ACTOM Contracting soon to start cabling at Medupi
In its biggest-ever contract to date, ACTOM Contracting (formerly Alstom Contracting) was recently awarded the main station cabling contract by Eskom for all six generating units of the new Medupi power station currently under construction near Lephalale in Limpopo Province.
The contract, worth more than R700m and extending over four years until the end of the first quarter of 2014, covers design, supply, installation and commissioning of the main station cabling, racking and lighting.
“The fact that Eskom has awarded us this contract indicates its confidence in our abilities and acknowledgement of our good track record in this field, as we were responsible for the main station cabling of several of the existing power plants in the country,” commented Greg Smith, ACTOM Contracting’s General Manager.
“To give some idea of the magnitude of the contract as a whole it will involve a total of 2 600 km of cabling and we will have roughly 350 people on site during peak periods of activity.
“The design work and procurement of materials are currently in progress and we are due to commence installation in the third quarter of 2010.”
The company is responsible for the design and engineering parts of the contract, which will be undertaken in the various sections comprising the power station’s six generating units plus common plant.
“In terms of the contract conditions we are committed to employing and training members of the local community, as well as to purchase many of our peripheral supplies from local small and medium businesses in the area as our contribution towards the development of the local community,” Smith added.
ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is a black empowered electrical engineering company that employs over 6 000 people and has an annual order intake in excess of R5bn. It has 27 operating units, 22 production facilities and 25 distribution centres throughout South Africa.
ACTOM partners Alstom France for environmental equipment and in serving the maintenance, upgrade and retrofit market for larger boilers, as well as for railway transport activities.
ACTOM holds exclusive distribution, technology and representation rights for Areva T&D in Southern Africa and maintains management, technical and commercial links to Areva T&D business units in Europe.
ACTOM formerly traded under the name Alstom South Africa and re-branded to ACTOM in September 2009.
For further information contact Greg Smith, ACTOM Contracting
Private Bag 1, Bramley 2018
Tel (011) 430-8700 Fax (011) 440-1086
Date: June 30, 2010