ABB Australia , the leading power and automation technology company has announced that a power transformer has been designed, manufactured, tested, delivered and installed within three months at CS Energy’s Kogan Creek power station.
CS Energy required a new transformer for their baseload power station at Kogan Creek located in the western Darling Downs near Chinchilla in Queensland.
ABB made an offer to build a 60/40/40 MVA, 21/11.5/11.5 kV transformer with a delivery time of three months ex-works from its medium power transformers factory in Bangkok, Thailand. Normal delivery for a transformer of this size is usually 10 months ex-works, followed by two months for shipping, delivery to site and installation.
An MOU gave ABB better leverage in putting the offer forward. Julian Guild, sales manager for power transformers named the MOU as highly critical in securing this opportunity.
With the MOU in place, CS Energy gave ABB the challenge of manufacturing a brand-new power transformer on a fast-track basis and installing it as a turnkey project including site preparation and commissioning.
According to Julian Guild, the company was able to specify the new transformer, pass their factory quality audit, achieve factory approval, produce a quotation and agree on the commercial terms of the contract – all within just two weeks of the initial enquiry. The contract was executed on 30 September, 2009.
Within three months the newly built 75-ton transformer was air-lifted using a chartered Antonov heavy lift cargo plane. Special considerations had to be made for transit including special fixtures to secure the transformer inside the aircraft cargo bay and arrangements to allow equalisation of pressure between the transformer and aircraft cabin without compromising the dryness of the insulation inside the transformer.
The new transformer arrived at Kogan Creek as scheduled at the end of December and was installed over a 10-day outage during the Christmas/New Year break.
Axel Kuhr, country manager of ABB in Australia was impressed by all ABB personnel involved and commended the unprecedented delivery achievement. The transformer is now installed and has been fully operational since early January 2010.
Kogan Creek power station Site Manager Ivan Mapp also commended ABB’s ability to deliver on time and on schedule.
“We chose to work with ABB due to the expedience in lead time and their reputation within the industry. ABB offered a delivery time that was unmatched by any other competitor and we knew that they had the expertise and resources to deliver on what was promised.”