Medupi Power Station
Lephalale, Limpopo, South Africa
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: Engineering; Project Management
Parsons Brinckerhoff is providing engineering and project management support to Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, for the development of the Medupi Power Station, a 4,800-MW power plant that will be one of the largest in the world when completed in 2015.
The new plant, located 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Johannesburg, will provide much-needed power to a growing population in a region where there hasn’t been a major new power plant in almost 20 years.
A massive project with 38 large contracts and a peak workforce of more than 8,000, the Medupi Power Station consists of six coal-fired supercritical boilers that will provide a reliable source of power to the nation’s grid. The first two units are scheduled to be completed in 2012.
The construction of the Medupi Power Station and associated infrastructure in a remote community of the northern province of Limpopo will promote unprecedented economic development and employment in the region. “When completed, Medupi will have positive financial impact on the South African economy, enabling the nation to grow and prosper and improve the living conditions of its people,” says Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Project Director Joe Schroedel.
The population of the area is expected to double during construction, requiring extensive logistical planning and support. The project will provide employment opportunities for thousands of South Africans, many of them inexperienced in construction, making training, safety and quality control of vital importance. Knowledge transfer among professional staff is also critical to the project’s success. “Transfer of knowledge is an important part of Parsons Brinckerhoff work for Eskom, which has developed a formal skills and knowledge transfer strategy,” says Schroedel.