4 September 2013 – Eskom says it has put into place several new interventions to expedite the delivery of the 4,764 MW coal fired Medupi power station to the west of Lephalale in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, and which should see its first unit commissioned by mid-2014. South Africa’s national utility says that the Eskom board is closely monitoring the project and has senior executives at site on a weekly basis.
A bi-monthly meeting has been set up between Eskom executives and the chief executives of all the major contractors. This meeting includes a site walk to resolve all the issues hampering progress. A commercial strategy is being pursued to recover cost overruns from contractors.
The generator stator of Unit 1 of the six unit power station was lifted into position on the 17th of August 2013. This was the last of the six stators to be placed into position. The high pressure fuel oil pressure test was successfully completed on the 3rd of August. The boiler team successfully completed the soot blower hydro test. This is important for ensuring safe and efficient operation of the boiler.