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Eskom signs software deals worth US$7 million

South African power company Eskom has signed two software licence agreements with software firm Ventyx

The deal, which is worth US$7mn, will seek to improve its real-time network monitoring and control of operations.

“Eskom will undertake the largest implementation of Ventyx’s supervisory control and data acquisition and distribution management system in Africa,” said a Ventyx source in a statement recently.

This will allow greater control of Eskom’s operations, as the distribution management system provides access to critical system data to a number of users.

Eskom will be able to use the system to reduce the impact of outages by locating and isolating faults faster, as well as reduce demand and system losses without affecting customer load.

The deployment of Ventyx’s equipment reliability solution in Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station near Cape Town will also assist the utility.

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

According to the company, Eskom is one of the top seven utilities in the world in generation capacity and in the top nine for sales volumes.

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

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