Sunday, 18 June 2023: Eskom has issued a tender seeking a service provider to drive the Komati Power Station socio-economic development plan, to assist with the transitioning from fossil to renewable energy. Part of the plan includes management and implementation of mitigation measures for the socio-economic impacts resulting from the shutdown of the fossil-fired generating units at Eskom’s Komati Power Station. The last of the fossil-fired units at Komati reached its end of operational life in October 2022 and was shut down.
The repowering and repurposing of the power station will be funded through a concessional loan facility from the World Bank. The loan facility broadly covers the decommissioning, repurposing and repowering of the station and critical elements of the Just Energy Transition to provide a second life to the power station. This includes the establishment of an Agrivoltaics test facility, a containerised microgrid assembly and manufacturing facility, a training centre for employee and community members, and importantly a community upliftment programme that this tender seeks to address.
The project is for a duration of approximately 60 months. Interested service providers are urged to review the request for expression of interest (EOI) document on the Eskom Tender Bulletin and respond accordingly.
To access the Eskom Tender Bulletin, use the following link: