Transforming Energy for America

VTCW Plant 2 – Chihuahua, Mexico

Virginia Transformer’s second plant in Chihuahua and sixth in North America began production in October 2022 and was officially inaugurated in February 2023.

The new plant is the most technologically advanced transformer facility in North America and will further extend the company’s leadership in having the shortest lead times in the industry. Virginia Transformer can deliver a custom-made, state-of-the-art transformer in less than half the time of its competitors.

The new plant (P2) is situated on 300,000 square feet with room for expansion. It joins Virginia Transformer’s original Chihuahua plant (P1), which opened in 1995. The new facility employs more than 450 people, including more than 100 engineers.

The plant has enormous capabilities and was designed for flexibility. It includes an in-house advanced design center, vapor-phase drying ovens, and an automated testing lab. P2 is fully temperature- and humidity-controlled and features:

  • Four production lines for E2X oil-filled transformers up to 7 MVA.
  • Dry-type transformers up to 7 MVA, 35 kV, 150 BIL.
  • Integrated Power Module (IPM) production.
  • Heavy-duty robotic carts for material delivery to shop floor, coil and core landing, and transformer transport through to final assembly (no forklifts).
  • A Class-7 clean room for the winding and assembly process.

The new Chihuahua plant can produce transformers up to 100 MVA, 950 BIL for the utility, industrial and renewable markets.