ELECTRICITY: City Invests R538m In Network
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The City of Cape Town plans to invest over half a billion rand in the Metropole’s electricity network in the coming financial year.
Cape Town’s extensive electrical infrastructure consists of more than 70 main substations with transformers and switchgear, as well as thousands of kilometres of electrical cables and overhead power lines cris-crossing the city from Atlantis and Gordon’s Bay down to Cape Point.
“The City is following a pro-active maintenance and replacement programme to avoid any Eskom-type crises. It is essential for the City to timeously replace and maintain its equipment and infrastructure,” says Alderman Clive Justus, Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services.
“This year, maintenance and repair have received priority spending with a three percent allocation above inflation,” he says.
The R538 million budget for the coming financial year provides for the commencement of upgrades of main substations at Rosmead Avenue (R134.3 million); Roggebaai (R174.1 million); Strand (R47.2 million); Oakdale Phase 1 (R55.8 million); Langeberg in the northern suburbs (R20.1 million); Retreat (R16. 7 million) and Parow South (R13.7 million). In addition, a new main substation will be built to serve Century City (R55.5 million). These costs are to be spread over a number of years.
The Rosmead Avenue upgrade will improve electricity supply in the southern suburbs to areas such as Bergvliet, Claremont, Constantia, Hout Bay, Heathfield, Kenilworth, Lansdowne, Newlands, Ottery, Plumstead, Wetton and Wynberg.
The Strand substation upgrade will increase the load capacity of Strand, portions of Somerset West, Nomzamo, Lwandle and Broadlands.
The 40-year-old Retreat substation serves Meadowridge, Bergvliet, Diep River, Constantia, Heathfield, Retreat and Tokai. The work consists of the replacement of underground cables, two power transformers and switchgear. Through this project the City will provide additional power capacity for future development until 2025.
The Langeberg station improvement will replace ageing equipment and ensure additional capacity in the Cape Gate, Kleinbron, Vredekloof and Langeberg Ridge areas.
The Parow South upgrade, which feeds into the Parow industrial area and adjacent residential suburbs such as Ravensmead, will provide additional capacity for industrial growth.
“All these upgrades will reduce the risk of power failures. The City constantly monitors the state of all its electricity plants to determine their condition and the loads they can carry. An analysis of this data identifies the equipment that is ageing and reaching the end of its useful life.
“A further amount of R79.9 million will provide for new service connections and the associated infrastructure, whilst R58.1 million has set aside to address the augmentation of the overall system to cater for increased load and growth,” says Alderman Justus.
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