Kusile Power Station Unit 4 has passed five months of “vigorous testing” and has been officially handed over to Eskom’s generation division, adding 800 megawatts (MW) of much needed capacity to the grid.
In a statement on Wednesday, the power utility said the unit – which was first connected to the grid in December last year for testing and to provide intermittent capacity – will help its efforts to stabilize the country’s electricity system.
“This milestone means that the construction of four of the six generating units is now complete in the Kusile power plant project,” said Eskom Group Director for Investment Projects, Bheki Nxumalo.
“The Kusile project team and Eskom are working tirelessly to complete the rest of the project without further delay, because the country needs every megawatt of electricity it can get,” he adds.
A decade late later
Construction of the Kusile Power Plant Project began in August 2008 and at the time was expected to be completed in 2014. However, after multiple delays and issues with the project design, completion plans fell behind schedule. over 10 years old.
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After spending over R140 billion on the project so far, the new completion date for the project is set for the financial year 2024/25. However, in order to meet this deadline, Eskom will first need to complete Units 5 and 6 of the project.
When completed, the Mpumalanga Power Station will become South Africa’s biggest construction project and the world’s fourth largest coal-fired power station as the world tries to shift to renewable energy.
“Upon completion, the station will consist of six units and will produce a maximum of 4,800 MW. Construction and commissioning activities of the remaining Kusile Units 5 and 6 continue to progress as planned,” Eskom said.
“Kusile is the first power plant in South Africa and Africa to use WFGD (wet flue gas desulphurization). WFGD is the state-of-the-art technology used to remove sulfur oxides (SOx), for example sulfur dioxide (SO2), in emissions from power plants that burn coal or oil.
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