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Medupi’s Unit 5 slowly inching towards commercial operation: Eskom

Dec 21, 2016
Medupi’s Unit 5 slowly inching towards commercial operation: Eskom

Eskom on Tuesday said that the second unit of its new power station, Medupi Unit 5 was loaded to full load and 796MW was generated on Saturday.
"This is a significant achievement since its successful synchronisation on 08 September 2016 and indicates that Unit 5 is closer to commercial operation," the power utility said.
Full load demonstrates the plant ability to meet design output after commissioning of all major plant and the integration of this plant via the unit control system.  Full load is a major milestone in the process of commissioning and optimisation of the unit on route to commercial operation.
“We are pleased with this significant milestone and believe that power from this unit will go a long way in strengthening the power supply to the country. We commend the Project Team for their hard work and level of commitment in delivering the project and this achievement confirms our quest to ease the pressure on the national power grid,” Eskom’s Interim Chief Executive Matshela Koko said.
Medupi Unit 5 is being progressively commissioned and optimised to ensure that the power it delivers is stable, consistent and reliable. During this final optimisation and testing phase, the unit is not expected to stay on load for long periods of time and will deliver power intermittently.
Medupi is a green field coal-fired dry-cooled base load station comprising of six units rated at 4800MW installed capacity. Once completed, the power station will be the fourth largest coal-fired plant and the largest dry-cooled power station in the world.
Unit 5 will progressively be tested and fine-tuned further until the project is satisfied that the systems are fully operable and reliable for final handover. This is also to ensure that the unit is safe to operate, and will perform exactly as designed for the next 50 years.