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Eskom delivers five mobile transformers after six year wait

Following a rigorous procurement process, South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, has successfully delivered five mobile transformers to its Mkondeni unit in KwaZulu-Natal last month.

The plan to purchase the five 132/88-22/11KV mobile transformers started in 2011 and following a rigorous procurement process, Siemens was awarded the contract to manufacture the units.

All the five mobile transformers were delivered by March 2017. Read more…

Mobile transformers

The names given to the mobiles are:

  • Inyala- Unyazi (Springbok, star)
  • Idube- Inkayimana (Zebra, freighter)
  • Ingwe – Isivuthevuthe (Leopard, flames of fire)
  • Ibhubesi – Ukhokhovula (Lion, Boss)
  • Inkunzi – Indlovu (Bull, elephant)

Eskom explained in a statement that mobile transformers are of great value as they provide the capabilities to quickly restore electricity following an outage caused by a storm or any other disaster.

In addition, they help provide temporary service while permanent facilities are being constructed, and they can also replace existing equipment during scheduled maintenance.

“The cherry on top, is the shortened outage periods for customers, which will go a long way to delighting our customers,” the utility noted.

Eskom group executive for distribution, Mongezi Ntsokolo said:“This achievement will help Eskom fulfil its mandate of delivering high quality service to all our South African customers.

“The units will bring improved resilience to our network, ensuring that in addition to delivering on our service mandate, we improve on our restoration times as well as the availability of supply to our customers.” Read more…

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.