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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 Projects), 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 2015 and Kusile in 2016. 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 Projects will deliver the project and fabrication of the structural steelwork is being undertaken by Genrec. Steel ducting is being fabricated by Energy Fabrication, a new empowered special purpose company established on site. First structural steel was delivered to Medupi in January 2009 and air duct fabrication commenced in May 2009. Murray & Roberts Construction secured the civil construction work for Medupi in joint venture.

Client delays during the start-up of the project are being overcome by an acceleration program requested by Eskom which commenced in July 2009 and will involve the deployment of an additional 1 600 employees to the project. The civil project currently employs 3 100 people. Medupi is South Africa’s first greenfield coal-fired power station in more than two decades. It will have a capacity of up to 4 800 MWe when its sixth unit is commissioned in 2015.

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