Medupi power station a matter of urgency: DA

2012-03-24 16:59

Johannesburg - A reliable electricity supply from the new Medupi coal-fired plant is an essential precondition for economic growth and job creation, the Democratic Alliance said on Saturday.

"It is a matter of urgency that the Medupi power station comes on line as soon as possible and certainly not later than the time frame indicated by Minister Gigaba," DA MP Natasha Michael said in a statement.

She was responding to the Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba who said Eskom's Medupi plant will begin feeding electricity into the national grid from the second half of next year.

The power station is situated near Lephalale in Limpopo.

Delays in the start-up of the station's first 800MW unit - construction of the dry-cooled station started in mid-2007 - could be attributed to geotechnical, labour, and design and construction issues, Gigaba said in a written reply to a parliamentary question on Friday.

"The labour delays were a result of a number of strikes during 2010 and 2011 by employees of the contractors, which subsequently resulted in delays caused by labour disputes.

"The design delays were as a result of certain critical civil designs, which were not concluded timeously for construction. The construction delays experienced in the boiler area were attributable to structural steelwork design, manufacturing, logistics and construction."

Michael added that they will be asking parliamentary questions to determine how the department of public enterprises intends to monitor the Medupi power plant's progress.

"We will also be asking what risk management policies have been put into place to ensure that the project remains on schedule."

  • JungleJim - 2012-03-24 17:21

    All politic partys must not come now to confus nation with mumbo jimbo. Let us all just support rulling party and nation build. keep the politic out of politicing

  • Judith - 2012-03-24 18:05

    Medupi is destroying us and should never have been built. We require truly sustainable power not dirty power which is expensive

      Kolobe - 2012-03-24 18:31

      talking nonsense, how is medupi "destroying us,dirty power"?

      Yar - 2012-03-24 19:46

      It's either Medupi, or say good bye to your electric hair dryer.

  • Kolobe - 2012-03-24 18:34

    cant wait for medupi to start-up..would be one of the biggest leaps since democracy

      JungleJim - 2012-03-24 19:05

      yes kolob comraid, leap ahead with youth league and nationalize

  • Quentin - 2012-03-24 18:35

    We built the stadiums on schedule so the same principals should apply to the power station - for the good of the country, and not to give the ruling regime a bloody nose.

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2012-03-24 22:49

    Dirty power refers to power that is generated while polluting the planet. Already the world is making strides into cleaner and more efficient fuels and we south africa have taken a step backwards. Seems to be a growing trend in our country.... Btw there are many more efficient and self reliant ways to generate electricity than just relying on eskom but with the way we are being arsefunked with the cost of electricity we can tell why we are being kept in the dark.

  • brainbowgold - 2012-03-24 23:08

    There are a bunch of incompetent consultants involved. Expect more delays...

  • djhattingh - 2012-03-24 23:15

    "could be attributed to geotechnical, labour, and design and construction issues" - is there any other possible delays?

  • Adam - 2012-05-01 13:20

    I'm just wondering if anyone has heard of the Turbo Element, I think that's what they call it. They claim to save 40% of each geysers electricity usage, without affecting your geyser use. Does anyone know if this really works?

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