Utility safety: Power management company Eaton has announced a contract to provide Victory Electric Cooperative Association with a Modular Integrated Transportable Substation (MITS). The factory-assembled solution will help the electric cooperative support safe, reliable and cost-effective power for residential, agricultural and business customers in Mullinville, Kansas. Eaton’s engineering experts will provide complete turnkey support from substation design to assembly and delivery to enhance safety, provide a more aesthetically pleasing installation and increase operational predictability.
“This project will support reliable, cost-effective power for our members while enhancing the safety and security of the power transmission system,” said Michael Clark, Manager of Purchasing at the Victory Electric Cooperative. “The compact, enclosed design of the Eaton solution will help reduce commissioning and installation costs and provides us with the flexibility to quickly relocate the entire substation to meet our members¹ evolving power requirements.”
The integrated power assembly will help the utility expedite the construction of its new substation, dramatically reducing engineering time required for the project and avoiding construction and weather-related delays. The new MITS platform will be the second for Victory; the utility recently relocated its first MITS unit to support power needs for customers in Ingalls, Kansas.
“Victory is working with Eaton to support an adaptable infrastructure that provides safe, reliable, high-quality service,” said John Gadbury, utility segment manager, Electrical Engineering Services and Systems Division, Eaton. “With world-class expertise and global manufacturing capabilities, Eaton is helping utilities manage complex, integrated solutions and turnkey projects.”
The MITS platform incorporates a flexible, expandable and portable design in a compact footprint that is engineered to accommodate current and future power needs. The configuration engineered for Victory will include a pad-mounted transformer, as well as reclosers and voltage regulators to enhance power reliability.
The completely self-contained design will help Victory enhance personnel safety by using all dead front components. The MITS unit also incorporates tamperproof, locked enclosures to enhance security. Further, by utilizing shield-grounded medium voltage cable in a totally enclosed configuration, the solution is less susceptible to environmental, wildlife and other damage than equivalent open-air systems.
The highly compact MITS unit is engineered to fit on a traditional concrete pad, pylons, or crushed gravel base and meets evolving power requirements. The modular substation will help Victory reduce project costs because each unit is factory-assembled, wired and tested to minimize on-site labor, quality issues and time.