New substation to secure electricity supply

2017-05-18 06:02
=The Nivens Drift project entails the building of a new 132/11kV load centre with 132 kV power lines. It is situated at the Kruisrivier Industrial Area, next to the Rocklands Road.                                Photo:SUPPLIED

=The Nivens Drift project entails the building of a new 132/11kV load centre with 132 kV power lines. It is situated at the Kruisrivier Industrial Area, next to the Rocklands Road. Photo:SUPPLIED

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The old problem of an unreliable electricity supply to the Uitenhage and KwaNobuhle distribution areas will soon be a thing of the past. This is thanks to a more than R50 million renovation and maintenance investment in the Nivens Drift and the Mabandla Substations.

“We are all too aware that our level of power outages is still too high, particularly in Uitenhage and Despatch and the Northern Areas,” said Mayoral Committee Member for Electricity and Energy, Councillor Anette Lovemore.

“We are determined to bring the level of power failures down to the absolute minimum.”

According to municipal spokesperson Mthubanzi Mniki, the Nivens Drift project entails the building of a new 132/11kV load centre with 132 kV power lines, bringing the power into the substation for local distribution at 11 kV in the western area of Uitenhage.

“This project will guarantee a reliable and safe electricity supply to the affected areas. It will add significant capacity in the western areas of Uitenhage for additional electricity demand in wards 45, 48, 46 and 47,” said Mniki.

The renovation work at Nivens Drift will be completed towards the end of 2017.

At the Mabandla Substation in KwaNobu-hle, more than R10 million will be spent on refurbishing the medium voltage switchgear. This work will drastically reduce the number of faults on the system, a frequent cause of electricity outages for the residents of Kwa-Nobuhle. This project will be finished next year in June.

According to Lovemore, the municipality is aggressively attacking the two main reasons for the outages, namely old and failing infrastructure and vandalism and theft.

These projects are only two among many projects that the municipality will embark on in improving electricity and energy infrastructure across Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

  • Other work that is currently underway includes exploring solar energy alternatives to supplement our energy demand, replacing high energy consuming street lights to LED energy saving lights, and improving security at substations.

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