Medupi unit gets its boiler certificate

Medupi unit gets its boiler certificate

2014-10-17 10:34

Johannesburg - Unit six of the Medupi power station has received the pressure equipment regulation certificate of registration from the labour department, power utility Eskom said on Friday.

"This is the first of the six Medupi units that is scheduled to be synchronised to the national electricity grid on December 24 this year," Eskom said in a statement.

This follows unit six firing up its first gas burner last week.

READ: Medupi fires up first gas burner

"Boiler registration with the Department of Labour is required as no user may use a steam generator, ie boiler, unless such user is in possession of a certificate of registration for that boiler," the parastatal said.

"This certificate is issued by the Department of Labour and is a legal requirement. The boiler must be registered before energy can be applied to the boiler and is required for the start of the first oil fire."

The process to achieve this milestone was accelerated by establishing a strong relationship between senior members within the department and those involved in the construction of Medupi.

"The Medupi engineering team hand delivered the submission documentation to the Department of Labour offices in Polokwane on Friday October 10," Eskom said.

It had ensured due processes was followed and all relevant documentation was in place to avoid any delays in the evaluation.

"This initiative shortened the time required for evaluation on site," the power utility said.

"The Department of Labour further supported the project and went the extra mile by undertaking the evaluation - that can normally take up to 14 days - to complete the registration within six days, including the weekend."

Medupi was now one step closer to the goal of first synchronisation and ready for the first oil fire scheduled for Friday.

  • Made-In SA - 2014-10-17 10:52

    Meduphi is years late.Because of faulty welding to the boilers by Hitachi Power Africa[R38 Billion tender] and as we know Hitachi was owned by ZANC[Chancellor House].Welders from overseas had to be flown in to do the welding over,escalating the cost.

      Zimbawean - 2014-10-17 12:45

      Yes, but you are negating that wonderful achievment. They've registered the boiler ! Within 6 days, not 2 weeks. Well I think they all deserve huge bonuses for a producing this piece of paper . . . . . . & wy not throw in a special Presidential Commendation.

      James Dowden - 2014-10-17 13:56

      They fired the burners on Unit 6 this morning.....Yehaaaaa

      Laird Leporidae - 2014-11-06 01:54

      My best friend is a coded welder, years of experience and training. Couldn't get a job in ZA because he was white. Eventually emigrated , company in the UK paid for it, all expenses paid. It's sad that we once had the skills required to build this power station, but have driven it away. How can we justify not hiring local white people but then flying in white contractors at three times the cost to do the same work? I understand the need to correct the errors of the past, but punishing people who were too young to vote on anything is just perpetuating the errors of the past. Raising the level of education would have redressed that by now, but the education level is getting worse and the gap is getting worse, and the failed attempts to correct it are getting worse. It's a downward spiral.

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