This is an update on Eskom's current new build projects. This includes power stations, transmission lines and
Against all odds, the new build programme has seen us grow from strength to strength; such growth is evident
through the massive progress we have achieved on the commissioned projects which ranges from return-to-
service to transmission lines and to power stations as reported below.
NEW BUILD PROJECTS
Medupi Power Station
(Location – to the West of Lephalale, Limpopo Province)
Air cooled condensers (ACC) columns and unit 6 ground works well underway
The main civil works is well underway with the first major plant area due for handover to Alstom by the end of
July 2009. The terracing contract works is nearing
completion. Blasting has been completed in the Boiler and
Turbine Power Island areas for Unit 5 and 6 by Roshcon. The
continuous pouring of concrete to slip-form the first ACCs
columns started at 14h00 on 31 October 2008.
This marked the beginning of a major structural concrete
works, another landmark in the life of the project. Anticipated
pour time for unit 6 columns is 84 days, provided we achieve
the uninterrupted, simultaneous pouring of 3 columns at
250mm/h at all times. Mass concrete of Unit 6 is currently
Both the Medupi Power Station Joint Venture (MPS-JV) and
The Air Cooled Condensers (ACCs) of Unit 6 seen from Unit 5
Roshcon are executing this work to ensure that it is
completed as rapidily as possible. The MPS-JV received
permission to continue concrete pouring with mass concrete
from14 October 2008.
Two million free LTI hour celebration
The 28 April 2009 saw Medupi celebrate the two million free
Lost Time Injury (LTI) achieved by the MPS-JV (joint
venture). The celebration was done in conjunction with
workforce re-induction, aimed to cultivate the spirit of a safe
working environment. The induction is part of the Medupi
Way Programme which encourages the workforce to ensure
that the value of 'home without harm everyone everyday'
becomes central to the project.
Stakeholder Forum The Air Cooled Conditioners (ACCs) column and the duct
The first Medupi Stakeholder Forum was held on 9 June 2009
whereby various stakeholders, inclusive of representatives from contractors, local authority, local business
forum and Eskom were in attendance.
The objective of the stakeholder forum is to provide an information sharing and advisory platform for the
project and their identified stakeholders. This inclusive forum
will ensure sharing of the project progress, business and
employment prospects, the achievements of milestones and
other related issues.
DoL Inspectors visit
The inspectors from the Department of Labour (DoL) visited
the Execution Team of Medupi for the purpose of auditing the
contractors on-site to ensure their compliance to labour laws
and related regulations.
The visit provided a platform for the stakeholders to promote
Labour inspectors (wearing grey tops) after meeting members a strong link between the project and DoL and focus was
of the Medupi Execution Team.
given on issues of occupational health safety on-site level.
(Location – to the West of the R545 between the N4 and N12 freeways near the existing Kendal
Power Station in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga Province)
Kusile Project launches a Central Information Office
Kusile Power Station Project recently launched an Information Centre in Witbank area of Mpumalanga which
enables local communities to have access to information pertaining to the project. The Information Centre is
currently located at eMalahleni Local Municipality’s Support Services Building.
The centre is managed and operated by Kusile Project employees i.e. Noxolo (Noxie) Siswana and Ntokozo
Mngoma, who both bring a wealth of experience and knowledge about Eskom and Kusile Project. The main
contractors on the project as well as various departments key to community engagements have committed
themselves to spending sufficient time at the information centre in order to assist the local residents with their
information needs. The centre operates from Monday to Thursday, (07:30 am – 16:00 pm) providing local
residents and businesses with information of interests such as project progress, employment information,
economic participation of local business, and in-depth educational information about the power station and
To date, the Information Centre has assisted hundreds of local residents and businesses to better access
information pertaining to employment opportunities, economic participation of local businesses, skills
development information, project progress and other information pertinent to the project. The centre currently
services the greater Nkangala District, which comprises of six local municipalities. The local municipalities
include Delmas, eMalahleni, Dr J S Moroka, Steve Tshwete, eMakhazeni, and Thembisile local municipalities.
Sere Wind Farm Energy Facility
(Location – on the West Coast near the town of Koekenap, West of Vredendal)
The impact of the economic downturn has clearly been significant; as the result most organisations across the
globe have been affected. Eskom has delayed three projects i.e. Tubatse Pumped-Storage Scheme, Majuba
Rail and Sere Windfarm, worth R23.8 billion due to a funding shortfall.
Among those is the R3bn 100MW Wind Farm Project in the West Coast in Western Cape. Most staff has been
re-deployed until the funding for the project is secured.
The Managing Director of Enterprise Division, Braam Conradie reiterated the commitment of Eskom to
renewable energies as a viable source of energy supply for South Africa. This is an indication that the future
belongs to renewable energies because it is not only the alternative to fossils energy but an alternative power
that helps to reduce pollution and to conserve fossil fuels such as coal. This will have positive impact on
Eskom as coal is prime baseload energy in South Africa.