Trafo completes order for dry-type transformers at Mpumalanga mine
Trafo Power Solutions has recently completed a dry-type transformer contract as part of a significant upgrade at a coal mine in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
This involved the design, supply and installation of two 200 kVA – 22 kV-400 V – dry-type transformers, according to Trafo Power Solutions Managing Director, David Claassen. Housed in specialised IP42-rated ingress protected enclosures, the units were specified by a design house on behalf of the end-customer, the dry-type transformer leader said.
“The contract demonstrated our application engineering capability and our experience in co-ordinating our solution within a larger project,” Claassen said. “This included meeting detailed specifications, and ensuring that our design for the transformers and their enclosures matched the requirements and constraints of the site.”
Trafo Power Solutions also equipped the units with the necessary earth fault protection and surge protection, as well as vibration pads, it said.
“Dry-type transformers are well suited for the coal mining environment, with its hazardous areas and its regulations to mitigate fire risk,” Claassen says. “The dry-type technology uses air to cool the transformers, doing away with the need to use oil as a coolant.”
Claassen emphasised that the absence of oil has advantages for safety, as the oil ignition potential is removed. The units can also be protected against fine airborne coal dust. An added environmental advantage is the lack of oil leaks contaminating the ground or water, too.
Source: International Mining
Photo (for illustrative purposes): Cast resin dry-type transformer / Voltamp