Eskom has announced that Unit 1, the last of six generation units at Medupi has attained commercial operation status.
“This milestone marks the completion of all building activities on the 4,764MW project,” Eskom said.
The project – a dry-cooled coal-fired power station near Lephalale in Limpopo province- began in 2007, and has faced numerous delays, while running over budget four times over the original cost.
The first of the project’s units attained commercial operation status in August 2015.
Eskom Medupi’s last unit achieves commercial operation, marking completion of the project@SABCNews@eNCA @ewnupdates @Newzroom405 @News24 @TimesLIVE @mailandguardian @Fin24 @Moneyweb @EngNewsZA pic.twitter.com/110kAxT1CK
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) August 2, 2021
“This is an investment that will serve generations of the people of South Africa and power the economy for at least the next half-century,” said Bheki Nxumalo, group executive for Eskom’s group capital division.
“What remains for the Medupi project is the last part of implementing the agreed technical solutions related to the boiler design defects on the balance of plant. Once these repairs are completed during the next 24 months, Medupi will reliably deliver power to the national grid at full capacity, helping increase energy security for the country,” said Bheki Nxumalo.