Mbombela, South Africa — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 18 January 2011 – The Green Scorpions “’ officially known as the Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI) “’ have started inspections of Eskom’s Mpumalanga power stations to check if the power utility is complying with environmental laws.
The EMI inspectors started their five-day campaign at the Eskom Komati Asbestos site along the N4 ring road. Spokesman Moses Randitsheni said the EMI would monitor whether Eskom had adhered to the conditions stipulated in the relevant laws. He added that the Green Scorpions would take appropriate action if Eskom was found to be non-compliant.
Targeted areas in Mpumalanga include Eskom’s Camden sub-station and the transmission line between Duvha power Station and Janus Substation in Middelburg. Another five Eskom projects had already been inspected in Limpopo, he added.
Randitsheni said the team had inspected Eskom’s construction site at the Medupi coal power station in Lephalale, including associated structures as well as the construction of raw water reservoirs and pipelines for the power station.
“According to the preliminary reports, the projects are progressing quite well and the compliance status is generally satisfactory. The alignment and the construction of a portion of the Afguns road, as well as the construction of the telecommunication mast in the vicinity of Medupi power station, have been completed and the compliance status is also satisfactory,” said Randitsheni.
“In the construction of the Medupi-Marang 400kV transmission power-line, the Green Scorpions found that Eskom is not complying with certain conditions of the Environmental Management Plan,” he continued.
Randitsheni said non-compliance would be reviewed and met with appropriate action where necessary.