GE wins power contract

AMERICAN multinational General Electric (GE) has secured a R500million Eskom contract, it said yesterday.

GE South Africa, a wholly owned subsidiary of the world's largest company The General Electric Company, said it would be the switchgear supplier for the R125billion Medupi power station.

Medupi, part of Eskom's R385million new build programme, is being built in Lephalale, Limpopo.

Ross Boyd, general manager of GE Industrial Solutions SA, said the project would rely on local components rather than expensive imports.

"The switchgear will be built at GE's facility in Midrand, which reflects GE's commitment to the policy of investing in local manufacturing capacity and resources," Boyd said.

"The construction of the modular low-voltage electrical distribution system is being undertaken by dedicated teams provided through broad-based black economic empowerment partners."