Unit at Kusile works again a year later


Eskom says it is delighted to announce that the first of three units at the Kusile power station, which had been out of action since October last year, was brought back into service on Saturday.

RNews earlier reported that the section of the power station that collapsed is similar to a chimney and that it occurred on 23 October 2022 while the unit was closed for repairs.

Almost a year later, the unit was finally taken back into service.

“Unit 3 of the Kusile Power Station was brought back into service two months ahead of schedule and will increase the available generation capacity by 800 MW once it is operating at full capacity.

This is an important milestone in Eskom’s efforts to reduce and eventually end load shedding,” says Daphne Mokwena, spokesperson for Eskom.

The switch-on was made after the decision on the Kusile atmospheric emission license (AEL) appeal was made by the Minister of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) as well as the Nkangala District Municipality.