Time to fast-track Medupi

Time to fast-track Medupi

2014-06-18 06:00

Cape Town - As Eskom battles to keep the lights on, progress at the Medupi power station must accelerated, said President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address on Tuesday night.

Zuma said the country's energy sector needs "radical transformation" to develop a sustainable energy mix that comprises coal, solar, wind, hydro, gas and nuclear energy.

"We need to respond decisively to the country’s energy constraints in order to create a conducive environment for growth."

"Progress at Medupi power station construction site will be accelerated," he said.

He added that plans on the financing of the next large coal fired power station, Coal 3, will be speeded up so that the procurement process can commence.

Zuma announced that a sub-committee will be formed to focus on the energy sector.

"The sub-committee will also ensure that Eskom receives the support it requires to fulfil its mandate and that it remains focused on achieving its goals and targets."
Zuma also touched on developing nuclear power and exploiting shale gas reserves.

"Work needs to be done at a technical level on all forms of energy, especially nuclear energy and shale gas, with regards to funding, safety, exploitation and local manufacture of components.

"Nuclear has the possibility of generating well over 9 000 MW, while shale gas is recognised as a game-changer for our economy."

Just ahead of Zuma's address, Eskom announced that it entered Stage 1 of load shedding, after warning of extremely tight power supply.

The parastal warned that it anticipates a severe winter as demand for electricity usually mounts during temperatures drop.

 - Fin24

  • Erna Westdyk - 2014-06-18 06:07

    Now suddenly Medupi is considered urgent - something that should have been finished ages ago!

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-06-18 10:22

      And let's not forget all the Medupi strikes!

      SaintBruce Bruce - 2014-06-18 16:55

      Just go back a little further folks - Dear old Jeff Radebe and Alec Erwin scuppered Eskom in the late 90's with the much needed expansion plans. Political Interference has cost this economy hundreds of Billions of Rands due to the incompetence of "liberation fighters" to comprehend how to run a complex organisation such as a whole country! Why do Chemical / Mechanical Engineers get snapped up into large corporate think tanks? It is because they are trained in handling large complex multi-faceted problems with lots of decision steps. Do you see any such highly trained people in the Political Leadership of this country? Or even in the second tier of Government? I thought so , the short answer is NO!

      Jacques Otto - 2014-06-18 17:23

      Exactly what hapened to the 75 Biiion spent by Eskom in the 2010 state of Nation speach. Zuma What do you mean with Radical transformation. You talk about coal plants shell gas and Nuclear which all will run through which power lines. O Eskom. Now Zuma transformation would be to privatise 50% of the production and supply Network. My power bill has from last month to this month gone from R3000 to R5500 with no heaters or any additional equiptment plugged. You see eskom loves this as they increase the rate to reduce usage. They however run at full capcity meaning when the rate increases their profits jump through the roof. The short supply ensures rate fluctuations in winter vs summer. Their short supply forces yearly rate escalations and forces goverment invest from tax base to build plants. It is very weird system we have. As a tax payer i own part of Eskom as i fund the infrastructure developtment cost. This cost however is not taken out of the balance and but rather used as to increase prices of supply. They state we had to invest but infact we invested not them and are then charged again for our investment. This is why prvatisation is important so it can run on own investment and not burden the tax payer. But ok the ANC thinks the economic growth after 1994 was their doing making them master economist when in fact it was sanctions which was dropped allowing us to play in the open market. They have no clue

  • Naas Du Plessis - 2014-06-18 08:24

    This is so far behind schedule it's a joke. African time

      SaintBruce Bruce - 2014-06-18 17:01

      The really interesting point is that China starts up a new coal fired power station every 2 weeks ! They have a factory building modular power stations that make enough power to supply local towns or industrial complexes. These small coal fired power stations create local jobs and coal is brought in to where the energy need is located. South Africa gets sold the big, money hungry, complex and time consuming to build power stations ! I wonder why a better model was not followed? No, don't tell me the kickbacks on offer were better! It couldn't be that could it?

  • grant.mcgillan - 2014-06-18 09:11

    Contractors will be salivating at the very thought of it. And this lot want nuclear. Time to leave the continent when that is powered up.

  • Ian Flack - 2014-06-18 09:39

    Coal 3, another coal fired power station? Very, very short sighted if you ask me.....

  • DeWet Du Plessis - 2014-06-18 09:58

    Oh yes, let us start speed things up now.

  • willem.ras - 2014-06-18 10:17

    The time has come to make independent power production possible...

  • Rieks - 2014-06-18 10:49

    Want to speed things up? Fire the lazy, forever striking, incompetent contractors and workers and appoint competent, reliable people to do the work. Then the project will also be finished within the allocated time.

      Ted Hughes - 2014-06-18 13:41

      The Labour Relations Act rears it's ugly head yet again. There is no morality among the wukkers and the government is ever mindful of it's need for votes so nothing is done. The taxpayer yet again has to struggle because of the Labour Act while the socialist ministers think that their policies work???

  • Donovan Dunn - 2014-06-18 11:10

    The only thing Tina Joematt-Peterson will fast track is the flight bookings for her family on her tax payers credit card.

  • Ted Hughes - 2014-06-18 13:38

    Now that the Wukkers see that it has to be accelerated what's the betting that they will go on strike because they think they have everybody over a barrel.

  • Jackey - 2014-06-18 14:11

    Coal 3 ???Another excuse to rape the SA taxpayer again

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