South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, has committed itself to continue its investment in transmission infrastructure and to leverage advanced technology solutions for a reliable and sustainable power grid.

“Our membership of the GO15 [Grid Operators], an organisation of 19 of the largest grid operators in the world enhances our learning in transmission and system operations and allows for the optimisation of mutual opportunities,” the utility said in a statement over the weekend.

The grid operators include participants from BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the US, Asia, Middle East, Australia, Mexico, and the European Union.

Eskom committed to grid stability

Managing the largest capacity expansion project in Africa, Eskom has invested approximately ZAR12 billon ($835 million) in transmission infrastructure and strengthening projects since 2014 to the end of September 2016.

According to the utility, more than 6,000km of transmission lines and 32,000MVA of substation transformer capacity has been installed since 2005.

“South Africa’s power system has progressed to a position of surplus capacity, opening opportunities to extend regional interconnections and to accommodate a changing power generation mix to grow the economy of South Africa,” the parastatal said.

Joining GO15

Last week, it was announced that Eskom’s Group Executive of Transmission, Thava Govender, was elected as Vice President for the GO15 Steering Board for 2017 and President designate for 2018.

Dr Baldwin Ngubane, Eskom Chairman, said in a statement: “South Africa’s power system has progressed to a position of surplus capacity, opening opportunities to extend regional interconnections and to accommodate a changing power generation mix to grow the economy of South Africa.

“Eskom’s partnership with the GO15 enhances access to global expertise in transmission and system operations and allows for the optimisation of mutual opportunities.”

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