Eskom, EPRI plan technology exchange

South Africa`s Eskom and the US-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have signed a three-year agreement for the two-way exchange of technology and staff development. Eskom is working to reduce the cost of electricity and protect the environment while electrifying 1.75 million homes by 2000. Only about 40 percent of the housing in the country currently receives electricity.

In addition to characterizing emissions in South Africa, EPRI will help Eskom investigate monitoring and control technologies for its power plants. Eskom is also interested in fossil plant maintenance cost reduction, performance optimization, fuels assessment and fuel quality impact on generation. In delivery, Eskom is interested in overhead transmission, substations, distribution, grid operation and planning. EPRI technologies are expected to help Eskom expand strategically while reaching goals of low cost and reliable power. Eskom supplies more than half the electricity consumed on the African continent and is a self-financing utility.