19 September 2012 – 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 5.0 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,” Ronnie Russell, Divisional CEO of Actom Power Transformers, says.

“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 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 explains.  

“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.

Actom 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 R7.5 billion.