Wesel/Germany, November  2010

Clyde Bergemann Africa successfully concluded a contract with Eskom for fly ash handling at Eskom’s Kusile Power Station. The power station is currently being built by Eskom near Delmas in Mpumalanga. Eskom is  state owned and the largest utility company in South Africa, headquartered in Johannesburg.

The order is worth around $50.1 million (R350 million) and Clyde Bergemann Africa will be responsible for the design, supply, construction and commissioning of the fly ash handling system. This includes the removal of fly ash from the bag houses to the storage silos and thereafter conditioning of fly ash onto overland conveyor belts.

In October 2009, the company was awarded the contract for the same scope of work at Eskom’s Medupi Power Station, and the work is progressing on schedule. The holding company in Germany (Clyde Bergemann Power Group) was awarded the contract to supply sootblowers for Medupi and Kusile through Hitachi Power Europe, who are responsible for building the boilers.

Early in November, the African company was also contracted to do the complete design, supply and commissioning of a new Dust Handling Plant for Units 4 – 6 at Matla Power Station. The value of this contract is around $13.9 million (R95 million)

Clyde Bergemann Africa is the South African operation of the globally active Clyde Bergemann Power Group. Clyde Bergemann Africa offers a wide range of technologies to the power industry and is actively involved with dense phase pneumatic conveying and boiler cleaning technologies. 

Both technologies have a long history with Eskom’s coal fired power stations, including Matla, Kriel and Komati Power Stations for ash handling and various other power stations where they also handle the boiler cleaning operations from Clyde Bergemann.

Managing Director, Jaco van der Westhuizen comments: ‘As with Medupi, the bid was fiercely contested by all our traditional competitors. We believe in our products and the technology we offer and we have a track record for delivering excellent service and solutions at reasonable cost. We are making excellent progress at Medupi and the quality of our installation speaks for itself. Our people are passionate, committed and dedicated and submitted a tender of exceptional quality. I think this gave us the edge.’

After Medupi, Kusile Power Station is the most advanced coal-fired plant project in Eskom. When completed, the power station will have six boilers each powering an 800 MW turbine, producing 4800 MW of power, thus making it one of the biggest coal-fired power stations in the world when fully commissioned.

“This great success in South Africa confirms our market strategy to be close to local customers with a global organization and excellent products and technologies. Booking these projects underpins a business development where after some market restraints we see stronger bookings kicking in now worldwide,” stated Franz Bartels, President & CEO of Clyde Bergemann Power Group.