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Eskom switches on to new software solutions in $7 million deal – Money Matters

August 15, 2012 No Comments »

Power utility Eskom has signed a $7 million deal with Ventyx for two significant software license agreements to improve its real-time network monitoring and control of operations.

Ventyx is an ABB company and a world-leading supplier of Industrial Enterprise software for essential industries such as energy, mining and public infrastructure.

Eskom is among the top seven utilities in the world in terms of generation capacity and provides about 95 percent of the electricity used in South Africa and about 45 percent used across all Africa.

Under the new agreements Eskom will undertake the largest implementation in Africa of Ventyx’s supervisory control and data acquisition/distribution management system (SCADA/DMS) for real-time monitoring and control of electric power operations.

In addition, Eskom will deploy the Ventyx Equipment Reliability solution in its Koeberg nuclear power station, the only nuclear power plant in Africa.

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Ventyx Equipment Reliability is designed to help improve processes, equipment reliability and performance within power generation, transmission and distribution operations.

Johan Engelbrecht, Ventyx sales director Africa, said: “The new contracts represent a significant expansion of Ventyx’s footprint within Eskom and further cements our leadership in Africa’s fast expanding electrical utility market.”

 “With an increasingly urban population, demand for electricity in Africa is rising fast, increasing pressure on utilities to maximize the availability and efficiency of their networks.

“Ventyx network management and equipment reliability solutions help utilities reduce operating and maintenance costs while improving reliability of service.”

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