Archive for August, 2012

Telecoms in Africa – August 2012

Compiled by Matthew White Sierra Leone signs US$15-million Chinese loan to complete cable link Sierra Leone has signed a US$15m loan agreement with China to complete its connectivity to the ACE (Africa Coast to Europe) cable, the switch-on of which is reported to be imminent. The project is being implemented by Chinese company Huawei. Launched […]

New substation automation platform

Advantech has introduced UNO-4673A, the IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613-complaint substation automation platform. IEC 16850-3 certification ensures environmental and EMI immunity of the network devices used in substations while IEEE 1613 details environmental and testing requirements for communication networking devices. With IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613 standards, the UNO-4673A is able to communicate with different […]

New family of waveform generators for signal accuracy

Agilent Technologies has introduced the 33500B series waveform generators. The eight new one- and two-channel models, which generate waveforms up to 30 MHz, incorporate exclusive Trueform signal-generation technology. Trueform enables these models to offer unmatched capabilities for generating a full range of signals for the most demanding measurements required when designing electronic devices. The 33500B […]

Celebrating 75 years in Africa

Consulting Engineering firm Merz and McLellan South Africa has been supplying its services to the African power industry for 75 years. The UK-based Merz and McLellan got its first appointment as a South African consulting engineering agency for the Durban Corporation in 1909 and the subsequent contract for the development of their central power station. […]

Contract fo air pollution control equipment

Clyde Bergemann Power Group (CBPG), announced that it has recently been awarded a $180-million contract for air pollution control equipment from a major US Utility. CBAM will engineer, supply and commission a total of twelve (12) pulse jet fabric filters for particulate control, twelve (12) powder activated carbon injection systems for mercury mitigation and six […]

South African mining industry targeted in growth drive

Eaton Corporation hosted a technology day in Johannesburg for its African customers. In the last year, Eaton has seen rapid growth in South Africa following the acquisition in July 2011 of the four Actom Low Voltage Equipment (ALVE) business units: CHI Control, Meissner Interruptible Power and Norsa Electronics. This means that Eaton is now the […]

New Africa managing director for Eaton

Shane Kilfoil Shane Kilfoil has been appointed as managing director for Eaton’s electrical sector in Africa. Kilfoil leads the Electrical Sector team throughout Africa and is responsible for driving Eaton’s ambitious growth strategy across Africa. He is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kilfoil joined Eaton in 2005 and worked in a number of roles in […]

New CEO for Powertech Transformers

Bernard Meyer Bernard Meyer has been appointed as chief executive officer for Powertech Transformers with effect 1 August 2012. Bernard replaces Leon Viloen who was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Powertech on 1 July 2012. Bernard has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Stellenbosch. During his career he spent twenty years with […]

Digital storage oscilloscope

The new 500/350/250/150 MHz bandwidth, 2 input channel digital storage oscilloscope has the following attributes: 5 GSa/s real-ime sampling rate and 100 GSa/s; equivalent time sampling rate; 25 k points memory for each input channel; visual persistence oscilloscope technology to display less-frequently-occurring signals; 8″ 800 x 600 high resolution TFT LCD display; unique split screen […]

Addressing interoperability challenges for utilities

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has announced the formation of a new OGC Energy and Utilities Domain Working Group (E&U DWG) to address geospatial interoperability challenges in the international energy and utility domains. Communicating geospatial information is a critical requirement all along the diverse, complex and dynamic value chains related to energy and utilities. Such […]