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Field Teardown of Substation Transformer in Kansas

Utility power transformer substation teardown for a power-generation industry customer in Kansas

In this case, Solomon Corporation crews were sent out to a power-generation facility to tear down and remove a utility power transformer substation. The job entailed a breakdown of the transformer into parts that could be easily hauled away from the job site, as well as a highly-detailed clean up prior to a thorough inspection.

Solomon Corporation provides a wide range of services to power-generation industry clients. Our clients often outsource field teardown and removal projects to the company, because our professional crews are full-time employees (not contract laborers) and our crew leaders have a combined 40 years of decommissioning experience. In the case of the utility power transformer substation teardown in Kansas, the client hired Solomon Corporation in order to utilize the teardown skills of an experienced crew, as well as gain benefits from the recovery of materials in their decommissioned power-class transformers.

In the Kansas utility power transformer substation teardown, part of our decommissioning arrangement was to hold daily tailgate meetings to discuss the day’s plans. During these meetings, the Solomon Corporation field teardown crew would carefully review the site owner’s requirements and policies to ensure complete compliance.

We completed the utility power transformer substation teardown and removed a transformer that had failed. The power-class transformer weighed 839,000 lbs. and was dimensionally restrictive to ship. Solomon crews dismantled the unit on-site after disconnecting the unit and draining all oil. The crew then removed the core and coil and broke it down into shippable pieces. A final clean-up and inspection with the customer was completed, leaving the site in its original condition.

For more details on the storage, recycling and disposal services related to this case study, please see the supplemental information below.

Solomon Corporation specializes in field teardown decommissioning for transformers. We also offer recycling and disposal of surplus transformers and regulators. If you wish to contact Solomon Corporation to help you with your specific decommissioning project requirements, or to request a quote on a decommissioning job, please click here to contact our sales and procurement team.

Product Description

We provide substation field teardown decommissioning for transformers that have either failed or have become obsolete. We handle the complete removal of power-class utility transformers and all ancillary equipment by carefully dismantling.

Capabilities Applied/Processes

Complete Field Teardown

  • Prep For Dismantling
    • De-Energize Transformer
    • Disconnect and Drain Oil
  • Disconnection/Removal of External Equipment & Residual Oil:
    • Radiators
    • Insulators
    • Control Boxes
    • Bushings
    • Arresters
  • Cutting/Removal of the Tank
    • Tank is Resealed and Purged w/ Inert Gas (Nitrogen)
    • Cut Welds at Base of Tank and Access Internal Core & Coil
    • Disconnect Internal Equipment
    • Remove an Residual Oil
  • Tank Cleaning/Cutting/Removal
    • Wipe Down Residual Oil Film on Interior Surface
    • Cut Tank into Transportable Sizes for Shipment to Local Steel vendors
  • Removal of Core and Coil
    • Core Steel is Carefully Slid Apart and Stacked to Retain its Value Through Loading and Shipment
    • Coils are Wrapped, Loaded, and Strapped Down onto Trucks to Ship back to Solomon for Further Processing at Our Reclamation Facility
  • Final Cleanup/Inspection
    • All Debris, etc. is Removed
    • Site is Left in Original Condition
    • Final Site Inspection is Completed by the Contracting Company and Solomon Personnel to Verify the Condition

Product Specifications

KVA / MVA rating: 240,000 / 240
High Voltage: 345,000 kV
Transformer Type: Auto Transformer with Load Tap Changer
Core and Coil Weight: 432,000
Tank and Fittings Weight: 196,500
Oil Capacity: 27,800
Total Weight: 839,000 lbs.

Industry For use

Power Generation

Testimonials from our customers

Solomon Corporation is the top manufacturer of high voltage power transformer sales, service, purchasing, repair and teardown services. Below are just a few examples of our work. If you would like more information on our products or services, please contact us today.

    “Once again, Solomon Corporation has exceeded expectations in helping Jewell Operations meet its goals. Thank you for your continuous efforts in design, delivery, and pricing. You have set the standard for how we purchase our assets. We look forward to working with you in the future as a Vendor of Choice. Job well done.”

    Rick Taylor

    Maintenance Manager

    SunCoke Energy Jewell Operations

    Redstone Arsenal is a four star command and the headquarters for Army Material Command. The base has over 40,000 employees, mostly engineers and scientist, who support critical on-going theater operations as well as a large on base NASA operation. My responsibility to keep base operations going with available power would be compromised without having reliable power and related components. Of these components, Solomon Corporation has a critical role in keeping base operations in power. Solomon has been a mainstay at Redstone Arsenal for about 20 years. The quality of the transformers are second to none as is their customer support. Solomon Corporation is the specifying standard for transformers at Redstone Arsenal and my preference over name brand original equipment manufactured transformers. My faith in the reliability and service of Solomon is unwavering and I don’t have any reservations about recommending them.

    Pete Green

    Senior Electrical Engineer
    US Army IMCOM

    On June 26th we had a fire burn down about 2.5 miles of our 25kv distribution line. We thought no big deal, we will just haul our mobile substation over there, and we’ll be back in business. This is the same mobile substation that Solomon Corporation re-worked for us a couple of years ago. Everything went smooth until we actually energized the unit and found we had no control power to the recloser control and no power to the cooling fans.
    I got on the phone with Terry Hamel on June 27th and explained our situation to him. He and Eric Carlson were on site on July 2nd to figure out what was wrong and to make it right! I think it is important to let someone at Solomon know how much I personally appreciate that kind of service! Eric and Terry dropped everything to get all the way out to Nevada and make sure we were taken care of.
    In fact, while they were here, we had another fire burn down nine of our 69kv transmission structures, and they wanted to know what they could do to help us out with that. I don’t know of too many companies that would do that.
    We are very isolated out here in rural Nevada, and it’s companies like yours that help me do my job. Everyone I have ever worked with at Solomon has bent over backwards to make sure I have gotten everything I have needed – from Grand Junction, CO to your headquarters in Solomon, KS. You should be proud of your employees.

    Michael J. Venturino

    Substation Technician
    Mount Wheeler Power

    The Solomon Crew did another great job with their recent project at the El Paso Electric Company (EPE) sites. The crews, as they did in the past project at EPE’s Newman Power Plant, showed that they worked as a team to complete the task at hand, and most importantly, they worked in a very safe manner. They showed professionalism and good work ethic from the time they arrived at EPE to the time they left. Bill and Ken, Solomon Field Leads, were in constant contact with me, providing daily updates from the different work sites throughout the duration of the project. EPE’s substation personnel did a final walk-through of the different sites upon completion of the project, and the substation supervisor was satisfied with the sites. The areas where equipment was located were left clean and free from any debris. I also received good feedback from EPE’s Safety Sitters, who were on-site for the duration of this project, on Solomon Crew’s professionalism.

    Oscar Trillo

    Environmental Department
    El Paso Electric Company

    The Clay Center Public Utilities Commissioners and I would like to acknowledge your efforts to resolve our problem. Your personnel, as usual, reacted professionally and went the extra mile to help. The transformer was back in service within four hours of my call. Having a resource like Solomon to respond to emergencies is very valuable to a utility. I will personally remember your efforts and share my thoughts with my fellow Utility Directors. Thank you.

    Bill Callaway

    Director Of Utilities
    Clay Center Public Utilities Commission

    I just wanted to say thanks for your help and support on the 500KVA transformer problem. We had a faulty transformer at a customer location. I contacted my Solomon Corporation Territory Manager while he was attending his kid’s basketball game. He returned the call, and provided the technical help we needed to troubleshoot the transformer. We found the problem and were able to get the customer up and running without expensive downtime.
    We want you to know that we appreciate the quick response and will contact Solomon when we have future transformer needs and repair.

    Russ Hogelin

    Company President
    Cahaba Electric, Inc.