AFL has secured a major contract with Eskom of South Africa to supply a complete end-to-end communications systems, together with installation of the system, supervision, and the final testing and commissioning.
As a key manufacturer of optical ground wire (OPGW), AFL will supply OPGW and associated accessories by sourcing the complete system from one supplier. AFL also will be responsible for the installation of OPGW on greenfield sites as well as retrofitting existing overhead lines with the OPGW system.
The contract covers both the transmission and distribution part of the Eskom business, and therefore, projects will be taking place across South Africa. During the execution of the individually awarded projects, AFL will work with the local South African workforce, and as a result of this, AFL will be passing on its wide ranging skills to the employees of local installation companies.
Eskom estimates that over the contract's five-year duration, up to 11,000 km (6,835 miles) of OPGW may be required to accommodate the new routes planned.