The Kusile power station near the existing Kendal power station in the Victor Khanye municipal area of Mpumalanga province, South Africa, is expected to have its first unit online in December 2014. The station will consist of six units each rated at approximately 800 MW installed capacity giving a total of 4,800 MW. As such it will be one of the largest coal-fired power stations in the world, once finished.
Kusile will be the first power station in South Africa to have flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) installed. FGD is used to remove oxides of sulphur, such as sulphur dioxide, from exhaust flue gases in power plants that burn coal. To help conserve water, the plant will use an air cooling system.
Construction progress at Kusile by the end of October 2013 saw the setting of the 360 tonne generator stator for Unit 1, as well as completion of concrete placement for the Unit 3 steam turbine foundation. The project has also started pulling the cabling required to support back feed and it has commissioned and energised the high-voltage yard.
To date the project has seen R3.176 billion spent on local suppliers and contractors with 402 local companies have benefited to date.
Boiler unit 1 at Kusile is 27.7% complete, while boiler Unit 2 is 9.3% complete. Silo construction is 68.0% complete. The west chimney is 85.5% complete. The main civil works is 66.1% complete, turbine Unit 1 is 56% complete, the materials handling is 14.6% complete and the access roads have all been completed.
As at October 2013 the number of people on the 1,355 hectare Kusile site was 16,825. The first concrete at Kusile was poured on the 3rd of March 2009.