Siemens to Supply Static Var Compensator to Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant
May 16, 2011
The Russian CJSC Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant, TVSZ, has awarded Siemens Metals Technologies an order to equip the electric steel production line in its steel works with an SVC Plus static var compensator and a 10-kV Switchgear. The investment is worth several million euros.
Under a contract to equip the TVSZ steel works with two 25-tonne electric arc furnaces, a dust cleaning system, and an alloying system, Siemens will supply the static var compensator that will minimize supply system disturbances to meet the specifications of the power supplier. It also will reportedly improve the performances of the electric furnaces.
The heart of the SVC Plus system is the power electronics based on IGBT (insulated gate bipolar transistor) modules with the same digital control used in high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission. In conjunction with the filter circuits specifically matched to the operation of the electric arc furnaces, the SVC Plus compensates for the reactive power generated during furnace operation. An operator control and visualization system with user-friendly visualization options and archiving functions will monitor the static var compensator and the upstream switchgear.
The Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant is regarded as a high-tech innovation enterprise. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the ICT Group of companies. The plant’s annual capacity is 13,000 railcars, 65,000 wheel sets, and 90,000 tonnes of steel castings. The total investment exceeds US$1 billion. Commercial production will be launched in phases during 2011.
The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is leading international supplier of environmentally friendly production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. The Sector comprises six divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 204,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry achieved total sales of approximately €34.9 billion in fiscal year 2010.
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