Power Divisional News – Medupi Turbine Halls

Medupi Turbine Halls


apc-medupi-turbine-halls-nov-11-smllInstallation of ventilation equipment for Medupi turbine halls gets under way

ACTOM Air Pollution Control, which two years ago won the prized heating, ventilation & air-conditioning (HVAC) contracts for the turbine halls at Eskom’s new Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations, has to date produced roughly 50% of the total equipment required on the Medupi contract.

The company site supervisor established site at Medupi near Lephalale in Limpopo Province at the beginning of September this year to commence supervision of installation of the HVAC equipment in Unit No.6, the first of the power station’s six generation units in which the equipment is to be installed.

The two contracts, worth over R100-million, were awarded in mid-2009 to ACTOM Air Pollution Control by Alstom S&E Africa (Pty) Ltd, the contractor for the turbine packages for both of the 4800 MW power plants.

“Carrying on from installation of equipment on Unit 6 of Medupi, we will proceed with supply and installation of the equipment for the subsequent units. All the mechanical equipment for Unit 6 has been delivered, while the balance of the equipment for Unit 5 and all the equipment for Unit 4 is scheduled for ex-works delivery early in December,” explained Jack McClinton, ACTOM Air Pollution Control’s Contract Manager.

Final delivery of HVAC equipment for Medupi is scheduled for mid-2012, while the first ex-works delivery for Kusile is due to be made in early-December 2011 and final delivery in early-2013.

The equipment, all supplied ex-factory for installation by Sisonke, an Alstom S&E Africa (Pty) Ltd/Aveng (Africa) Ltd partnership company, under ACTOM Air Pollution Control’s supervision, includes ventilation ductwork, fans and accessories, electrical motor control centres, cables and racking. A total of 342 axial flow fans ranging in power from 3 kW to 45 kW will be supplied for each power station.

Among sub-contractors supplying equipment for the two HVAC contracts are ACTOM group companies ACTOM Mechanical Equipment, which is manufacturing world-renowned Fläkt Woods axial flow fans, and ACTOM Electrical Machines, which is supplying the electric motors to drive the fans.

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer and distributor of electrical equipment in South Africa, employing about 6 000 people and with an annual order intake in excess of R5bn. It is a black empowered company with 33 operating units, 27 production facilities and 28 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 Alstom Grid (formerly the Transmission business of Areva T&D) in Southern Africa and maintains management, technical and commercial links to Alstom Grid business units in Europe.

Following the acquisition by Schneider Electric of the global Distribution business of Areva T&D, the distribution, technology and representation agreements that existed between ACTOM and Areva will remain in place until such time as a new agreement has been concluded.

ACTOM formerly traded under the name Alstom South Africa and re-branded to ACTOM in September 2009.

For further information contact Des Tuck, ACTOM Air Pollution Control
PO Box 4051, Cresta 2118
Tel (011) 478-0456 Fax (011) 478-0371
E-mail des.tuck@actom.co.za
Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Fax 086-613-9657
E-mail mwkraftj@mweb.co.za

Date:  November 21, 2011

Caption:  Some of the equipment supplied by ACTOM Air Pollution Control as part of the HVAC contract for the turbine halls at Medupi are shown above in storage on site at the power station. The picture shows booster fan support structures and ducting for Unit 6.