XONXA DAM PIPE­LINE: THE WAIT CON­TIN­UES

New hopes for some ac­tion in early 2019

The Rep - - FRONT PAGE - ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

There seems to be lit­tle clar­ity on whether the Xonxa Dam pipe­line to Ko­mani will be­come op­er­a­tional this year or in 2019 as the lat­est dead­line of Novem­ber 30 came and went with­out ac­tion. This after sev­eral pre­vi­ous dates for the open­ing had also been missed.

Bor­der-Kei Cham­ber of Busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tor Adre Bar­tis said the cham­ber was in­vited to visit the Xonxa Dam site re­cently to view the progress.

Two weeks later, a fol­low-up meet­ing was held, and it was found that Eskom had in­stalled the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture and that the power was on.

How­ever the com­pany still needed to en­er­gise and test the pipe­line.

“There were sup­posed to be hot com­mis­sions and cold com­mis­sions from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s side and en­er­gis­ing from Eskom.”

Bar­tis said hot com­mis­sions meant the test­ing of the pump sta­tion to make sure that ev­ery­thing was op­er­a­tional and cold com­mis­sions was when wa­ter was pushed through the pipes to check for leaks.

“We then con­tacted Eskom and went on site to en­sure the con­nec­tions were done, which they were. They have not started with the cold com­mis­sion and we are also aware that con­trac­tors and builders will close from Fri­day next week un­til Jan­uary 14.”

If the cold com­mis­sion stage did not hap­pen by then, she said, the test­ing would have to wait un­til 2019.

Bar­tis added that BKCOB had no knowl­edge of whether Eskom had signed off their test­ing yet.

“If that is not done by next Fri­day they will have to sort out it out next year. Usu­ally the cold com­mis­sion­ing takes five days un­less there is a pipe burst which could de­lay the process. If Ko­mani is lucky we are look­ing at the end of Jan­uary, but peo­ple should pre­pare them­selves for mid-Fe­bru­ary.

The Chris Hani Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity had not re­sponded at the time of go­ing to press.

AL­MOST DONE: The Xonxa Dam pipe­line was vis­ited by a del­e­ga­tion of stake­hold­ers re­cently

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