Aveng Grinaker-LTA makes progress on the Balance of Plant project at Kusile Power Station

Aveng Grinaker-LTA is making good progress on the construction of the Balance of Plant (BOP) mechanical works at the Kusile Power Station project, as per the contract that was concluded with Eskom in February 2011. Kusile is set to be the fourth largest coal-fired power station in the world, and the multi-disciplinary BOP component of the project is being executed by Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s Mechanical and Electrical division. It comprises of a comprehensive range of services, which include engineering works (steel structures, piping, supports, buildings and foundations), procurement (raw piping material, valves, mechanical equipment and steel) and construction works consisting of civil and building works, structural steel fabrication and installation, piping fabrication and installation, and installation of mechanical items.

The BOP works are spread across the entire plant, including Unit 1 to 6 as West and East common plant areas and outside plant areas. The majority of the works includes piping networks and steel racking associated with power plant construction.

“Over the last year, Aveng Grinaker-LTA has been instrumental in assisting Eskom in maintaining their tight schedule for the targeted Unit 1 synchronisation date and has reported significant progress at the new Kusile Power Station project,” says Tyrone Juul, Project Manager at Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s Mechanical and Electrical division.

When Unit 1 is completed and enters into commercial operation, an additional 800MW will be added to the National Grid. Notable milestones completed by the Aveng Grinaker LTA team include the completion of the unit 1 – 3 Auxiliary Cooling Tower System in May 2015, completion of the common Fire Water System in June 2015, and the mechanical completion of Unit 1 to Unit 3 Process and Control Air Systems in the West Side Compressor Building in July 2015.

“In spite of working in a challenging and an often difficult environment, the Aveng Grinaker- LTA BOP team has stayed focussed on supporting the Eskom goal of achieving the Unit 1 synchronisation date and we are extremely proud of our team for their commitment and dedication towards the success of this project,” says Tyrone Juul. “As a team and a company we fully understand the importance of this project to Eskom and the country as a whole in ensuring a sustainable energy supply into the future.”

To date, the Aveng Grinaker-LTA BOP component of the Kusile project has provided employment for over 200 community members living close to the plant. This includes training on basic pipe fitting, basic rigging, basic use of hand tools and basic scaffolding techniques which underpins the company’s “Home without harm, everyone everyday” safety objective and supports the company’s mandate to upskill, empower and make a meaningful difference to the lives of disadvantaged communities close to its operations.