Zuma re-opens Camden power station

2010-10-23 15:27

The re-opening of the Camden power station in Ermelo, Mpumalanga would generate a 1 440 megawatt capacity and increase electricity supply, President Jacob Zuma said today.

“This will help us extend the generation capacity while progressing with the build programme,” the president said.

“South Africa is faced with a situation in which the demand for electricity continues to grow within a supply-constrained environment.”

Government is focusing on the rehabilitation and improvement of old power stations to ensure a stable supply of electricity to the country in the long-term.

The country’s mass electrification programme, which started in the 1990s, and the ongoing rapid industrialisation had placed enormous strain on energy sources, said Zuma.

While there was sufficient generation capacity to meet the demand and reserve requirements for this year, the country needed to work harder to improve its systems for next year and beyond.

“The electricity demand is expected to double over the next 20 years.

Reliable energy supply is also a critical factor in attracting foreign investment,” he said.

The government set aside R800?billion to improve the country’s infrastructure, and a World Bank loan of $3.75 ?billion (about R26 billion) to the country in May helped speed up the implementation of the build programme.

Eskom’s build programme comprises the construction and commissioning of three power stations – Medupi, Kusile and Ingula.

Situated in Lephalale, Limpopo, the Medupi power station was expected to generate 4?800 megawatts on its completion.

The first unit will be operational by September 2012.

The Ingula power station, based in northern KwaZulu-Natal, would generate 1 330 megawatts and was expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

Kusile would generate 4 ?800 megawatts.

The restoration programme to improve old power stations would also continue, said Zuma.

The Arnot power station in Mpumalanga was the first to be returned to service. And work on the Grootvlei and Komati power stations was continuing and would open next year.

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