ABN - Eskom has announced that Unit 5 of its Medupi power station has begun commercial operation, having been completed a year early.
The unit at Medupi, located in South Africa’s Northern Limpopo province, will add 800MW to the national grid and is part of Eskom’s ongoing drive to revamp its aging power plants.
The milestone comes after its sister unit, Unit 6, came online in August 2015.
Matshela Koko, Eskom’s interim group chief Executive said: “The Eskom new build programme is meant for strengthening the electricity supply. Medupi with its second unit coming online, is a reflection of the endeavours towards realising this initiative.
“Eskom applauds the Medupi team. This milestone is indeed an epitome of delivery.”
The national power utility firm’s other recent projects include the Ingula hydro-powered plant in KwaZulu-Natal and the Kusile coal-fired plant in Mpumalanga, which have a combined capacity of around 6,132MW.