Eskom confesses: Utility takes responsibility for poor work at power stations

Eskom confesses: Utility takes responsibility for poor work at power stations

Eskom has taken responsibility for substandard work at its Kusile and Medupi power stations, saying that it will look at the poor project management skills that resulted in corners being cut by contractors

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Eskom has acknowledged responsibility for not acting decisively against contractors who they are blaming for substandard work at the Kusile and Medupi power stations.

The power utility has said that numerous international companies had been contracted to carry out fundamental work on the two power stations but had failed to produce quality workmanship.

Eskom has said that some of the companies have received penalties for failing to deliver and some contracts have even been terminated.

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Despite this, the two stations remain incomplete despite the initial 2015 completion date.

Khulu Phasiwe, the spokesperson for Eskom, has revealed that the utility did not pick up the issues early enough.

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“Eskom’s project management skills clearly also need to be relooked at because some of the people who were tasked with overseeing this project did not necessarily have that first-hand experience of building the power station, which is why there were loopholes here and there.”

Despite the corners cut by contractors costing absorbent amounts of money to rectify and the resulting contribution to load shedding Eskom has said legal action will be their last resort.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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