In face of severe power shortages, in 2007 South Africa’s state-owned utility Eskom, awarded contracts for the largest dry-cooled power station in the world with a commitment of approx. 12 billion Euro. The 6 x 800 MW Medupi supercritical coal fired power plant is the biggest fossil power plant ever ordered by Eskom, and will be the first bituminous coal power plant that has been constructed in South Africa for over 25 years.
Located in the coal mining region of Lephalale in the Limpopo province of South Africa, the plant covers approx. 900ha and the power station will represent approx. 12% of South Africa’s generating capacity.
The boiler and turbine contracts for Medupi are the largest contracts that Eskom has ever signed in its 90-year history. The project’s 3 main contractors were awarded to:
- MPS-JV (Murray&Roberts-Concor-Grinacker): for approx. 800,000 m3 of concrete civil works with a contracts value of approx. 700 million Euro;
- Hitachi Power: approx. 4.7 billion Euro Engineering Procurement Construction contract for design, construct and commissioning of six utility steam generators (boilers) including approx. 120,000 tons of structural steel;
- GE Alstom: approx. 1,7 billion Euro Engineering Procurement Construction contract for the supply, installation and commissioning of six turbine islands and air cooled condensers.
With MPS-JV as well as GE Alstom, Ivan Janssen was responsible for the identification, analysis, preparation, evaluation, submission and negotiation of contractual commercial claims for delay, disruption, extension of time and acceleration.