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Overview

Murray & Roberts has played a key role in constructing much of South Africa’s existing power station infrastructure over the past 50 years.

The need for new electricity capacity in South Africa has reached a critical stage and the planned Eskom power generation program will reinstate reliable electricity supply to South Africa and its neighbours over the next 20 years.

Medupi and Kusile Power Projects

Location: Lephalale, Limpopo Province and Witbank, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
Client: Eskom Holdings Limited
Partners: Mechanical – Hitachi Power Africa, Civil construction – Grinaker LTA (33%)
Project type: Power generation – mechanical, electrical and civil construction
Value: R16 billion (Medupi and Kusile, Murray & Roberts Power & Energy), R4,5 billion (Medupi civil construction)
Duration: 108 months in total
Project start: November 2007

Murray & Roberts is contracted to Hitachi Power Africa for the Medupi and Kusile boiler packages comprising 12 units of about 800 megawatt electrical (MWe) each. The Murray & Roberts scope includes structural steel fabrication, erection and mechanical installation works. These power stations are the largest dry-cooled thermal power stations in the world. Medupi will be in full operation by 2017 and Kusile in 2019. A number of Murray & Roberts companies are engaged in this project based on their experience gained from the previous power station build program. Murray & Roberts Power & Energy will deliver the project and fabrication of the structural steelwork is being undertaken by Genrec.

Achievements:

  • Achieving first contractual handover to the client within accelerated timeframe
  • Zero lost time injuries since start of project based on 3,7 million hours worked
  • 65% of labour sourced from local communities, exceeding ASGISA commitments
  • Implementation of The Medupi Way for the civil construction work, an organisational performance system to secure high levels of employee engagement, alignment and productivity