New Substation to unlock Opportunities for Growth and Investment

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

The new Vuyani substation in Mthatha, opened by Eskom today “will strengthen the electricity backbone in the Eastern Cape,” the power parastatal said in a statement.

Eskom said the Eastern Cape network strengthening scheme consisted of a 356-kilometre 400kV high-voltage transmission line running from the southern region of KwaZulu-Natal through the Lusikisiki and Mthatha areas up to East London.

“This is the first 400kV infrastructure in the area and will help to unlock opportunities for investment and growth through stabilising the power supply network and creating capacity”.

Eskom said the construction of the Vuyani substation “with initial and expandable capacity of transforming 500 MVA” had started in April 2012 and had been completed in June this year.

Involving an investment of R392 million, Eskom said the project consisted on two transformers and six 132 kV feeder bays that supplied power in the southern region of the Eastern Cape.

“The Vuyani substation is part of a larger scheme involving a R2.6 billion capital injection into the areas, which also includes two 400 kV lines and six 132kV lines as well as new substations and upgrades to existing downstream substations.”

Eskom said that some of the workers who had been employed on the project had received training which had “equipped them with the necessary skills that will enable them to find employment in other sectors of the economy”.

The training, it spelled out, involved bricklayers, carpenters and electricians and was “part of Eskom’s commitment to skills development and localisation”.

General Manager of Group Capital Power Delivery Projects Naresh Hari says he was “very pleased with the implementation of the project, which had been delivered within budget and had opened the doors for further investment and development in the Eastern Cape”. - MetroMinutes.

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