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At the Medupi power plant is on track to start generating power in the second half of 2014, as final pieces are placed.

The Medupi Power Station project, located West of Lephalale in South Africa, has recently seen the Unit 1 generator stator and the Unit 4 air-cooled condenser condensate tank lifted into position.

One hour test runs on the Unit 6 boiler mills have also been completed, in preparation for the first firing of its boiler, and up to 116 000 tons of coal is already on site for the occasion. Unit 6 is on schedule to begin generating power in the second half of next year.

Once completed, the power station will have six units, each with a gross nominal capacity of 800MW, resulting in a total capacity of 4 800MW. This project forms part of Eskom’s R340 billion power generation expansion programme, the largest ever undertaken in South Africa.

Other major power station projects include the Kusile coal-fired power station near eMalahleni in Mpumalanga and the Ingula pumped-storage plant near Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal.

Eskom boasts that it “has already added 6 000 MW (more than the output of Medupi) to its generating capacity by returning three mothballed power stations to service, adding gas-fired plants and by increasing capacity at some existing power stations.”

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