XONXA DAM PIPELINE: THE WAIT CONTINUES
New hopes for some action in early 2019
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