HUNTSVILLE, Ala., January 31, 2007 -- Intergraph Corporation today announced Eskom Holdings Ltd. has selected SmartPlant® Enterprise as the core software suite to support its development of new power plant facilities. Working with Intergraph Systems South Africa, Eskom is implementing SmartPlant, including SmartPlant 3D, to facilitate the building of new electricity capacity to meet the increasing demands on South Africa’s national power grid.
With more than 3.3 million customers, Eskom generates, transmits, and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural, redistributors, and residential customers; it also manages the purchase and sale of electricity to and from the Southern African Development Community Countries. SmartPlant Enterprise will provide Eskom with a comprehensive, customized offering, including tools for plant engineering, electrical, piping and instrumentation diagramming. SmartPlant will enable Eskom to respond quickly to demand, efficiently supplying power to its growing consumer base.
“Intergraph’s SmartPlant solution, particularly SmartPlant 3D, will allow us to increase our productivity through greater efficiencies among our internal and external engineering teams,” commented Clive le Roux, General Manager Engineering, Eskom Enterprises Division. “As our engineering organization is more nimble, we may rapidly move to build South Africa’s powerbase for suitable growth and development.”
“SmartPlant Enterprise drives increased value from IT in order to improve project execution, handover, and plant operational efficiency. Eskom will benefit from access to high quality and consistent engineering data,” stated Gerhard Sallinger, president of Intergraph Process, Power & Marine. “Eskom is one of the first African utilities to adopt Intergraph’s world-class capabilities and solutions, and it is counted among the leading global organizations that have adopted our technology. We are pleased SmartPlant was selected as the standard solution facilitating the building of new capacity for Eskom.”
Intergraph Corporation is the leading global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software. Security organizations, businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on the company’s spatial technology and services to make better and faster operational decisions. Intergraph’s customers organize vast amounts of complex data into understandable visual representations, creating intelligent maps, managing assets, building and operating better plants and ships and protecting critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
Eskom Holdings Ltd. is a vertically integrated electricity utility of South Africa, that generates, transmits and distributes electricity. Eskom is among the top 10 power companies by sales and 11th by generating capacity. Eskom has embarked on a massive five year rolling capacity expansion programme to meet an increase in demand and to confront the challenges of an ageing transmission and generation system. For more information on Eskom, visit www.eskom.co.za
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