Global supplier to Eskom’s Medupi Power Plant, GE’s Steam Power Systems, has been honoured with the Global IPMA Project Excellence Gold Award for work done on the plant.

In September, South Africa’s national power utility, Eskom, announced the synchronisation of Unit 5 from the coal-fired power station to the national power grid.

The utility at that time noted that the synchronisation of Unit 5 also marked a key milestone towards the full commercial operation of the unit ahead of its scheduled commercial operation in March 2018.

Commenting on the recognition was the regional project executive at GE’s Steam Power Systems, Lee Dawes, who said: “Our team has been working with Eskom on the Medupi Power Plant since 2007.”

“The plant itself is the fourth largest coal-powered plant in the southern hemisphere. It has six units with a capacity of 794MW each and an installed capacity of 4,764MW. The GE team that has been working on this project is immensely proud of the IPMA award and recognition,” Dawes added.

Supplier’s scope of works on Medupi

GE’s scope includes six full EPC turbine islands, air cooled Condensers and overall project and construction management.

Once completed in 2020, the Medupi Power Plant is anticipated to generate enough power to the grid to meet the electricity needs of 3.5 million households in South Africa.

The company noted that the IPMA award recognises work that is an example of excellent project management.

Global projects that have similar budgets compete against each other and the winner is determined based on the entry submission as well as a site visit.

Winners are determined based on the assessors’ evaluation and jury reports, which include a detailed analysis.

“This is a first for GE Power and Steam Power Systems in Africa and it certainly is celebration of the work we’ve done [in] South Africa, executing a significant project that will deliver power to millions of people,” Dawes said.

He added: “Big scale projects like Medupi are great stimulators for the local economy, they inject economic activity in remote areas and create sustainable livelihoods.

“Our initial local content target for this project was 50% and we exceeded it delivering 70%. We trained over 800 trade professionals and spent more than $1.4 billion on local content.”

 

Homepage image: Construction site at Medupi Power Station. Credit Eskom