Grid upgrades to benefit suburbs

2015-05-05 06:00

Maitland and Kensington are set to benefit from The City of Cape Town’s electricity infrastructure upgrade.

Other areas that will benefit include Gugulethu, Stikland, Brackenfell, Kuils River and Durbanville.

As such, five capital projects aiming to improve distribution capacity and reliability are currently being implemented, and are on schedule for completion before the end of the 2014/’15 financial year.

The biggest capital outlay was required by Phase 2 of the Koeberg Road switching station upgrade. This upgrade will provide additional reinforcement to the City’s 132 kV network, which forms the backbone of the electrical network.

This project came in at a cost of R137 245 797 and improves the reliability of supply within the western portion of the city by replacing ageing infrastructure and providing greater transfer capacities within the 132 kV backbone. “The current situation at Eskom demonstrates the consequences that poor asset management can have on an electricity network. Ensuring that infrastructure is refurbished or replaced before it becomes unreliable is crucial to securing electricity supply for our customers,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Ernest Sonnenberg.

“Planning now so that there is sufficient capacity to meet demand is very important if we want the city’s economy to grow optimally. It is not only important to secure the power supply for commercial and industrial expansion, as is the aim in Stikland, but also to provide capacity for subsidised housing developments, as is the aim in Gugulethu.

“The majority of the capacity created by the Gugulethu main station upgrade will be filled by subsidised housing developments, empowering those who were economically marginalised by the apartheid system.

The City’s Electricity Services Department, was recently recognised when it was awarded the highly prestigious ISO 55000 certification – with the department being the first entity in South Africa and the second across the continent to be awarded this recognition. ISO 55000 is an international accreditation for asset management best practice, and serves as confirmation that the City’s electricity assets are managed in accordance with the highest possible standards globally

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