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INTEGRATED RESULTS PRESENTATION
KING III APPLICATION
 
   



Technology

Mandate

Technology is mandated to assure the integrity of Eskom plant and contributes to the effective and safe operation of operating units by standardising and optimising asset maintenance, through robust outage management, asset management and design-base management through engineering expertise.

Operating highlights

The improved safety performance can be attributed to successful safety forums, safety pledges by management, staff and partners, implementation of key safety deliverables and sustained commitment by safety officers and partners on sites
Outage management executed a high number of outages. Various initiatives have been implemented to influence and improve outage performance, including:

- Gold Standard – identified and codified best practices have been disseminated across the fleet to change the way Eskom conducts its work. To date over 100 people across sites have been trained
- An outage performance improvement centre has successfully developed and run a number of elements such as daily calls, partner reviews, safety forums, daily deep-dive sessions and site support visits, amongst others. An increased onsite presence has resulted in better transparency and issue resolution
- Site visit teams provided targeted assistance at high risk stations, which included fire fighting and addressing strategic and systemic issues like contractor productivity, spares availability and interface issues
Project Engineering has operationalised the registration of engineering work from the business partners (Group Capital and Generation) through a structured order book management process and an operational database

Operating challenges

Constraints in electricity capacity have compelled execution of high-risk outages over shorter planned durations, thus increasing the likelihood of slips
Significant emergent scope: turbine plant maintenance is extremely prone to scope extensions due to the difficulty of accurately determining the exact scope upfront while the system is still sealed
Poor plant performance and reliability, as a significant number of power stations are operating beyond their design lives

Future focus areas

Safety practices
Improving quality controls around outage management
Monitoring the resolution of contractor defects reported at Medupi and Kusile power stations
Partnering between Project Engineering and Generation to address the unplanned outages that occur after return from planned outages