Empowering a Nation
Power Plant Brings Reliable Electricity, Skills Development to South Africa
South Africa is furthering ambitious plans to support economic growth and continued social development by investing in its energy infrastructure. Among the largest power generation projects in the world, the 4,800 megawatt (MW) Kusile Power Station includes significant planning and execution complexity not previously seen in the history of Africa’s energy infrastructure development.
The 6 x 800 MW supercritical coal-fired power station is located in Witbank, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. It is the first in South Africa to use advanced environmental flue gas desulfurization (FGD) air quality control (AQC) technology and air-cooled condensers.
By applying an innovative virtual 3-D plant model, Eskom and Black & Veatch have been able to unify multiple contractors’ project plans into one consistent model, aiding both design and construction. This effort was recognized with an international award for innovation in power generation. Black & Veatch also has implemented multiple modules of its proprietary POWRTRAK® design tool.
A comprehensive and proven skills and knowledge transfer program developed by Black & Veatch is also being deployed to further the development of Eskom professionals. Experienced coaches work with protégés to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to execute future projects. The result is an empowered workforce with the necessary technical skills to plan, design, build, and operate and maintain future projects.
Black & Veatch also works closely with Eskom to meet its goals regarding the development of local labor resources and local supplier capacity. The project is making major social and civic contributions to support local communities through an extensive community social investment program involving all contractors on site. Kusile will give tens of thousands of South Africans the opportunity for an improved quality of life through increased skills as well as availability of safe and reliable energy.
Construction is on 1,355 hectares. At peak execution, the project employed more than 16,000 workers on-site.