Firm foundations for 400kV Eskom transmission line in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

installing micropiles at landau 400kv eskom transmission line, mpumalanga, sa

The project

The project involved the foundation piling for 58 no. towers, carried out over changing terrain. The relocation of 400kV Eskom transmission lines affected by sink holes at Landau Colliery mine. There are two sections in the lines, first section of the transmission line is 18.3km from Duvha to Apollo and the second one is 3.3km from Kusile to Vulcan.

The challenge

The two lines required 58 no. foundations with various loads. Along the lines there are 2 no. 518DR towers, 16 no. 518C towers, 11 no. 518D towers and 29 no. 518H towers. 518D structures are used on railways and national roads crossing and 518DR structure are used where they will tie in the old line and the new line, the 518C is used where there is a long span, and areas with a lot of trees that they cannot be cut down (wetlands) and 518H structure are intermediate structures. Working in wetlands was a major challenge because of the environmental restrictions. 

The solution

The works entailed the total installation of  661 no. micropiles comprising of 13 no. test piles, 264 no. R38N piles and 384 no. R51N piles.  The depth varied depending on loads and soil type nomination, ranging from 3m to 18m.  Versatile plant was used for the required setups over a distance of 20kms.

Project facts



Keller business unit(s)

Keller South Africa

Main contractor(s)

Melees Electrical Lines (Pty) Ltd.