After being appointed mid-stream early in 2015 to take over the provision of the control and instrumentation at Eskom’s embattled Kusile build project, ABB is currently optimising Unit 1 and getting ready to hand over the control to Eskom when the unit goes into commercial operation within the next few months.
Unit 2 is on track to be synchronised later this year and put into commercial operation early next year, with the whole project to be completed in 2020.
Eskom in March 2015 announced that it replaced France’s Alstom with Swiss firm ABB Ltd. in the control and instrumentation (C&I) contract for its much-delayed Kusile power station.
At that stage, Eskom was battling to keep the lights on and Kusile and its sister power station, Medupi, were years behind schedule and over budget.
Moneyweb recently visited Kusile, which is the fourth largest coal-fired power station in the world and the biggest in Africa, as a guest of ABB and spoke with Sifiso Mazibuko, Eskom project leader and Ingo J Wagner, group vice president of ABB.
Kusile fast facts:
Generation capacity: 4 800MW (6 x 800MW)
Cabling: 5 300km to be installed on-site
Signals: 207 000
First flue gas desulferization plant in sub-Saharan Africa
Situated: Near Eskom’s Kendal power station about 40km west of eMalahleni in Mpumalanga
Budget to completion: R156 billion
Revised completion date: 2020