Coal, New Projects

Eskom powers up Unit 1 at coal-fired Medupi station in South Africa

South African power utility Eskom announced that the last of its six new units at Medupi is generating coal-fired power and synched to the grid.

The Unit 1 at Medupi produced its first power at 190 MW this week. It is in the testing and optimization phase, which means that Unit 1 will deliver power intermittently for the time being and help bolster the grid.

The first synchronization is a key milestone as the generation unit heads into commercial operation. The plan is to achieve commercial operation by November 2020.

“Delivering Unit 1 ahead of time is an indication that Team Medupi and its contractors are committed to deliver the project to the nation,” Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer said in a statement. “This achievement signifies that Medupi is nearing its completion and is on track to reach commercialization by the end of 2020.”

Unit 1 at Medupi will eventually ramp up to full power of 800 MW.

Medupi is a dry-cooled coal-fired power station which originally achieved generation output from Unit 6 in 2015. Overall, the six units will generate up to 4,800 MW, according to reports.

The project is estimated to cost close to 200 billion South African rands, or close to $13 billion U.S.[Native Advertisement]

(Rod Walton is content director for Power Engineering and POWERGEN International. He can be reached at 918-831-9177 and [email protected]).

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