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(Ahmedabad/Jamnagar) Intertek, a leading total quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, has commissioned the testing of transformer oil at its new Cargo and Analytical Assessment laboratory, becoming the only lab in India to offer this new facility. The testing service, also known as TransoilCHECK™, which includes the analysis of transformer oils, will be undertaken in line with ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) procedures and test methods along with DGA, PCB and Furan Compound tests, which are not available in the local market. The new service will play a key role in supporting India’s power generation and distribution sector needs.
Speaking following the launch of this new service, Mr. Sharad Kanstia, Director Intertek said, “We are really excited about this new venture. At Intertek we strive to help our customers to meet end user expectations for safety, sustainability, performance, integrity and desirability in virtually any market worldwide. Over the last two decades, we have established our reputation in the testing industry by providing specialised services to assess the quality of lubricants.”
“Intertek’s TransoilCHECK™ service tests transformer oils to ASTM standards to establish the quality of the oil and then monitors the condition and change in transformer oil quality. This helps to identify potential transformer oil related failures before they occur, reduce disruptions, and keep unscheduled maintenance to a minimum. TransoilCHECK offers an effective diagnostic mechanism when used in a yearly check-up adding to the service life of the oil charge. Regular sampling, testing and evaluation of insulation oil is a cost effective technique when incorporated as part of a preventive maintenance programme,” he added.
Transformers are vital components in the transmission and distribution of electrical power. By analyzing the oil, early detection of incipient problems in the transformers can be ascertained resulting in the reduction of unplanned outages.
According to ‘India Power & Distribution Transformers Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020’, the power and distribution transformers market in India is projected to grow at a CAGR of over 10% till 2020. Power transformers contribute a major portion of overall operational costs due to their higher price points and expensive maintenance requirements. Under the 12th five year plan (2012-2017), the Indian government allocated US$ 200 billion for strengthening the country's power generation, transmission and distribution sector.
Anticipating the need to have an effective testing process in place, Intertek has taken the opportunity to support the power generation and transmission industry as it establishes a better ecosystem for power transmission, thus decreasing the loss of power during distribution.
Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 40,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers’ operations and supply chains.
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