Plan B if Alstom fails to deliver for Medupi – Eskom

2013-12-05 11:03

Eskom may bring in another company if French multinational Alstom fails to install software for the Medupi Power Station’s boilers in time, the state-owned power utility has said.

“We have a contingency plan in place in case Alstom is not able to meet any of its milestones,” Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger said today.

Etzinger said the utility would not cancel its contract with Alstom, and would merely bring in another company to work alongside it.

“On [the boiler protection software] part of their work, we have noticed that [Alstom] is lagging behind,” he said.

Eskom wanted the software installed by mid-2014.

He said if the backup plan was used it would not cause further delays.

Joburg daily, The Star, reported today that the parastatal could possibly dump Alstom’s contract for managing the computer programme that would manage Medupi’s six boilers.

The newspaper reported that Siemens was poised as Alstom’s possible replacement.

Etzinger could not comment on which company would be used in Eskom’s contingency plan.

In October, the utility said South Africa could expect electricity from Medupi, a coal-fired power station in Lephalale, Limpopo, by 2014.

The first of six 794 megawatt units at Medupi would produce electricity in the second half of next year.

The rest of the units in both power stations would go online in eight-month intervals until completion in 2018, the company said at the time.

Etzinger said that progress at Medupi was still going well.

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