PIX to spearhead a drive to gain entry into the power generation and industrial high fault level markets. “PIX is ideal for MV network applications in Eskom’s new power plants and has a number of features that we believe gives it the edge over similar products on offer,” commented General Manager David Geldart at the time.

The company was subsequently successful, later in 2009, in winning a prized R275-million contract from Eskom to supply a total of 640 PIX units for installation in the new Medupi coal-fired power station currently under construction. This order marked ACTOM MV Switchgear’s entry into the power generation market.

PIX is an advanced air-insulated range of switchgear that conforms to the international IEC 62271 Parts 100 and 200 standard and is internal arc classified up to 50 kA for 17,5 kV. It is compact, requires minimum maintenance and has a number of built-in safety features.

In late-2009 Burnstone mine, which is owned and operated by Great Basin Gold Ltd, awarded ACTOM MV Switchgear a contract for 35 SBV4 11 kV switchgear panels for surface and underground power supply. Deliveries of these units were completed on schedule in September 2010.

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 27operating units, 22 production facilities and 25 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 Greg Whyte, ACTOM MV Switchgear
PO Box 13024, Knights 1413
Tel (011) 820-5140 Fax (011) 820-5212

Date:  January 11, 2011

Caption:  Technicians do finishing touches to the array of 23 PIX switchgear panels supplied by Schneider Electric of Europe and assembled at ACTOM MV Switchgear’s Knights plant.