Eskom commissions new alternative 132kV power line for Central Karoo contingency

  • The Distribution division in the Western Cape of South Africa’s state owned and state run power utility, Eskom,  has successfully completed construction and commissioning of the alternative 132kV power line which will provide a contingency to our valued customers in the Central Karoo, allowing for seamless rerouting of electricity when necessary.
  • This significant milestone achieved at 23:40 on 29 February 2024, marks a crucial step in ensuring uninterrupted power supply to the towns of Sutherland, Roggeveld, Laingsburg, Ladismith, Leeu Gamka, Swartberg, Merweville, Matjiesfontein, Prince Albert, Fraserburg, and surrounding areas. 

“Our primary goal is to maintain a reliable and resilient electrical network that meets the needs of our community,” stated Mbulelo Yedwa, Eskom General Manager, Cape Coastal Cluster. “The activation of the 132kV temporary bypass reaffirms our dedication to ensuring uninterrupted power supply, especially during critical maintenance and adverse weather patterns like recently,” Yedwa added.

The implementation of this contingency plan follows a severe storm on the night of 03 February 2024, which caused widespread damage to critical infrastructure, resulting in a large-scale power outage lasting approximately two weeks. While all affected areas were fully restored by 15 February 2024, Eskom proactively designed a plan to mitigate the impact of such incidents in the future.

The activation process involved rigorous testing, inspection, and adherence to standards to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the contingency measures. Eskom employees have been working tirelessly to complete this part of the project. Despite facing challenges and adverse weather conditions, Eskom employees demonstrated exceptional professionalism and resilience in delivering the project within the stipulated timeframe.

As Eskom Distribution says that they their commitment to innovation and excellence in electricity distribution remains steadfast, with a focus on meeting the evolving needs of customers and communities.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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