High-mast lighting manufacturer Lighting Structures is undertaking a R12-million contract to design, manufacture, supply and install a range of high-mast lighting, along with civil works and electrics at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station, in Lephalale, Limpopo.
Medupi is the first power station to be built in the country in more than two decades, and requires a significant amount of peripheral infrastructure, including specialised area and streetlighting to ensure security and safe operations.
Lighting Structures specialises in the engineering and design, fabrication, logistics and installation of high masts, including rail-low masts, mid-hinge masts, hydro and access masts, as well as streetlighting poles.
The company says it was awarded the tender owing to its engineering and design capability, its ability to manufacture and deliver a good-quality product at short notice from its upgraded plant in Nigel, as well as its focus on safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ).
“The SHEQ is critical to any project of this magnitude. Lighting Structures’ strength in understanding and incorporating client SHEQ requirements and its ability to work within the parameters is a significant differentiating factor,” says parent company Jasco Carrier Infrastructure divisional MD Francois van Zyl.
Lighting Structures is jointly owned by Jasco and telecommunications, transmission and guyed mast fabricator, the LeBlanc group.
At Medupi, Lighting Structures is responsible for the design, supply, erection and commissioning of ninety-eight 30 m rail-low masts, fourteen 40 m lattice towers and sixteen 18 m mid-hinge masts, as well as luminaires for the structures.
The project includes the fabrication of the masts and towers to suit the terrain, delivery to site of all masts and towers, supply and installation of electrical distribution boards and splitter boxes in the masts and towers, earthing and civil works, as well as mast assembly and erection on site.
“The unknown terrain required us to work in a very hands-on fashion with various contractors when it came to all site-related work. Our in-house engineering capabilities were put to good use on this project, as we were able to provide on-site assistance and to adapt the foundations and structures to suit the varying soil conditions at the Medupi site,” says Van Zyl.
The project will be completed in April.