Medupi up and running in 2015 - Eskom
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Medupi up and running in 2015 - Eskom

2014-06-05 16:28

Johannesburg - Unit six at the Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo, is expected to be the first unit to go live early next year, acting Eskom CEO Collins Matjila said on Thursday.

"Medupi has been going on for a number years and... it has been a challenge for Eskom. We have learnt very valuable lessons in the construction and management of mega projects like Medupi," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"We are now at a point where we can confidently say that we will meet the synchronisation date by the end of this year, having dealt with those two critical issues of the boiler welds and the control instrumentation."

The project has been beset by delays due to contractor bungling and labour disputes, with the power utility stating in October that South Africa could expect electricity from the coal-fired power station in 2014.

Matjila said the unit coming on line, which would add 800 megawatts (MW) to the power utility's capacity, would be a boon for the constrained power system.

"This will provide mass relief to the shortage of capacity we are experiencing throughout the year, but particularly the shortage that we are experiencing in the winter period," he said.

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, speaking before Matjila, said it was pleasing that new projects like Medupi were nearing completion.

"[It] will not only alleviate the pressure on the power system, but will also support government's economic programmes and developmental objectives," she said.

"All required qualification documentation and... boiler welds have been quantified and repaired. The successful hydrostatic testing of the Medupi unit six boilers... that caused the delays, have now been resolved."

Matjila said electricity demand in June and July was expected to be over 34 000 MW, with Eskom projecting peak demand of about 35 500 MW around July 21.

"We are also looking at additional capacity, that we will be obtaining from various sources, including the IPPs (independent power producers). We have already secured a number of contracts with IPPs," he said.

"We have also seen a reduced dependency on South Africa from our neighbouring countries, which is a positive sign."

Eskom generated 1500 MW of capacity in Mozambique, and sold 1200 MW back to the country.

Swaziland was supplied with 100 MW, while 150 MW was supplied to Botswana.

Last year, Eskom used significant amounts of open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) to produce power, which had resulted in increased spending on diesel.

"For us, the usage of OCGTs becomes a last resort before implementing emergency protocols, that then call for our major industrial customers to reduce load," said Matjila.

"We will have periods during winter where demand peaks, to the extent that it puts us closer to where we have to increase our usage of OCGTs when we have exhausted all our available levers."

Other than that, Eskom was confident it had taken all necessary steps to ensure the increased winter demand was met without resorting to expensive fuel such as diesel.

The company had spent just above R1bn in the first two months of the financial year, which was R400m less compared to April and May last year.


Comments
  • Marc Anthony Webb - 2014-06-05 16:47

    Expensive lessons at the cost of the consumers and tax payers...Not to worry we will keep funding the bungling and stupidity from EKSDOM and their affilliate the ANC...

  • Allan Keyzer - 2014-06-05 16:54

    Mrs Brown the project is years behind at multiple time the projected cost and you happy with progress? Medupi is far from complete with only one of the six units now to be operational by 2015, when will the other 5 units be commissioned?

      Raymond Van Den Brink - 2014-06-05 22:08

      In 20 years time

      Raymond Van Den Brink - 2014-06-05 22:08

      In 20 years time

  • Allan Keyzer - 2014-06-05 16:55

    Mrs Brown the project is years behind at multiple time the projected cost and you happy with progress? Medupi is far from complete with only one of the six units now to be operational by 2015, when will the other 5 units be commissioned?

  • Allan Keyzer - 2014-06-05 16:56

    Mrs Brown the project is years behind at multiple times the projected cost and you happy with progress? Medupi is far from complete with only one of the six units now to be operational by 2015, when will the other 5 units be commissioned?

  • Allan Keyzer - 2014-06-05 17:00

    Mrs Brown the project is years behind at multiple times the projected cost and you happy with progress? Medupi is far from complete with only one of the six units now to be operational by 2015, when will the other 5 units be commissioned?

  • Jurgen Hartmann - 2014-06-05 17:18

    Can we believe this?

  • Vaughan - 2014-06-05 17:18

    Well considering Eskom power is now so expensive it is most likely a major contributor to South Africa's recession, whats the point?

  • Jurgen Hartmann - 2014-06-05 17:23

    Can we believe this?

  • Michael Konings - 2014-06-05 17:25

    Hope for no empty promises!

  • Lin Thorsen - 2014-06-05 17:26

    And then postponed to 2016, 2017, etc.

  • Ted Hughes - 2014-06-05 17:40

    The strikes caused by workers who cry and beg for jobs then after a short while being employed want bonuses and increases. How much do the delays cost in interest, the average worker has no clue what it will cost him in increased personal costs in the coming years. Government, please govern and get the country working and educate the people over strikes.

  • Mike van Dyk - 2014-06-05 17:53

    Would someone kindly resesrch and publish Eskoms broken promises around completion of yhis project.

  • Lunetic Mental - 2014-06-05 18:02

    What else can one say, except: Viva ANC, viva!!!

  • Andrew Ingram - 2014-06-05 18:04

    Haha....hahahaha....hahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Lodewyk Fred - 2014-06-05 18:08

    "We have learnt very valuable lessons in the construction and management of mega projects like Medupi, especially if it comes to bribes and kick backs"

  • Fanie Gerber - 2014-06-05 18:09

    They dont learn from the past.... these things take time. Majuba the Newest Power station in the fleet's construction started in September 1983 and by April 1996 the first unit was connected to the grid. The last unit was commissioned in April 2001. In other words from beginning to end 18 years From beginning to first unit coming online 13 years.And this lot is not even 5 years into it - this thing will be online 2018 earliest

  • Fanie Gerber - 2014-06-05 18:09

    They dont learn from the past.... these things take time. Majuba the Newest Power station in the fleet's construction started in September 1983 and by April 1996 the first unit was connected to the grid. The last unit was commissioned in April 2001. In other words from beginning to end 18 years From beginning to first unit coming online 13 years.And this lot is not even 5 years into it - this thing will be online 2018 earliest

  • Fanie Gerber - 2014-06-05 18:09

    They dont learn from the past.... these things take time. Majuba the Newest Power station in the fleet's construction started in September 1983 and by April 1996 the first unit was connected to the grid. The last unit was commissioned in April 2001. In other words from beginning to end 18 years From beginning to first unit coming online 13 years.And this lot is not even 5 years into it - this thing will be online 2018 earliest

  • Jump Japisa - 2014-06-05 18:19

    I hope electricity tariffs will drop once once Medupi become operational.

  • Jump Japisa - 2014-06-05 18:19

    I hope electricity tariffs will drop once once Medupi become operational.

  • Johan Diedericks - 2014-06-05 18:26

    Sh*t happens! Gigaba promised to go on line 2013! VIVA ANC!

  • Bloody Agent - 2014-06-05 18:33

    Mmmm, now where have we heard this before??

  • Grant Durban - 2014-06-05 18:45

    It's only an extra 2% capacity.... 800 on around 40000 so all this time and money for only 2% seems a little strange to me?

  • George Gibbs - 2014-06-05 18:56

    Shortage in Summer and Winter...never a shortage of increases!

  • Wikus Jl Van - 2014-06-05 20:03

    Yea right...eishkom

  • Toby Clive Goss - 2014-06-05 20:30

    Tell us another one just like the other one to

  • CliveK - 2014-06-05 21:11

    Yawn. We have had so many promises about this project that you will excuse us Eskom - and so-called government - if we don't believe you. Billions over budget and years behind schedule, and only the first of six units can be expected in the (relatively) near future. The rest .....?

  • Tim Gaul - 2014-06-05 21:33

    Between several years late than never. Pull the other one...

  • grant.mcgillan - 2014-06-06 14:49

    Hmmmmm, might keep it running for the first couple of weeks and then....Howzit...

  • John Mustart - 2014-06-11 19:30

    It's a pity the ANC is not up to running the country satisfactorily. There is so much mismanagement in this country that I wonder sometimes about the possibility of a revolution sometime in the future. I hope I am wrong. If we all pull together we can avoid it but if some leaders in Government and business continue with corruption at the expense of the poor then we will deserve a revolution.

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