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Spanish firm to construct two power lines in RSA

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Eskom Holdings has selected Abengoa to develop two transmission lines in South Africa

Last week, global technology company Abengoa was awarded a contract to build and commission two 400 kV power transmission lines by Eskom in South Africa.

The power project will total an estimated $25 million (ZAR331 million) and stretch across 174km from the Medupi substation in Lephalale region to the Borutho substation in Mokopane region, located in northeastern South Africa.

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The Spanish-based power company said in a statement that they will be responsible for the engineering, commissioning, design and construction of both transmission lines.

The power project is expected to reach completion in 2017.

Additional power project involvement

The power company was involved in developing South Africa’s first thermosolar power plant, KaXu Solar One, located near Poffadder in the Northern Cape.

Designed to provide a sustainable supply of power to the country, the Department of Energy commissioned the power plants commercial operation in March.

The power plant is designed to reach a generation capacity of 100MW. The company is currently in the process of building two additional power plants in the Northern Cape Province.

Khi Solar One is a 50MW solar power plant using tower technology and Xina Solar One is a 100MW parabolic trough plant.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.