Kusile coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga, South Africa

The Kusile power station, located close to the existing Kendal power station in the Nkangala district of the Mpumalanga 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.

The first unit is planned to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2015. Kusile will be the first power station in South Africa to have flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) installed. This is a technology, 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.

Eskom reports that the Kusile Unit 3 boiler main frame erection making good progress. It also says that Unit 2 boiler tube element erection is progressing significantly better than Unit 1. The stacker and reclaimer assembly in the power station’s coal stockyard is making good progress, with commissioning planned for 2014.

Overall construction of the Kusile project is 54.0% complete. Unit 1 construction is 50.1% complete, the boiler of Unit 1 is 40.2% complete, while the boiler of Unit 2 is 17.6% complete. Silo construction at Kusile is 93.0% complete, the west chimney is 93.8% complete, and overall the power station’s main civil works are 70.8% complete. The Unit 1 turbine is 69.5% complete, and the coal stockyard materials handling is 17.6% complete.

The total man-hours worked at Kusile now exceed 99 million.

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