15 June 2008 – Eskom has announced that it will be accepting proposals to take over the Ingagane power station in KwaZulu-Natal and returning it to service.
The announcement was made after the utility was approached by a number of interested parties that wanted to return the power station to service, especially in light of the current electricity crisis in South Africa.
According to tender spokesperson, Fantie Loots, a compulsory site visit will be held at the power station at 11am on 23 July for all interested parties.
In addition to the Amajuba district municipality (who earlier in the year expressed an interest in the power station), Loots confirmed that there were “one or two other parties were also interested in the project”.
Loots said further that Eskom would not be involved in the return to service and that deadlines for the return to service would only be agreed once the tender had been awarded.
"Eskom did cost-evaluations and decided it was not worth their while. That’s why we are giving somebody else the opportunity. Maybe somebody else can do it more cost-effectively," Loots said when asked what the cost of the return to service would be.
Proposals can be submitted until the end of August and will be adjudicated by the end of September, assuming acceptable proposals are received.
Ingagane includes a boiler and turbine house with “three incomplete electricity generating units of 100 MW each, along with a number of workshops and office buildings.”