R500 million for Joburg power upgrades
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – CITY Power, Johannesburg’s power utility, will spend more than R500 million over the next three years to upgrade infrastructure and prevent power outages.
The money will be spent on six power substations around the city.
The substations that will be given a new lease of life are in Roodepoort, Wilro Park, Kloofendal, New Fleurhof, Tshepisong and Princess.
Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment and Infrastructure Services, Matshidiso Mfikoe, said the Roodepoort distribution network would be upgraded from the current 33/6.6kW to 88/11kV.
Mfikoe said the existing network, which is more than 40 years old, had reached the end of its “useful life” and has, as a result, limited capacity to meet increased power demand in the region.
She said the timing of the investment is crucial in the sense that growth in the designated supply areas had substantially increased, while no significant upgrade of the ageing electricity infrastructure had been undertaken.
Mfikoe added that the resultant high electricity demand in the region had led to the power grid in the area becoming constrained, hence the move to give a boost to the electricity infrastructure.
“The equipment has reached the end of its useful life and there are no more spares available or being manufactured. In the event of power outages, it took longer than necessary to restore power,” she said.
She said they were upgrading the network to make it flexible and robust.
“We are bringing the latest technology to enable City Power to remotely monitor the network from the control centre to prevent power outages or power loss. This will also help City Power to reduce maintenance costs and increase revenue.”
On completion, 1 000MVA is expected to be added to the utility’s current capacity.
– CAJ News
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