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On Wednesday, Eskom reported that Unit 1 of the Kusile coal-fired power station was brought into full commercial operation.

The unit, which was completed ahead of its forecasted July 2018 date, contributed a total 800MW to the national electricity grid.

Kusile Unit 1 achieves milestone

Eskom Interim group chief executive,  Johnny Dladla, said: “At 10:00 this morning [30 August 2017] the Kusile project team formally brought unit 1 into commercial operation after finalising all the phases of building the unit.

“This achievement shows that we have learned lessons from the past and from other New Build projects, hence we managed to achieve this milestone ahead of revised schedule.”

He added: “I would like to thank our employees, contractors, and stakeholders for working together to ensure that we keep on track with our schedule.

“We value their commitment to the project whilst ensuring that we work safely to deliver on time and within budget.” Read more…

Plant completion

Once all six units at Kuilse are in operation –each producing 800MW for a total capacity of 4, 800 MW – it will be the fourth-largest coal plant in the world, the power utility said in a statement.

The utility explained: “Kusile is the first power plant in Africa to implement clean fuel technology such as flue-gas desulphurisa­tion – a state-of-the-art technology used to remove oxides of sulphur, such as sulphur dioxide, from exhaust flue gases in power plants that burn coal or oil.

“This technology is fitted as an atmospheric emission abatement technology, in line with current international practice, to ensure compliance with air-quality standards, especially since the power station is located in a priority air shed area.”

The station has a total planned operational life of 50 years.


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