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Hendrina Power Station
Where is Hendrina: Approximately 40km south of Middelburg in Mpumalanga.
Hendrina History
Hendrina Power Station came into operation between June 1970 and December 1976. When it was built, it had the longest turbine hall of any Eskom power station. The last unit was commissioned in December 1976. Between 1995 and 1997, half of Hendrina’s10 units were refurbished and then boasted some of the most advanced system control technology in the world. The station’s 5-in-1 control room was the first in the southern hemisphere. The second half of the units was refurbished between 2000 and 2003.
Hendrina Power Station is one of Eskom’s oldest continuously running power stations. The power station is situated about 40 kilometres from Middelburg, Mpumalanga. It has approximately 1000 employees.
Hendrina has had many notable achievements since its inception. In 1999, it received a Gold Award from the National Productivity Institute. The station furthermore received an award in the form of a special mention during the International DuPont Annual Safety Awards ceremony held in Düsseldorf, Germany on 4 November 2009. DuPont Sustainable Solutions made the following comment regarding Hendrina’s achievement: “The overall quality of the projects that were sent in to apply for a total of 29 projects in 70 category entities was outstanding, which makes your achievement particularly significant.” The submission centred around the safety performance improvement at Hendrina over a three-year period, which was a five-fold improvement, decreasing from a lost-time injury rate (LTIR) of 0,51 (equates to five LTIs) in 2006/7, to an all-time low of 0,10 (equates to one LTI) in 2008/9. Hendrina’s total recordable injury rate (TRIR) also decreased from 2, 94 to 1, 64 over the same period.
Further milestones at Hendrina Power Station
· Hendrina was the first Eskom coal-fired power station to receive certification on all three of the following standards: ISO9001, ISO14001, and OHSAS 18001.
· The station’s 5-in-1 control room for units 6-10 was the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
· In 2010, the power station received a NOSA Safety System 5-star grading.
The Station was also awarded with a “Blue Drop” Gold award by the Ministry of Water Affairs and Forestry in 2012, for continuous excellence in the production of potable water. The power station supplies water of excellent quality to the Pullenshope residential area and Optimum coal mine.
Technical details:
· Ten 200MW units Installed
· capacity: 2 000MW
· 2001 capacity: 1 900MW
· Design efficiency at rated turbine MCR (%): 34.20%
· Ramp rate: 33.33% per hour
· Average availability over last 3 years: 88.78%
· Average production over last 3 years: 11 718GWh
Contact details:
Tel: (013) 296-3499