South Africa’s State-owned national power utility Eskom says its capacity expansion programme is still on track, noting that one of the highlights when it released its integrated results for the six months ended Sept 30 last week is the significant progress on the new build programme with the Ingula project’s units 4, 2, and 1 having gone into commercial operation since June 10, Aug 22 and August 30 respectively, adding 999 megawatts (MW) of peaking capacity to the country’s national grid.

Eskom said in a media statement here over the weekend that the remaining unit at Ingula, Unit 3, was synchronised to the grid on Oct 29 after repairs were completed and the unit was on track for commercial operation by 2017.

It also noted that Unit 6 of the new Medupi Power Station in Limpopo Province had been in commercial operation since August 2015 while Unit 5 of Medupi was synchronised to the national grid on Sept 8 this year.

The synchronisation of Medupi’s Unit 5 marked a key milestone towards the full commercial operation of the unit ahead of its scheduled commercial operation in March 2018. Eskom said good progress was also being made on Unit 4 of the Medupi project.

Meanwhile, progress on the new Kusile Power Station in Mpumalanga Province was also registering significant strides with its Unit 1 continuing to achieve set milestones on the path to commercial operation by the second half of 2018.

“On the transmission side, 53 kilometres of lines have been installed and 1,050 MVA transformers have been commissioned for electricity transmission. We remain focused on bringing new capacity online, with 9,104 MW to be commissioned over the next six years,” added Eskom.


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