11 May, 2017
April was a busy month for TJ|H2b Analytical Services and Wilson Transformer Company, who hosted two conferences in as many successive weeks. The first being the rebranded TechCon® Aus-NZ in Sydney, Australia and the second being the inaugural TechCon® SE Asia, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
From the 4th to the 5th of April the Hilton Hotel in Sydney brought together delegates from around the globe to share their knowledge and experiences in life management of HV and MV power equipment. This year’s event had a special focus on asset management strategies for the electrical grid infrastructure. We were honoured to have Paul Italiano, Chief Executive Officer of TransGrid, give his thoughts on embracing technology, the future of the energy system and the role of the grid. The conference’s panel sessions debated on the topics of asset condition monitoring (chaired by Kerry Williams, K-Bik Power) and tap changers (chaired by Peter Cole, industry expert). With an ever-increasing demand for cost-effective and reliable solutions for the power industry, attendees were provided with practical information, case studies on transformer failure investigations, asset diagnostics, safety in design, and many more topics.
The inaugural TechCon® SE Asia took place from the 11th to the 12th of April in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to a full house of 250+ participants. The conference was opened with a keynote address by honourable Dato’ Ho Peng Choong, Vice President of Transmission, Tenaga Nasional (TNB). He discussed Malaysia’s specific challenges, and TNB’s vision on how to address the changing market. Thus marking the beginning of a unique forum dedicated to sharing local industry issues and best practices. Many presentations followed, including the challenges in asset management in countries around the region, then a highlight summary of the ASEAN transformer bushing reliability study by the JMCC group. The first panel discussion was chaired by Wong Fook Ming (TNB), joined by the representatives from ABB, MR, TNBR and Dynamic Ratings, covering the topic of Tap Changer Life Extension and Monitoring. Antony Giacomin from TJ|H2b Analytical Services, chaired the following panel session on the topic of Life Extension: better with mineral or ester oil? Joined by the representatives from Cargill, MIDEL, Nynas and Shell for a robust debate on the topic. Although there was no simple answer to the question, the panel gave a comprehensive overview of the advantages, field experience and practical recommendations of each fluid type.
The Exhibition running parallel to both conferences was fully integrated into the conference program, maintaining quality face to face time for exhibitors and delegates. The combined exhibitions attracted over 450+ delegates from more than 100 companies and over 20 different countries. TechCon® remains the ultimate forum for HV and MV engineers to share and learn from applied industry best practice. Now covering annually the US, UK, Australia & New Zealand, and South East Asia region.
The dates of the next edition of TechCon® Aus-NZ and TechCon® SE Asia Conferences will be announced soon. The distinctive feature of TechCon® SE Asia is a planned rotation scheme for hosting the conference between neighbouring SE Asian countries, and the next conference is expected to be held in Manila, Philippines.
TechCon® Aus-NZ: www.techcon.com.au
TechCon® SE Asia: www.techcon.asia