As a responsible South African organisation, Eskom enforces stringent safety measures at its power stations. This practice ensures that only those suppliers that maintain equipment and services complying with gazetted occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations are acceptable.
“Along with a select few companies, Rand-Air has been an on-site supplier at Eskom’s Kusile Power Station since the project’s inception in 2009,” says Louwrens Erasmus, General Manager of Rand-Air. “As part of the Atlas Copco Group, Rand-Air has adopted an ongoing policy of compliance with the highest local and international OHS rules and regulations. This protects not only our own employees, but likewise our client’s employees and the environment in which we work.”
The Kusile project’s main civil contractor is the Kusile Civil Works Joint Venture, consisting of Stefanutti Stocks, WBHO, Group 5 and Basil Read. “Each of the individual companies in the Joint Venture has in the past hired equipment from Rand-Air. Our decision to select a variety of compressors from the Rand-Air fleet, including 12 Atlas Copco D400 units, was motivated by Rand-Air’s safety record, their reputation of excellent service delivery and their competitive pricing,” explains Theo Kuhl, Section Manager for the Kusile Civil Works Joint Venture.
The scope of work for the Kusile Civil Works Joint Venture entails all the civil works in terms of the earthworks and concrete works for the power station’s six units as well as the purification works and other ancillary works. “We are using the Rand-Air compressors for the construction activities, including concrete preparation, cleaning activities and driving the pneumatic equipment,” says Theo.
“Rand-Air provides us with extremely reliable and productive equipment which is backed by service levels that currently rate the highest on our supplier list. As the minimum, we receive a weekly site visit from Rand-Air employees and their response time when we require further assistance is fast and efficient,” adds Theo.|
“All projects of this nature centre on providing the customer with a plant that is built according to specifications, in the allocated time period and within the predetermined budget. By surrounding ourselves with suppliers who uphold a customer-centric business philosophy, we are better able to achieve these goals. The Rand-Air equipment plays a major contributing role in the overall success of the Kusile civil works project,” Theo concludes.