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Eskom Continues to Investigate the R400m Tutuka Tender

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Eskom Continues to Investigate the R400m Tutuka Tender

Eskom Continues to Investigate the R400m Tutuka Tender. In January 2022, a whistle-blower raised concerns about a R400-million tender to rehabilitate the Tutuka Power Station.

This whistle-blower alleged that the company awarded the tender, J&C Engineering, had access to confidential bid documents before the tender was issued.

Eskom Continues to Investigate the R400m Tutuka Tender

The Tutuka Power Station is a coal-fired power plant in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The station has Electrostatic Precipitators (ESPs), which are used to remove soot and ash from exhaust fumes.

Rehabilitating the ESPs is important to reduce health impacts on nearby communities and meet environmental standards.

Whistle-Blower Claims

The whistle-blower discovered an Excel file, “copy of ESP Spares Pricing Schedule,” allegedly showing that an employee from J&C Engineering created it six months before the tender was announced. The file was modified by an Eskom employee on the day the tender was advertised.

Eskom’s Response and Investigation

Eskom, the state-owned electricity company, received the whistle-blower’s claims and initiated an internal investigation. However, the investigation has taken over 19 months and is still ongoing.

Eskom expects the investigation to be concluded within four months. If irregularities are found, the case could be referred to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for further action.

Potential Impact

If the tender contract with J&C Engineering is found to be irregular and is set aside, the Tutuka Power Station might not be able to comply with emission standards by 2025. This could affect the power plant’s operations.

Refurbishment Progress

Work to refurbish the ESPs at the Tutuka Power Station has been completed for Unit 6 and is scheduled to begin for Unit 5 in September 2023.

J&C Engineering’s Response

J&C Engineering’s managing director, Joe Peel, claims that the company had provided an Excel spreadsheet in 2020 for a quotation in good faith, which was later used by Eskom in the tender process. Peel denies any involvement in irregularities.

Eskom’s Plans for Tutuka Power Station

Tutuka Power Station has been described as one of Eskom’s worst-performing plants. There are discussions about the potential closure of the Tutuka power facility in the near future, although the timeline is being re-evaluated.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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