ABB has delivered and installed 26 vacuum cast coil dry-type transformers that will supply power to the two main stadiums that are being used for the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa.
Twelve 1,200 kVA dry-type transformers will serve the Green Point stadium in Capetown, which has a retractable roof and a seating capacity of 68,000.
Fourteen similar transformers in the 500 to 1,000 kVA range have been installed in the Soccer City stadium, located in Soweto, Johannesburg. This stadium, with a seating capacity of around 100,000, will be the focal point of the tournament and has been chosen as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies and key matches of the tournament.
“Our dry-type transformers are designed to minimise environmental and fire hazards and are ideal for crowded areas and public spaces like sports stadiums,” said ABB global transformers business head, Tarak Mehta.
“Reliability and safety are the hallmarks of these transformers and we are delighted to play our part in the 2010 World Cup tournament.”
Transformers are integral components of any electrical grid and are a critical element in the efficient and safe conversion of energy across diverse voltage systems, ABB claims. The company’s transformer portfolio includes power transformers rated up to 1000 kV, dry- and liquid-distribution transformers, as well as related services and components.