Electrical Switchboards Botswana (SDM) has entered into an agreement with Schneider Electric, which will allow it to import incomplete medium voltage (MV) switchgears and customise them in Botswana to meet local customers’ specific requirements.
Through this deal, the Gaborone-based manufacturer of electrical distribution boards will also be able to support the transfer of skills and technology in the power and energy industry.
A press statement explained that the initiative covers two technologies namely the PREMSET and PIX RoF.
Technology transfer in switchgears
“As part of the execution of the agreement, Schneider Electric will carry out technology transfer through on-site training for local engineers, to enable them to customise the switchgear,” said Taru Madangombe, Vice President of Energy in Southern Africa for Schneider Electric.
Madangombe further explained: “The skills would include engineering and design, as per customer specifications.
“Apart from the engineering teams being trained on the customisation of the switchgear, field engineering teams would be trained to deal with installation, commissioning, troubleshooting and all after sales support.”
Also commenting was SDM’s managing director, Stephen Bond who said: “Schneider Electric has been working with our company for the over seven years and this agreement will create more local employment opportunities in Botswana.
“We currently employ 60 staff members, with the capacity to manufacture over 100 switchboards panels per annum. We hope to see this grow substantially.”
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