Monday, August 02, 2021

Eskom Medupi’s last unit achieves commercial operation

Eskom announced that Unit 1, the last of six generation units at Medupi Power Station Project in Lephalale, Limpopo, has finally been completed.

In a statement, the parastatal said the completion of Unit 1 marks the completion of all building activities on the 4 764MW project, which commenced in May 2007.

The unit attained commercial operation status and was handed over to the generation division on Saturday.

“The commercial operation status means technical compliance to statutory; safety and legal requirements have all been met. The unit was officially declared commercial after the completion of the unit optimisation, control demonstration, as well as the 72-hour and 30-day reliability run, which have put all performance guarantees into effect. Unit 1 was first synchronised to the national grid on 27 August 2019 and reached the full load of 794MW on 05 December 2019,” says Eskom’s spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Eskom said the commercial operation status means technical compliance to statutory, safety, and legal requirements have all been met.

The utility has since applauded all the teams involved and its execution partners for working tirelessly to ensure the unit is handed over for commercial operation as planned by the end of July.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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