ACL Cables PLC, recently completed another significant milestone with the installation of its fourth ‘ACL SAX’ 80mm² 33KV medium voltage covered conductor electricity transmission project.
The installation took place at a site close to Sri Lanka’s largest power station, the Lakvijaya Power Plant, commonly known as Norochcholai Coal Power Plant. This is an ongoing project and was carried out in partnership with the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and is the fourth such installation of its kind.
For this the project, ACL also partnered ENSTO Finland. The project was completed, based on ENSTO accessories specifications with site supervision and training provided by ACL Cables. The first inspection is scheduled to take three months after the installation, for quality checks and to ensure the line is in proper working order.
ENSTO is an international technology company which designs and provides smart and reliable electrical solutions and expertise for distribution and usage of electricity.
Commenting on this landmark achievement, ACL Cables Managing Director, Suren Madanayaka said, “We are extremely pleased to be involved in this national development project. As the number one cable in Sri Lanka we always believe in contributing towards improving national infrastructure. Apart from our core offering Aerial Bundled Cables and bare conductors to the CEB, our ‘ACL SAX’ conductor has also been uniquely designed and developed to facilitate the purpose of electricity distribution.”
He added, “We always believed in offering products not only of the highest standards but products which emulate a unique system approach and design perfection as opposed to the production of a mere medium voltage covered conductor. The end result in this instance is the ‘ACL SAX’. I have also personally witnessed the conductor’s rigorous development process for over a decade since we began research and development activities in 2010. We have also exceeded the expected British standards. I am confident this series of projects will create a successful path for ‘ACL SAX’ in the future. We are extremely appreciative of CEB and ENSTO for having faith in us and supporting this project.”
Notably, three similar projects have been finalized previously as part of the same project. The first was installed at a site in Tangalle Bay with a length of one km.
The ‘ACL SAX’ conductor is a unique medium voltage solution developed to minimize the challenges faced by the use of bare conductors for medium voltage electricity distribution in areas of high density of vegetation or salty atmosphere.
The initial concept of the product was designed in 1993, with the assistance of Nokia, Finland based on the requirement of a 33kV distribution line in Ratmalana. In 2010, the product was developed further and branded as ‘ACL SAX’. Today, the well-designed product assures higher reliability and better durability by avoiding frequent failure.
This system differs from traditional Medium Voltage Covered Conductors since it emphasizes on; line design, conductor design, use of high quality accessories and proper installation. System approach is absolutely essential for “ACL SAX” to perform to its expectations. A proper system approach for covered conductor 11KV and 33 KV distribution lines include the use of high quality conductors, high quality accessories and perfect installation. ACL together with ENSTO and its in-house expertise have established themselves to execute the above system approach to perfection.
‘ACL SAX’ is also recognized as a value for money solution compared to fully insulated Aerial Bundled Cables and underground cables which are high in price and at times cumbersome to install.
Major benefits of ACL SAX covered conductors are reliability in power distribution even under extreme weather conditions, ability to install between narrow tree bunches making it eco-friendly and safer than a bare conductor
Today, ACL Cables is the market leader with 70% market share and over LKR 20 billion in annual revenue as a Group.
SLTMobitel-PEOTV and DP Education launch ‘Videsa DP Education’
SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT, Telecommunications and Mobile Services Provider has teamed up with DP Education, to launch ‘Videsa DP Education’, a dedicated educational channel on CH.215 of SLTMobitel–PEOTV, ensuring school children from Grade Five to Advanced Level have access to a high-quality learning experience with Rewind TV.
The revolutionary services of SLTMobitel-PEOTV includes ‘Videsa’ a series of educational channels hosted on the platform, that comprise of 06 TV channels dedicated to individual grades covering grades 06 to 11, that enhance the knowledge sharing with curriculum-centered lessons from a panel of reputed teachers. DP Education, a unique online learning platform, leverages digital solutions to deliver quality education to empower students. Together, Videsa and DP Education, enrich the educational arena further with the ‘Videsa DP Education’ channel, a dedicated television space for the students at home.
This path-breaking partnership is a commitment by SLTMobitel–PEOTV to support the education of children, whose options are limited due to the challenges convergence posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will use the home TV screen and mobile devices as a ubiquitous medium to impart knowledge providing access to quality education for students across the country.
Commenting on the initiative, Rohan Fernando, Group Chairman, SLT said, “We understand that parents are now faced with the challenge of keeping their children safe during the pandemic as well as having to deal with the ongoing disturbances to their children’s education. As a solution to ensure that their learning remains uninterrupted, we have already introduced six different channels for Grade 6 to Grade 11 students through our Videsa digital platform. Our latest initiative and partnership with DP Education has now enabled us to launch a dedicated channel with unique learning experiences in key subjects such as Mathematics, Science and English for students from Grade 5 to Advanced Level with the Rewind TV facility. We are appreciative of the exceptional efforts extended by Mr. Dammika Perera and his team at DP Education and are grateful for the opportunity to connect the two learning platforms together in unison to create a revolutionary learning experience for our children”.
Thornton and Dane’s combined projects portfolio tops Rs 5.9 billion
Thornton Engineering, the Nextventures owned civil engineering company, has announced the acquisition of a 100% stake in Dane Engineering (Pvt) Ltd. for Rs 350 million, creating a construction business with a combined portfolio of Rs 5.9 billion.
The new entity, Thornton and Dane Engineering, expects to add new construction projects with a cumulative value of Rs 5 billion within the current financial year, nearly doubling its projects portfolio, the Company said in its announcement.
“We are excited at the post-acquisition prospects for the new company, because we strongly believe that it is a good example for the concept of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts,” said Thornton and Dane Director Dinesh Schaffter. “The combined strengths of Thornton and Dane create a formidable as well as extremely flexible engineering company that is capable of executing projects of varying scope and scale.”
Capacity-building programs for SMEs
Sri Lanka Chamber of Small and Medium Industries (SLCSMI), the apex body for SMEs in Sri Lanka has been at the forefront in supporting the SMEs during the pandemic. The chamber took several measures since the pandemic first hit the country in the first quarter of 2020. The Webinar series “Way Forward for SMEs” was a grand success among other initiatives, which was conducted with the participation of prominent scholars, leading business personalities as well as top rankers of state and private sector organizations.
The president of SLCSMI, Prof. Rohan De Silva said: “We are always there to represent and support the SMEs in the country and that’s our prime duty. During the first wave, we understood the need to share the knowledge and provide psychological support for the business owners to withstand the difficult times and that’s how the webinar series was born. Our initiative was well received by the businesses and our audience was not limited to Sri Lanka alone, as we witnessed participants from around 12 countries.”
Prof. Rohan further said that the chamber has looked at the possibilities of providing sustainable solutions to the SMEs beyond merely conducting knowledge sharing sessions and the Executive Committee has decided to introduce a range of Capacity Building programs to develop the SMEs. These programs include different solutions to address various gaps among the SMEs and the chamber intends to issue a valuable certificate for the participants of these programs.
The chamber has partnered with the Asia Pacific Institute of Money and Entrepreneurship Development (iMED) to design and deliver the programs and the details of the Programs will be unveiled at the launching event scheduled to be held on the 25th of September.
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