Hitachi has won a R20-billion boiler contract for Eskomís Medupi power station at Lephalale in Limpopo Province, and Alstom has won a R13-billion contract for the equipment on the turbine islands. More than half of the combined value of the contracts will be procured locally. Medupi will be the biggest dry-cooled power station in the world. The supercritical design, a first for Eskom, with its higher efficiency, will result in better utilisation of both water and coal resources and improved environmental performance. The first unit is scheduled for completion by 2012 with the whole station in service by 2015. Hitachi Power says it has committed to substantial investment in developing local engineering, manufacturing and artisan skills capacities. This will be its contribution to the success of Eskomís capacity expansion programme. The boiler and turbine contracts combined are the largest that Eskom has ever signed in its 84-year history. Based on these contracts, negotiations have begun for turbines and boilers for the next South African coal-fired power station, says Brian Dames, Eskomís MD of its enterprises division.
Contact Brian Dames, Eskom, Tel 011 800-8111,