The crucial boiler registration certificate for the Medupi coal power station project has been received by Eskom giving it the necessary legal requirement.

“Eskom is very excited and extremely proud to announce that the Medupi power station project has received the Pressure Equipment Regulation Certificate of Registration for Unit 6 from the Department of Labour,” said the power utility on Thursday.

This is the first of the six Medupi units that are scheduled to be synchronised with the national electricity grid on 24 December this year.

Boiler registration with the Department of Labour is required as no user may use a steam generator (boiler) unless such user is in possession of a certificate of registration for that boiler.

The certificate is issued by the Department of Labour and is a legal requirement. The boiler must be registered before energy can be applied to the boiler and is required for the start of the first oil fire.

The Medupi engineering team hand delivered the submission documentation to the Department of Labour offices in Polokwane on Friday, 10 October and ensured that due processes had been followed and that all relevant documentation was in place to avoid any delays in the evaluation.

This initiative shortened the time required for evaluation on site.

“The Department of Labour further supported the project and went the extra mile by undertaking the evaluation, which can normally take up to 14 days, to complete the registration within six days.

“Medupi is now one step closer to the goal of first synchronisation and ready for the first oil fire scheduled for Friday, 17 October,” said Eskom.

Source – SAnews.gov.za