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1 November 2007 – The contracts for the US$11 billion Medupi power plant boiler and turbines have finally been signed, says Eskom Enterprises CE, Brian Dames.

Refusing to divulge the names of the winners, Dames was prepared to say that the contracts had been signed on 30 October and that a joint announcement would be made in a few weeks.

Originally planned for September, the decision to award the contracts took a lot longer than originally anticipated. Eskom sited the size and complexity of the project and a desire to cover every angle before the final contracts were signed as the reason for the delay.

Medupi, a dry cooled coal fired power station, is the first to be built in South Africa in a number of years. It will have a generation capacity of 4 700MW and use high tech supercritical boilers which operate at higher temperatures and pressures, and deliver greater efficiently.

Environmental challenges have caused further delays in the commissioning of the site, which was scheduled for operation in September 2010 – however, current time lines indicate the first units will be operational in 2011 and the last by 2015.