RESOURCES: Transformer Oil Market Set to Grow
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Until quite recently transformer oil has been considered a commodity product, but has become the target of some major quality assurance revisions in the last five years.In reaction to this news and the anticipated future growth in the transformer oil market, Durban-based Engen Lubricants have completed a R5-million investment to upgrade their transformer oil blending facilities.
Speaking to Engineering News Adnaan Emeran, Lubricants Marketing Manager, elaborates that the future growth will be spurred by Eskom’s capital expansion programme and its increasing need for transformer oil.
“As Eskom continues its capacity build programme, and undertakes whole-sale refurbishment of its enormous transformer population, it will require more transformer oil to operate its equipment,” says Emeran.
Emeran adds that further prospects for expansion loom as Engen prepare to take their strong co-sourcing capability into Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
In 2006, Engen Lubricants signed an exclusive supply agreement with APAR Industries of India, a globally accepted supplier with 50% of India’s market share and the capacity to produce technically superior transformer oils in high volumes.
Engen has facilities in Durban for the bulk import, storage and blending of various grades of transformer oils.
Engen’s plant currently produces Poweroil Transformer Oil 1020 uninhibited oil.
Poweroil transformer oils are made from carefully selected naphthenic-base oils, produced using wax-free, low-sulphur naphthenic crude, along with selected base stocks that are refined to meet stringent international and local specifications.
The next step is to start producing inhibited oils, in the form of Poweroil Transformer Oil 1020, for use in heavy-load transformers which operate at high temperatures.
Since conclusion of the agreement APAR Industries in 2006, throughput has more than doubled every year.
“This achievement is all the more remarkable considering that the corrosive sulphur and other quality related issues has turned the transformer oil market on its head overnight,” says Emeran.
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