ACTOM Power Transformers recently launched special courses for Eskom technical personnel to familiarise them with the design, manufacture and installation of power transformers and all related aspects, including health, safety and environmental considerations.
The courses form part of the company’s current seven-year frame contract with Eskom for manufacture and supply of power transformers ranging from 5 MVA to 80 MVA at 132 kV.
“The course content is tailor-made to suit the Eskom people attending it, who range from skilled site personnel through to engineers,” said Ronnie Russell, Divisional CEO of ACTOM Power Transformers.
“The courses have been very well received. We have run four five-day courses to date since November last year, each course being attended by up to 12 people at a time.”
The courses, which include hands-on experience in the factory and test facility, are run at the company’s Wadeville premises. The course structure and content were designed by Paul Rodgers, the company’s former Chief Draughtsman, together with Louis Liasides, Technical Manager, Vincent Thorpe, Engineering Manager, Mohamed Alli, QA Manager, Sabelo Mahlobo, Test Manager, and John Duncan, Safety, Health and Environment Manager, all of whom are course presenters.
“The course content is aimed at enabling commercially-orientated employees in Eskom to fully understand the range of power transformers they are required to purchase against various contracts. In addition, although the course material is fully structured, it allows for maximum interaction between all participants,” Russell explained.
“This has proven greatly advantageous to both parties, with useful ideas and information being exchanged between the Eskom and ACTOM people involved. To cite just one example, it has led to our company’s site work instructions being changed to better suit the realities as communicated to us by experienced Eskom personnel attending our courses.”
Mr BJ Ramcharan, Eskom’s Senior Advisor Transformers and National Custodian for Training on New Transformers, said ACTOM Power Transformers, as one the approved transformers manufacturers producing and supplying transformers nationally for Eskom’s Sisonke Project, recently launched a training course for Eskom staff as required in terms of the contractual agreement.
“The course has been a success to date. I have received positive feedback from the candidates attending it,” he commented.
“The course content is balanced in that it covers both the practical and theoretical aspects. The presenters are well versed in their respective fields and provide experiential insights to the course. Their true strength lies in the feedback and interaction with the candidates and the sharing of knowledge that is not usually found in text.
“The hallmark of this interaction is the skills development and the assurance that the transformers are maintained by competent staff,” Ramcharan concluded.
ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer, repairer and distributor of electro-mechanical equipment and provider of turnkey solutions in Southern 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 Ronnie Russell, ACTOM Power Transformers
PO Box 14575, Wadeville 1422
Tel (011) 824-2810 Fax (011) 827-5116
Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Fax 086-613-9657
Date: September 12, 2012
Caption: ACTOM Power Transformer’s Test Manager Sabelo Mahlobo explains the active part assembly of one of the 13 x 110 MVA unit transformers in process of manufacture for Eskom’s Kusile power station. The Eskom personnel seen here are all from its Central Gauteng Region.