http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.77Change: 0.05
R/$ = 10.94Change: -0.09
Au 1204.33 $/ozChange: -19.85
Pt 1247.50 $/ozChange: -22.70
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Oct 10, 2008

Bedfordview electricity upgrade under way

Back
Engineering|SECURITY|Cable|CBI Electric African Cables|CBI Electric Power Installations|Eskom|PROJECT|Projects|Resources|Security|System|Power Installation|Security|Electrical Infrastructure|Maintenance|Product|Security|Underground Cable Network Infrastructure|Underground Network|Anne |Infrastructure|Johnson|Mike Engelbrecht|Power|Security|Cable|Cables|FIFA World Cup
Engineering|SECURITY|Cable|Eskom|PROJECT|Projects|Resources|Security|System|Security|Maintenance|Security||Infrastructure|Power|Security|Cable|Cables|
engineering|security|cable|cbi-electric-african-cables|cbi-electric-power-installations|eskom|project|projects|resources|security-company|system|power-installation|security-facility|electrical-infrastructure|maintenance|product|security-industry-term|underground-cable-network-infrastructure|underground-network|anne|infrastructure|johnson|mike-engelbrecht|power|security-person|cable-product|cables|fifa-world-cup
© Reuse this



The planned R25-million upgrade of the underground cable network infrastructure of Bedfordview is under way, reports electrical engineering company CBI Electric Power Installations, part of the CBI Electric group.

In November 2007, Engineering News reported that the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality would be investing this money to upgrade and strengthen its electrical infrastructure following the spate of blackouts experienced during the year.

In May 2007, Bedfordview was significantly affected by a series of blackouts that lasted over 72 hours when a key Eskom supply cable failed. The blackout also highlighted metro-level weaknesses, which forced the muni- cipality to reinterrogate its infrastructural maintenance shortcomings. Businesses were said to have lost millions during the period as many were forced to close their doors.

Following the blackout, CBI African Cables and CBI Electric Power Installations were awarded the contract to upgrade the electrical system.

CBI Electric Power Installation commercial manager Mike Engelbrecht reports that the projects involve the manufacture, delivery to site and installation of 44 000-V, XLPE, CSA, and PE sheathed underground cables between Harper and Anne substations and Anne and Johnson substations. In addition to this, the extension of the existing 44 000-V underground network from substation Z to Anne substation is also being conducted.

The project will connect the main supply substations in the Bedfordview area in a ring formation. This method of network supply effectively ensures that consumers can be supplied from two different and isolable sources, thereby increasing security of supply and ensuring effective contingency planning.

Initial reports from the Ekurhuleni metropolitan council stated that the project would be completed by May or June this year. The council also reported that it would be a tight deadline to meet. Englebrecht reports that the company is targeting an early 2009 project completion deadline.

He adds that the company has a long history with the Ekurhuleni metropolitan council going back as far as 1985 when some of the first South African manufactured 132-kV cable, supplied by CBI Electric African Cables, was installed in Benoni. In addition to the high-voltage cable work, the company is currently also continuing with a long-standing supply agreement covering cables in the low- and medium-voltage range.

Commenting on the future outlook of the company in the industry, Engelbrecht says that the current local power cable market is buoyant owing primarily to the expenditure associated with the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

“Beyond this horizon, market trading conditions are projected to remain positive in line with State-owned power utility Eskom’s capacity build programme. In order for local demands to be met, significant funds have been invested in upscaling of both plant capacity and human resources,” says Engelbrecht.

He adds that current countrywide skills shortages have gone hand in hand with the bolstering of internally focused training mechanisms aimed at ensuring that personnel are furnished with the necessary skills to continue to efficiently deliver a quality product to the marketplace.

Edited by: Laura Tyrer
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Electricity News
Updated 4 hours ago The team of engineers that delivered the Jeffreys Bay wind farm have been shortlisted for an international engineering award.  Professional body Engineers Ireland announced the six shortlisted engineering projects in the running for the national title of ‘Engineering...
Updated 4 hours ago Ratings agency Fitch has affirmed energy utility Eskom’s long-term local currency Issuer Default Rating at ‘BBB+’, with a ‘negative’ outlook. Fitch said in a statement that government’s indication of support to the utility through a R350-billion Guarantee Framework...
Industry proponents at the Southern Africa Solar Thermal and Electricity Association-hosted concentrated solar power (CSP) leadership dialogue on Wednesday moved to build a case for the application of CSP technology to complement South Africa’s energy mix shift and...
Article contains comments
More
 
 
Latest News
Mossel Bay harbour
Updated 2 hours 6 minutes ago The National Ports Authority (NPA) has taken steps to ensure the Ebola virus disease does not enter South Africa through one of its main harbours, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown revealed on Thursday. "As of September 23, all vessels [from certain countries]...
Updated 3 hours ago AltX-Listed Huge Group on Thursday said it had secured a loan agreement that would enable the funding of the company’s significant growth. In a statement to shareholders, Huge Group said that, following a “high level of interest” from debt finance providers, wholly...
Herman Burger, Madeleine du Toit and Corney van Rooyen
Updated 4 hours ago A high-standard technical paper, titled ‘Laser metal deposition microstructure of modified low-C martensitic stainless steel’, has secured two Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) metallurgists and a University of Pretoria (UP) professor the...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Integrated energy and chemical company Sasol has partnered with Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) professor and founder and CEO of PanAvest Partnership Dr Douglas Boateng to publish a series of books on executive supply chain management aimed at...
MORNÉ DU PLESSIS Increased urgency and burgeoning awareness of the importance of these issues are beginning to change political risks and, thus, State responses to environmental concerns
The World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF’s) 2014 Living Planet Index (LPI) indicates that there has been a 52% decline in vertebrate species since 1970. The Index tracked the trends of 10 000 discrete populations of over 3000 vertebrate species between 1970 and 2010.
Rwanda has joined a number of East African countries seeking to import electricity from Ethiopia as its demand grows. After it became apparent several generation project it is implementing will not come on stream early enough, now plans to import 400 MW from Ethiopia...
Metrorail’s first new passenger train will arrive in November next year, says Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana. “Next year we will be able to put our hands around the infrastructure and equipment we have been talking about for so long.”
The Competition Commission has launched an investigation into what it says are “price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in the market for the manufacture and supply of automotive components to original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs, or vehicle...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks