Duisburg/Johannesburg 13 November 2007 Hitachi Power Europe GmbH (HPE) and its subsidiary Hitachi Power Africa (Pty) Ltd have received an order valued at some EUR 2 billion (ZAR20 billion) from ESKOM, the South African Electricity Utility. HPE is to supply six coalfired utility steam generators for the ESKOM Medupi Power Station. The scope of supply includes the design, installation and startup of the utility steam generators. The generators each with a capacity of about 800 MW will be going on line one after the other within 3 years from 2011. When commissioned the steam generators will be the most modern in South Africa. Compared to the efficiency of Eskom's existing power plant fleet, the efficiency of the new units will be considerable higher.