Eskom to increase infrastructure by 35 000 MVA transformer capacity
South Africa: Eskom shared its Transmission Development Plan (TDP) for the period 2020 to 2029 with different stakeholders at a public forum in Midrand, Johannesburg.
Segomoco Scheppers, Group Executive for Transmission says, “Some adjustments have been made to the TDP since its last publication in 2018, which include the re-phasing of capital investment in transmission projects to align with the project execution timelines associated with servitude acquisitions and current available funding.”
Significant progress has also been made in the establishment of a transmission network to enable the successful connection of additional generation from Medupi and Kusile to the national grid. Furthermore, approximately 379 km of lines and 540 MVA of transformation capacity were successfully commissioned in the 2019 financial year.
A number of transmission substations and transformer capacity enhancement projects were commissioned in support of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) Programme Bid Windows 1 to 3, increasing the number of connected projects to 67, totalling 4 041 MW which was in operation by July 2019.
As part of the TDP for the period 2020 to 2029, Eskom plans to increase its transmission infrastructure by approximately 4 800 km of extra high voltage transmission lines and 35 000 MVA of transformer capacity over the next 10 years.