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Medupi’s Unit 6 produces its first power

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Medupi’s Unit 6 produced its first power on Monday. PHOTO:

South African power utility, Eskom has said that Medupi’s Unit 6 produced its first power on Monday.

This makes it the first of the power station’s six units to be synchronised.

“Synchronisation, or first power, is the process whereby the generator in the unit is electrically connected to the national power grid, in such a way that its power is perfectly aligned with all the other generators to generate and deliver electricity into the national power grid,” Eskom said.

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According to company chief executive, Tshediso Matona, this marks an exciting milestone towards full commercial power.  

“The electricity flowing into the grid marks a new beginning,” he said.

“Within the next three months, South Africa will see Medupi unit 6’s full potential of 794MW being fed into the South African national grid.”

He added that a power station manager has been appointed and that the past six years have been spent training and developing a core set of people who will operate the technology.

“Approximately 350 men and women are waiting to join the force of South Africans making history when the unit gets operational,” said Matona.

“While Unit 6 is the first of Medupi’s six units, it should be noted that all required auxiliary services for the entire power station are ready to ensure that Medupi’s total output of 4,764MW is fully synchronised to the South African power grid.”

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Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown stated that the synchronisation will contribute significantly to South Africa’s economy in the long run.

“We recognise that this is only the beginning, but I am confident that achieving this significant milestone will sustain the dedication and commitment of the Eskom team as they work towards the completion of the project,” she added.