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VENTURES: Multi-Million Rand Lighting Project at New Eskom Power Plant


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Lighting Structures, a business unit within Jasco Carrier Infrastructure and a jointly owned venture between Jasco and the LeBLANC group, has secured a deal to the value of more than R12 million to design, manufacture, supply and install of a range of Hi Masts along with civil works and electrics at Eskom's ground-breaking Medupi Power Station in Lephelale in the Limpopo province.

"Medupi" represents the first power station to be built in the country in more than two decades, and as such required a significant amount of peripheral infrastructure, including specialised area and street lighting to ensure security and safe operations. Lighting Structures specialises in the engineering and design, fabrication, logistics and installation of Hi masts (including Rail-low masts, Mid-hinge masts, Hydro and Access masts) and street lighting poles amongst others.

The Importance of SHEQ With Lighting Structures

"We were awarded the tender for a number of reasons: our engineering and design capability, our ability to deliver and manufacture a quality product at short notice from our recently upgraded plant in Nigel, as well as our high level focus on SHEQ (Safety, Health, Environment, Quality). SHEQ is critical to any project of this magnitude, and our strength in understanding and incorporating client SHEQ requirements and our ability to work within these parameters is a significant differentiating factor for us. Thus we are able to deliver to our client a true end-to-end high quality lighting solution at a competitive price setting us apart from the competition," says Francois van Zyl, Divisional MD of Jasco Carrier Infrastructure.

Lighting Structures Provides and Erects All Structures

Lighting Structures was responsible for the design, supply, erection and commissioning of 98 x 30m Rail-low masts, 14 x 40m lattice towers and 16 x 18m Mid-hinge masts, including luminares for all structures. This included the fabrication of the masts and towers to suit the terrain, delivery to site of all masts and towers, supply and installation of electrical distribution boards and splitter boxes in the masts and towers, earthing, civil works, as well as mast assembly and erection on site.

"The unknown terrain required us to work in a very hands-on fashion with the various contractors when it came to all site related work. Our in-house engineering capabilities were put to good use on this project, as we were able to provide on-site assistance and able to adapt the foundations and structures to suit the varying soil conditions at the Medupi site," van Zyl adds.

The sheer scope of the project provided a challenge in and of itself. Apart from having to set up a project office and base camp for site personnel, Lighting Structures was also required to work around the various EPC and EPCM contractors on site and were given very specific time constraints around the installation of the Hi Masts. The project is due for completion in April 2012

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