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Eskom to resume construction of Ariadne-Venus 400 kV line

South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal: Eskom is set to resume its work to complete construction of the final leg of the approximately 123 km of transmission power line.

The power line will run through uMgungundlovu and uThukela District municipalities, in KwaZulu-Natal province. The final construction of the 47 km leg of this power line will start from the existing Venus substation in Estcourt and will end at the existing Ariadne substation in Pietermaritzburg.

The utility advised it has been engaging with governmental, environmental and all relevant structures in the area, laying the groundwork for the construction to begin.

It is important to note that this project will enable Eskom to fulfil its mandate of electricity provision to users in the area, as well as the entire province of KwaZulu-Natal. Since 2005, Eskom has been expanding its infrastructure through additional power stations and power lines, as well as strengthening and upgrading existing electricity infrastructure. This in turn will ensure that electricity users experience reliable power supply and that the country’s electricity demands are met.

About 70 % of the employed workforce has been recruited from the locals within the relevant towns, with the entire team completing induction at the beginning of October 2020.

“On completion, the project will not only contribute to improved stability of the transmission network, but will also create a more flexible network that will enhance electricity reliability. More importantly, this line will also contribute to the economic growth of the province,” said Bob Naraghi, the grid manager at Eskom Transmission.

Source: ESI Africa