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Third new power plant for South Africa?

21 July 2009 – A third power station may be on the cards for South Africa, Kobus Steyn, senior general manager at Eskom Enterprises’ capital expansion unit revealed this week.  According to Steyn, approval for a 4 800MW power plant will be requested from the Eskom board in December.

“All the planning has been done,” he said. “It’s supposed to go to the board for approval in December.”

Eskom is building two new power plants currently – Kusile and Medupi and is spending millions of dollars on the two plants.

Steyn says that the decision to go ahead will depend on the Department of Energy’s estimated on growth in demand and new technologies.  The new unit could be commissioned as early as 2016.