Eskom's power stations to create 26 000 new jobs

Posted On Wednesday, 16 February 2005 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Three power stations are to be re-opened

EskomSouth Africa's electricity supplier Eskom is expected to create 26 000 new jobs in Mpumalanga once three power stations are re-opened.

The three power stations at Camden near Ermelo, Grootvlei near Balfour and Komati near Middelburg were shut down in the late 1980s and 1990s because Eskom was generating more electricity than needed.

But the company has announced that it would spend about R12 billion to re-open the power stations as part of its investment drive in Mpumalanga and to meet a growing national need for electricity.

"These stations were closed down in such a way that they could still be re-opened," said Eskom spokesperson Fani Zulu on Wednesday.

"There are also plans to build new power stations in the country," he added.

The Camden Power Station is expected to start operating by June, while the other two power stations will reopen in 2008.

The number of jobs would, however, drop after renovations and some construction work is completed, according to the company commissioned to do the feasibility study, Econometrix.

The power stations are expected to contribute R4.2 billion to Mpumalanga's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Eskom has also budgeted R1.5-billion to build a railway line for heavy coal trucks that supply its power stations in Mpumalanga.

The line will ease pressure on a 100km stretch of the N11 between Ermelo and Eskom's Majuba Power Station near Amersfoort, which costs R12 million a year to repair.

Last modified on Monday, 04 November 2013 12:13

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