Medupi fires up first gas burner
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Medupi fires up first gas burner

2014-10-09 14:19

Johannesburg - The Medupi power station's unit six fired up its first gas burner this week, Eskom said on Thursday.

"The firing-up of the gas burner supports the ignition of oil combustion for the first oil fire," the parastatal said in a statement.

"This activity follows on from the filling of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank with liquefied petroleum gas and the safety clearance of the distribution piping from the LPG tank to the LPG burner skids."

The burner was fired up on Monday.

Parliament's public enterprises and energy portfolio committees visited the site on Monday to assess progress made since the last visit.

"Positive feedback was received from the committees and this demonstrated appreciation for the progress achieved at Medupi given the magnitude of the project," Eskom said.

The Medupi coal-fired power station, the first power station to be built by Eskom in 20 years, is being constructed near Lephalale in Limpopo.

Unit six of the new power station, which has faced numerous construction delays, is expected to be synchronised at midday on December 24.

Synchronisation, or first power, involves the generator being electrically connected to the power grid, so that its power is aligned with all the other generators to generate and deliver electricity into the grid.

It would take several months for the unit to reach full and stable power.

Comments
  • Zweli Ntuli - 2014-10-09 14:29

    well done

      robespear - 2014-10-09 14:46

      Too little too late.

      Jimbob - 2014-10-09 15:07

      Easy to achieve when one has rock bottom standards.

      Ian Flack - 2014-10-09 15:58

      Do thy know what they are talking about...? "The firing-up of the gas burner supports the ignition of oil combustion for the first oil fire," the parastatal said in a statement. "The Medupi coal-fired power station, the first power station to be built by Eskom in 20 years" Now there's a contradiction if there is one....... anyone have a answer?

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-09 16:51

      Years late.Because of faulty welding to the boilers by Hitachi Power Africa[ZANC owned],that had a R38 Billion tender for the boilers.

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2014-10-09 14:49

    Thank you, mister taxpayer. And with that, here is another electricity price increase ("not" for lavish bonuses, unecessary renovations to office blocks or pocketing).

  • Ali Riza Cesur - 2014-10-09 14:59

    0zmir

  • Sisie Indola - 2014-10-09 15:16

    So what do they want an applause?

  • Riyaad Hendricks - 2014-10-09 15:35

    LMAO.It's going to take seven months to reach full power?

  • Joe Irwin - 2014-10-09 15:35

    Burner 2 by 2019?

  • George Slade - 2014-10-09 16:00

    They must have been having a Braai !!!

  • Riaan Robbeson - 2014-10-09 16:37

    Ian, the process is actually really complicated. In simple terms, you cannot fire the boilers directly with coal. It has to be brought up to a consistent temperatue with the burning of oil and only when this critical temperature is reached, can the burning of coal commence. Since this coal is put through a pulveriser beforehand, it is as fine as babypowder and burns at a very high temperature. It basicallyexplodes, more than burn. It would appear as if very little of the comments are based on actual facts of what is happening at Medupi. At Medupi they do have an quarterly public meeting that anyone can attend. I would strong recommend this as the quality , assurance and dedication on this project is actually amazing. Yes, certain elements have caused undue delays, but it should beviewed as isolated events outside of the project itself

      Paul West - 2014-10-17 12:20

      Thank you for that explanation, it is far more informative than this article, which it seems to me to be written for a 5 year old. I do however wonder how almost continuous strikes during the construction phase can be viewed as outside events ??

  • Riaan Robbeson - 2014-10-09 16:37

    Ian, the process is actually really complicated. In simple terms, you cannot fire the boilers directly with coal. It has to be brought up to a consistent temperatue with the burning of oil and only when this critical temperature is reached, can the burning of coal commence. Since this coal is put through a pulveriser beforehand, it is as fine as babypowder and burns at a very high temperature. It basicallyexplodes, more than burn. It would appear as if very little of the comments are based on actual facts of what is happening at Medupi. At Medupi they do have an quarterly public meeting that anyone can attend. I would strong recommend this as the quality , assurance and dedication on this project is actually amazing. Yes, certain elements have caused undue delays, but it should beviewed as isolated events outside of the project itself

  • martin.kamffer - 2014-10-09 19:07

    At least its moving moving forward you miserable b&stards

  • Johan Wassenaar - 2014-10-09 19:34

    I believe the powergrid is not capable to accept even the private power suppliers capacity and have to be upgraded. Where are the capacity going to be fed into?

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