South Africa’s power utility adds more electricity to power grid


South Africa’s power supply received a boost when the power utility Eskom added 800 MW to the grid following the unit 4 of the Kusile Power Station project handed over to the generation division, said Eskom on Wednesday.

The unit was connected to the national grid for the first time on Dec. 23 last year. In the last five months, there have been vigorous testing and optimization on unit 4.

“This milestone means the construction of four out of the six generation units has now been completed at the Kusile Power Station project. The Kusile project team and Eskom are working tirelessly to complete the rest of the project without any further delays as the country needs every megawatt of power it can get,” said Bheki Nxumalo, Eskom group executive for capital projects.

Nxumalo said upon completion, the Kusile Power Station project’s six units will produce a maximum of 4,800 MW. The construction and commissioning on the remaining units 5 and 6 are progressing according to plan.

Kusile is South Africa’s largest construction project and will be the world’s fourth-largest coal plant upon completion. Eskom said they are following the international practice of fitting wet flue gas desulphurization (WFGD) to the Kusile plant as an atmospheric emission abatement technology to make the station environmentally friendly.

Kusile is the first power station in South Africa and Africa to use WFGD technology to remove oxides of sulphur (SOx) in the emissions of power plants that burn coal or oil. Enditem

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