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           To achieve this, 80 highly qualified
                                              About Eya Bantu
        and skilled specialists were engaged.
        The project would have been           This privately owned South African engineering services company was established in 1999
        challenging on its own, but it was made  and offers a comprehensive range of consulting and specialised services to the energy sector.
        even more so by Covid-19-related        The company’s wide­ranging experience comes from its more than 552 completed projects
        social distancing, and torrential rain  in various African countries, including Botswana, Eritrea, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique,
        which resulted in serious flooding.   Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and of course South Africa.
           According to Burger, who spent seven  These projects have resulted in an additional 1000 MW of power from clean, renewable
        months onsite managing the project, the  sources, being made available for the benefit of the people who live in this region.
        flooding was so severe at times that even  A team of highly qualified professionals manage the company and take responsibility for
        four-wheel drive vehicles were unable to  the various projects the organisation is working on.
        traverse the terrain.                   To ensure that every project it completes will meet its clients’ expectations, the
           Uganda has one of the lowest per   company uses products from highly respected international manufacturers including ABB,
        capita electricity consumption rates  Actom, CT Lab, Eaton, Schneider Electric, and many others.
        (150 kWh/year) in the world (vs. South  The company’s projects include infrastructure upgrades, the restoration of power, the
        Korea with 8502, Ghana 253, and USA   manufacture and installation of electrical control switchboards for municipalities, and the
        13 000 kWh/year). To address this     electrification of communities, among others.
        deficit, the Ugandan government has     The company’s reputation for high­quality work has been recognised by Eskom and led
        targeted the year 2022 to achieve     to the national power utility appointing Eya Bantu to manage the strengthening of the
        electricity access to people living in  Willowvale area HV substation a few years ago.
        rural areas. This is expected to involve
        about 1,3-million grid consumers and  the third and final phase of the ERT programme.
        140 000 solar PV connections.          The government’s aim is to increase access to, and consumption of, electricity in rural
           The ERT III programme addresses the  areas of Uganda. This in turn is expected to facilitate an improvement in the productivity of
        issue of low access to electricity in rural  enterprises and the quality of life of the population in those areas.  n
        areas by making connection accessible
        and affordable. The latest ERT III project is  Contact Naas Burger, Eya Bantu, Tel 043 726-2726,


        EPC energises Greefspan II PV plant

             RS has successfully energised the
             Greefspan II PV plant. Greefspan II
        Gwas built for African Infrastructure
        Investment Managers (AIIM), in a joint
        venture with Spanish partners TSK and
        South African Umbono Energy Partners. The
        Spanish EPC contractor reached the
        preliminary and final step for the
        commissioning of the solar PV plant and is
        now ready to begin grid connection tests.
           Dylan Tudor­Jones, GRS’s country
        manager says the energisation and
        registration of the Greefspan II PV project
        was a milestone achievement after months
        of hard work by the entire team.
           Jones conveyed his pride for having built
        “a solar PV installation which will contribute
        to the industrialization of the Northern  energy per year. Such figures guarantee clean energy supply for up to 20 000 South African
        Cape, create employment and advance    households, while avoiding the annual emission of 130 000 t of CO2 into the atmosphere.
        renewables in a country which urgently  The construction of the plant created nearly 730 local jobs.
        needs new generation capacity to avert    This is the fourth contract the Spanish EPC contractor, in partnership with Umbono
        further load shedding.”                Energy Partners, has been awarded in South Africa, after Lesedi and Letsatsi EPC
           Located in the Northern Cape        arrangements and the O&M contract with Jasper Power Company for the Jasper Power
        province, Greefspan II has a generation  Project. In total, GRS has already been awarded more than 287 MW.  n
        capacity of 63,2 MW and can produce
        approximately 150 000 MWh of clean     Contact GRS South Africa, Tel 010 492-0558,

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