12 December 2007 – SPX Corporation, a US based diversified manufacturer, has been awarded a US$235 million component supply contract from Eskom, for the Medupi power station.

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President and chairman
of SPX, Chris Kearney

SPX has been contracted to supply filters and air preheaters for the power plant, as well as manufacture press parts for the six 800MW boilers.

"We have an established presence in SA so we are well positioned to help the country meet its increasing power and energy demand," said president and chairman of SPX, Chris Kearney, who also commented that the company was excited about its prospects in South Africa.

"We are making a substantial investment in our manufacturing facilities and employee base, and are committed to build our business for the long term in SA."

According to Kearney, Medupi will be one of the most modern and efficient power stations in the world.

Said Drew Landua, president of SPX thermal equipment and services, "Our highly efficient and environmentally friendly filters and air preheaters will help reduce emissions and enhance the productivity of Medupi."

Eskom also announced that the "prognosis for the fesitve season" was good and the company didn’t foresee any load shedding between 17 December and early January 2008.

"Eskom would like to warn all consumers that the system is forecast to be tight during the second week of next month as the pattern for demand during this period is very high," said Eskom’s MD of system operations and planning Erica Johnson.

"During this time Eskom will use all emergency energy resources, which will include the use of Eskom’s gas turbines and buying back power from large industrial customers," she said.