Tranos, a top indigenous Nigerian engineering and manufacturing company has clinched a new licence from Siemens to make metal-enclosed SIVACON S8 switchgear in Nigeria.

This collaboration combines Tranos’ expertise in sheet metal designing and manufacturing with Siemens’ high quality and innovative power distribution components.

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The licensing partnership makes Tranos a Level-1 technology partner with Siemens and will involve the transfer of cutting-edge technology to Tranos. The SIVACON S8 metal-enclosed switchgear/panels built by Tranos will come with the Siemens brand and will be available for export.

SIVACON S8 low-voltage power distribution board is Siemens’ proprietary switchgear system with design verification according to IEC 61439-2, meeting the industry’s highest standards and Shell DEP. The SIVACON technology will be used to produce low voltage panels up to 7,000A and motor control centres up to 3,600A. The system is very flexible with the best safety features and digital connectivity.

These types of switchgears are completely enclosed on all sides and top with sheet metal (except for ventilating openings and inspection windows) containing primary power circuit switching or interrupting devices, or both, with buses and connections.

Given its enclosed nature, it ensures safe power distribution, intelligent data and process management. SIVACON S8 is ready for the challenges of the future and digitalisation: with special features and a modular design to ensure it is highly reliable, safe, and flexible. Data from SIVACON S8 is available at all times for higher-level automation, energy management, and Cloud-based analysis systems.

Both companies have agreed to expand the partnership to include Siemens’ SIMOPRIME medium-voltage metal-enclosed switchgears to 17.5kV and 3,600A by the second quarter of 2020. This will make Tranos the leading switchgear manufacturer in Africa.

SIVACON S8 Switchgear

SIMOPRIME medium-voltage switch gears from 17.5 to 24 kV offer the perfect combination of technology, reliability, quality, and service. The air-insulated switchgear can be ideally combined with SION vacuum circuit breakers and is type-tested for indoor installation in accordance with IEC 62271-200.

“Tranos is a company that believes in providing value to customers by leveraging on technology. We are happy that Siemens has seen our drive for quality and has chosen to work with us on this,” Jude Abalaka, managing director of Tranos said. “We must also recognise the support of the executive secretary of the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote and his team whose strong support has been instrumental in our expansion drive.”

Jude Abalaka is confident that this newly acquired technology will be beneficial to customers in the oil and gas, telecommunications and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industries who require a reliable and safe power supply.

“This means that for projects like the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Train 7 and Shell’s Bonga South West FPSO, both low voltage (LV) and medium voltage (MV) metal-enclosed switchgear can be manufactured locally,” Abalaka said.

Tranos is an indigenous engineering and manufacturing leader; adding value to lives through innovative solutions. In its 12 years of existence, Tranos has grown into a reputable and internationally recognised brand, providing innovative products such as enclosures, electrical panels, switchgear, cable trays and ladders, racks, switches and sockets. Tranos also provides fabrication, installation and maintenance to the oil and gas industry.

MAURICE OGU @cojmaurice

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