Ampcontrol wins first Chinese order

SUPPLIER of longwall electrical systems, Ampcontrol recently announced their first export order to China.

Staff Reporter

Ampcontrol won the contract for a ten outlet 2MVA flameproof substation, delivered in July to an underground coal mine operated by Daning Energy in Shanxi province.

The 6.6kV to 3.3kV, 1140Volt substation will feature an hermetically sealed nitrogen gas filled transformer and Ampcontrol integrated protection relays. The rubber wheeled 25 tonne unit will be used to power continuous miners, shuttle cars, drills, pumps and fans.

"The client was impressed with the superior technology and safety features incorporated in the substation design. We had to comply to a tight delivery schedule as well, but that did not pose a problem as the substation consists of a standardised modular construction, minimising design and planning time,” said senior operations manager, Keian Barnard.

Barnard believes the benefits in the integrated protection relays used in the substation were attractive to the Chinese. The relays incorporate over current/overload short circuit, earth leakage and earth continuity into one quick change out module.

Ampcontrol has also recently announced the appointment of Dr Alan Broadfoot to the position of chief executive officer and that Robert Booth will move to the new position of chief financial officer.

“Both positions are important steps in the ongoing development of the company. Alan Broadfoot has led the management and operations team in recent years and has been endorsed by the board as the future leader of Ampcontrol,” the company said in a statement.

“Robert Booth has achieved considerable success in the commercial and financial areas of the operations and the appointment to this supporting role is a major initiative for the company as it engages in more substantial projects both private and government and pushes ahead with its export program.”

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