Medupi Power Station project in Limpopo has been synchronised to the grid

By Drum Digital
15 September 2016

Cabinet has announcement that the second 800 megawatts (MW) unit at the Medupi Power Station project in Limpopo has been synchronised to the grid

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Unit 5 of the power station, which is one of six being built as part of the 4 800 MW project, will become commercially operational by March 2018.

This is the second of the power station’s six units to come on stream.

Minister Jeff Radebe made the announcement on Wednesday, following a cabinet meeting that took place the day before.

Radebe revealed that the first unit, Unit 6, began feeding power into the grid in March 2015 and has entered commercial operation.

The entire six-unit Medupi project is expected to be completed in 2020.

“This contributes to the stabilisation of the grid which strengthens reliable electricity supply for South Africa,” he said.

Radebe described Eskom’s successful synchronisation of the Medupi Power Station as a “milestone””

“It is part of broader build-programme acceleration, being driven by the new leadership. This contributes to operational and financial sustainability for Eskom.

This announcement comes three months after axed Eskom group CEO, Brian Molefe, announced that four Ingula hydro power station had been synchronised ahead of schedule and a total of  1 322 MW were added to the national grid.

The four Ingula units are now on track for commercial operation in 2017

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