Eskom announces Unit 2 of Medupi is operational


Eskom has brought unit two of its Medupi Power Station online to produce power from this past Sunday morning, the national power utility announced in a statement on Tuesday.

The second unit was loaded to 400MW of power. It is the fifth of six units at Medupi to be synchronised to the national power grid.

Once completed, Medupi power station is expected to consist of six units, with an installed capacity of 4 764MW.

The first unit of the coal power station, near Lephalale Limpopo, went online and into operation in August of 2015.

The announcement marks progress for the power station, the fourth largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

In a statement, Eskom’s Group Executive for Group Capital Abram Masango said unit two’s first synchronisation was eight months ahead of the June 2019 schedule and marked a "key milestone towards full commercial operation of the unit".

"Lessons learnt on previous units were implemented on unit two, leading to the swiftness in delivering first power. This is an amazing achievement, taking us closer to completing the entire Medupi project, as we will be left with one unit," said Masango.

Medupi’s acting project director, Zandi Shange, said the delivery of unit two affirmed the organisation and the country’s ability to deliver a world-class power station.

"This would not have been achieved without the dedication of the team. As we approach the last stretch of the project, we will apply the same vigour as we work towards the unit’s commercial operation, as well as synchronising the remaining unit," said Shange. 

According to the statement, Eskom will test and optimise of the unit so that it can generate full power of 794MW of electricity, which will then feed into the national grid for the country’s power consumption.

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