Medupi start-up delayed to mid-2014

By: Terence Creamer | 8th July 2013 | Engineering News

State-owned power utility Eskom confirmed on Monday that it would not be in a position to meet the end of year deadline for the flow of first power from the Medupi power station.

CEO <strong>Brian Dames</strong> reported that, following an independent assessment and fresh delays to the control and instrumentation contract, a new, “realistic”, timeframe had been set for the second half of 2014.

The power station was meant to supply first power to the grid by December 2013, a deadline reaffirmed as non-negotiable earlier this year by Public Enterprises Minister <strong>Malusi Gigaba</strong>.

Dames also confirmed that the cost of the project had increased from R91.2-billion to R105-billion, excluding interest during construction. In 2008, when the main boiler, turbine and civil contracts had been placed, Medupi’s cost was estimated at R87-billion and was revised to R91.2-billion in June 2012.

SOURCE: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/medupi-start-up-delayed-to-mid-2014-costs-rise-to-r105bn-2013-07-08

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Eskom cuts power to BHP smelter to save energy

Mail and Guardian 26 June 2013.

An agreement between state-run Eskom and BHP allows the utility to interrupt power to the latter’s energy-intensive smelters if the national grid approaches a tipping point.

“We did interrupt supply to one of the BHP Billiton units for a time, but still have emergency reserves available,” Eskom spokesperson Hilary Joffe said on Tuesday. She also said Eskom ran gas turbines that it activates when supply is tight.

Eskom said on Monday the power reserve margin for the evening was expected to be extremely tight at 29 megawatts (MW), or just 0.08% of available power…

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Several cities publish schedules, but Eskom says there is no immediate load-shedding plan

Engineering News 3 June 2013.

State-owned electricity utility Eskom says it is aware of the fact that several large cities have developed load-shedding schedules for 2013, following the recent release of a new schedule by the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality, in Gauteng.

However, spokesperson Hilary Joffe insists that there are no plans currently to implement load shedding…

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Several cities publish schedules, but Eskom says there is no immediate load-shedding plan

Terence Creamer | 3rd June 2013 | Engineering News

State-owned electricity utility Eskom says it is aware of the fact that several large cities have developed load-shedding schedules for 2013, following the recent release of a new schedule by the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality, in Gauteng.

However, spokesperson Hilary Joffe insists that there are no plans currently to implement load shedding.

Besides Ekurhuleni, eThekwini and the City of Cape Town have published schedules on their websites, while many other cities are believed to have developed internal load-shedding programmes.

Johannesburg’s City Power said it was in talks with Eskom on the issue, but had not published any timetables. “We will only do load shedding if and when our discussion with the power utility concludes that we should do load shedding,” spokesperson Sol Masolo told Engineering News Online.

Ekurhuleni published its schedules on its website on May 31, advising consumers to print them out so that they were aware of the possible impact should load shedding become a necessity. The city stressed that the schedules have been designed to ensure that the impact is spread equitably over the customer base.

Joffe tells Engineering News Online that the schedules have not been developed at the request of Eskom.

However, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa made it a licence condition in 2010 for all those distribution licensees intending to conduct load shedding to develop schedules as a preparedness measure.

Schedules only need to be published and communicated in the event of load shedding and there is no requirement to publish the schedules unless implementation was envisaged.

Eskom has communicated previously that it will be conducting long-duration planned maintenance during the winter of 2013 and has continually warned of a “tight” supply/demand balance.

The utility is forecasting a 2013 winter peak of 36 800 MW. On Thursday May 30, it reported that the capacity available to meet the evening peak was 34 319 MW, while demand was forecast at 33 758 MW.

SOURCE: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/several-cities-publish-schedules-but-eskom-says-there-is-no-immediate-load-shedding-plan-2013-06-03

Planned power cuts for Ekurhuleni

 Sapa | 3rd June 2013 | Engineering News

Ekurhuleni residents could be in for power cuts because of the increased demand on electricity, the municipality said on Sunday.

“We are advising consumers to use electricity wisely by taking practical steps like switching geysers off during peak hours, switching off lights in rooms that are not occupied, [and] using gas heaters instead of electric ones…,” spokesman Sam Modiba said in a statement. Continue reading

No new Medupi, Kusile labour deal yet, but progress reported

Terence Creamer | 31 May 2013 | Engineering News

Power utility Eskom, its contractors and trade unions representing workers at the Medupi and Kusile power-station project sites have not been able to conclude a new labour agreement by the end of May as initially hoped. However, Eskom spokesperson Hilary Joffe said on Friday that significant progress had been made and that a deal could be finalised by the end of next week.

The talks, which are being facilitated by mediators, have been convened in an effort to renegotiate the troublesome project labour agreements (PLAs) and replace these with new ‘partnership agreements’.

The PLAs have been blamed for labour strife on both sites, with the Medupi project, in Limpopo, having been particularly strike prone – the site was closed for 10 weeks earlier in the year. Continue reading

NERSA’s MYPD approval of 8% instead of 16%: response by Eskom & SALGA

PMG 24 May 2013.

Date of Meeting:24 May 2013
Chairperson:Mr S Njikelana
Summary:

The meeting looked at the rationale behind the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s price determination of 8% in response to Eskom’s request for a 16% tariff increase. The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) was asked to respond to the 8% increase on behalf of municipalities. Continue reading