Ketraco Receives High Voltage Test Equipment in New Partnership with Megger GMBH and Amotech Africa

The new HV DAC-300 test system will be an enormous help in maintaining the existing cable network. It will ensure that extensions to the network meet the highest standards for performance and reliability.

KETRACO’s 400kV Suswa-Isinya Transmission Line

Global electrical test equipment expert, Megger GMBH, working in conjunction with Amotech Africa, Africa’s leading test and measurement solutions provider, is supplying the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) with high-voltage cable test equipment.

The equipment will help to ensure the security, reliability, and efficiency of electricity supplies throughout the country.

The equipment will be used for verifying the performance of newly installed cables and for evaluating the condition of older cables so that potential faults can be identified before they lead to failures and supply interruptions.

The HV DAC-300 test set supplied for the project will be used for acceptance testing of new cables rated up to 230kV in line with the IEC 62067 and IEEE 400.4 standards, and for determining the condition of in-service cables.

PD testing provides invaluable information about the condition of the cable under test and its associated accessories and is widely accepted as giving the best ‘early warning’ indicators of potential cable failure.

“This project is very important to us because it is really part of Megger’s strategy to participate and support the improvement of the quality, reliability, and security of electricity supply in all Africa” explains Daniel Salathé, Sales Director Africa, India & Middle East at Megger.

The new HV DAC-300 test system will be an enormous help in maintaining the existing cable network. It will ensure that extensions to the network meet the highest standards for performance and reliability.

It is an incredibly versatile system with a wide range of capabilities which with the support and training from Megger and Amotech Africa, KETRACO will soon start to enjoy the benefits it offers and provide an even better service for users of electricity in Kenya.

“We’re delighted to have won this first of its kind order from KETRACO and are happy to be working with them as they prepare for a bigger role in O&M for the national grid,” said Njeri Gachanja, Head of Sales and Operations at Amotech Africa and the project lead engineer.

“And to have been able to supply Africa’s first HV DAC test system by Megger. Thanks to Megger’s expertise and innovation in the cable test field, we are confident that this system will be very effective in saving time and money for KETRACO, and in minimizing the disruption caused by cable faults and failures. In short, it’s an excellent investment that will pay big returns!”